Title: Neurologist, Researcher
Location: Gainesville, Florida, United States
Mark Werner, Neurologist and Researcher, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in neurology.
Dr. Werner became involved in his profession because it married his interested in studying humanities and sciences. He was inspired to go into the field of neurology due to his interest in the fact that if you tap on a reflex, you could see what was happening in one’s brain. Fueled by this, he first earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina in 1975 and later an MD at the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1981. He continued refining his medical skills as a resident at New Hanover Hospital and Vanderbilt Medical Center. From 1985 to 1987, Dr. Werner was a neuro-oncology fellow at Duke Medical Center and served the three years after that as a research associate. From 1994, until his retirement in 2013, Dr. Werner supplied his medical services in private practice in general neurology.
Dr. Werner considers his greatest achievement to be his research on the role of sphingolipids in cell differentiation. It involved determining how a cell goes from an immature form to a mature form and it has the potential to induce cancer cells to change into normal cells that stop growing. His achievement also include being the first to publish the presence of EGF receptors in neurons of human nervous system, that diacylglycerol could overcome aspirin inhibition of platelet aggregation; his research in immunoreactive EGF receptors in human gliomas, diacylglycerol accumulation in platelets, multiphasic diacylglycerol generation in platelets and differentiation of glioma cells. Furthermore, he conducted an epidemiology study on increasing incidence of brain tumors in elderly patients and based on data obtained from a tumor registry for the state of Florida.
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