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Richard Deth, Ph.D.

Dr DethDr. Richard Deth is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. He received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy from State University of New York at Buffalo, and his doctoral degree in Pharmacology from the University of Miami. His research interests are focused on the role of oxidative stress and impaired methylation reactions in neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, including the important role of epigenetic regulation. His laboratory was first to identify the unique ability of the D4 dopamine receptor to carry out phospholipid methylation and showed that numerous environmentally-derived toxins, including heavy metals, potently impair this process as well as other methylation reactions. In recent years his work has focused specifically on autism, helping to understand the factors contributing to the current autism epidemic. Dr. Deth is the author of “Molecular Origins of Human Attention: The Dopamine-Folate Connection”.

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