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Jerry J. Buccafusco, Ph.D.
Dr. Buccafusco was selected as UMDNJ Distinguished Alumni at the University Commencement

Dr. Buccafusco, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, received his Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1978.  His doctoral research examined the role of brain acetylcholine in cardiovascular regulation.  Following postdoctoral training at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, Dr. Buccafusco joined the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia, where he currently is Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology and holds a joint appointment as Professor of Psychiatry & Health Behavior.  He holds two patents for novel drugs potentially effective in Alzheimer’s disease and is the organizer and Director of the Alzheimer’s Research Center and the Animal Behavior Center at the Medical College of Georgia.  Dr. Buccafusco is a leading expert in the role of brain acetylcholine in cognitive and neurological disorders, and is the author of over 110 publications and numerous reviews and book chapters.