RISING TO THE CHALLENGE
Crossing the Blood Brain Barrier
Because the blood brain barrier—a system of blood vessels that protects the brain from toxins and chemical fluctuations—does such an effective job, it also poses a problem in delivering medications that could help treat disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases, according to Peter Searson, the inaugural Joseph R. and Lynn C. Reynolds Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering. And named professorships—along with being a great honor—provide important opportunities to tackle such intricate problems in innovative ways, he continues. In this short video, hear Searson—and graduate students, Amanda Levy and Andrew Wong—explain what strides are being made with this research, and learn from Joe and Lynn Reynolds why their support has special meaning to them.