Sandra Kostyk, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Clinical
Neurology and Neuroscience
College of Medicine
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Biomedical Nutrition
Areas of Expertise: Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, neurodegenerative disorders, movement disorders, spinal cord injury
We are currently interested in identifying disease modifying interventions for individuals with neurodegenerative disorders and in particular, those with Huntington's and Parkinson's Diseases. It appears that environmental and perhaps nutritional factors (e.g. fish oils, dietary anti-oxidants and supplements) may alter disease course. We have a well characterized clinical cohort of patients and would like to expand our interventions and studies beyond current clinical trials with agents such as our on-going trials with Coenzyme Q10 and creatine. Altered energy metabolism and caloric expenditure/consumption may be factors in disease progression in both of these disorders.