Curt R. Freed, MD
Year elected: 1984
Current membership category: Emeritus
Professor and Head, Division of Clinical Pharmacology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Mailstop C237
12700 East 19th Ave. Room 5113
Research Complex 2
Aurora, CO 80045
United States of America
Phone: 303-724-6002
Facsimile: 303-724-6012

Biographical statement

My research on Parkinson's disease is in two major areas. First is transplantation of dopamine neurons into patients. We started transplanting cells into humans in 1988. We are now generating dopamine neurons from stem cells and expect to be transplanting those cells into people in the next few years. Our second area of research is stopping the progression of Parkinson's disease by turning on a protective gene in the brain. We have found that the drug phenylbutyrate can upregulate the gene in the brain of animals and stop Parkinson's from developing in a transgenic mouse model of the disease. We are beginning tests of the drug in patients.

Institutional affiliations

University of Colorado School of Medicine (Primary)
Andrew P. Fontenot, MD is the representative at this institution.


Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Gene Transfer/Gene Therapy
Internal Medicine
Molecular Biology

Positions held

Division/Section Chair
Section Chief
Laboratory Director