Dr. Allen Roses


Age: 73

researcher whose team of scientists identified two genes that put healthy people over 65 at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease who along with his collaborators at Duke University in the early 1990's had rejected prevailing assumptions that the buildup in the brain of a protein plaque called amyloid directly caused memory loss and other mental impairments in Alzheimer's patients, but maintained that the plaque largely resulted from the disease and that the deterioration of brain function actually originated from the variation of a single gene.

Cause of Death: Heart attack

Born: February 21, 1943

Died: September 30, 2016

New York City, New York