Huntington Potter, PhD - Director of the Center

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Contact Information


Office: (303)-724-7385


PhD, Harvard University

Professional Titles

Director, University of Colorado Alzheimer's and Cognition Center

Director, Alzheimer's Disease Program, Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome

Kurt N. and Edith von Kaulla Memorial Professor of Neurology

Vice Chair of Basic Research, Neurology Department


Dr. Huntington Potter is Professor of Neurology, Director of Alzheimer's Disease Program at the Linda Crnic Center for Down Syndrome, and is Director of the CU Alzheimer's and Cognition Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Potter studied, researched and taught for 30 years at Harvard University. He then designed and directed the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Johnnie B. Byrd Sr. Alzheimer's Center & Research Institute. He is currently expanding his discovery that Alzheimer's disease is mechanistically related to Down syndrome, which invariably leads to Alzheimer's by age 30-40, through the development of many cells with trisomy 21 and other aneuploidy. Recently, he and his colleagues have found such cell cycle defects in numerous other neurodegenerative diseases, providing a novel approach to diagnosis and therapy. They are also developing several new treatments for Alzheimer's disease for testing first in animals and soon in humans. One, Leukine, is currently in clinical trials. Dr. Potter is author of over 100 scientific articles, books and patents, has received numerous awards for his work, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Inventors. His electron micrographs of DNA are on permanent exhibit in the National American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

Recent Publications

Coughlan C, Bruce KD, Burgy O, Boyd TD, Michel CR, Garcia-Perez JE, Adame V, Anton P, Bettcher BM, Chial HJ, Koenigshoff M, Hsieh EWY, Graner M, Potter H. Exosome Isolation by Ultracentrifugation and Precipitation and Techniques for Downstream Analyses. Curr Protoc Cell Biol. 2020 Sep; 88(1):e110. PMID: 32633898.

Snyder HM, Bain LJ, Brickman AM, Carrillo MC, Esbensen AJ, Espinosa JM, Fernandez F, Fortea J, Hartley SL, Head E, Hendrix J, Kishnani PS, Lai F, Lao P, Lemere C, Mobley W, Mufson EJ, Potter H, Zaman SH, Granholm AC, Rosas HD, Strydom A, Whitten MS, Rafii MS. Further Understanding the Connection Between Alzheimer's Disease and Down Syndrome. Alzheimer's Dement. 2020 Jul; 16(7) 1065-1077. doi: 10.1002/alz.12112. Epub 2020 Jun 16 

Potter H, Boyd TD, Clarke P, Pelak VS, Tyler KL. Recruiting the Innate Immune System with GM-CSF to Fight Viral Diseases, Including West Nile Virus Encephalitis and COVID-19. F1000Res. 2020 May 11; 9:345. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.23729.1. eCollection 2020. 

A list of Dr. Potter's publications can be found on at Colorado PROFILES