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George Bartzokis dies at 58; studied Alzheimer's origin at UCLA

George Bartzokis, a UCLA medical researcher whose work found that a fatty substance in the brain could play a major role in the development of disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, died Aug. 22 at home in Los Angeles. He was 58. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Kelly Phelan. Bartzokis (bart-ZO-kis), a professor in the department of psychiatry, focused his research on myelin, a fatty sheath that coats the brain's nerve fibers as new tasks and functions are learned. "Myelin is basically the insulation of the wires of your brain's Internet," he said in an interview with the Smarter Team Training site on brain function and athletic...

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