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High profile brain scientist to address URI's Class of 2015 at Commencement, May 17

Cranston, R.I., native Rudolph E. Tanzi has been called many things. Time magazine lists him on the 2015 “100 Most Influential People in the World,” he has been named one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds," one of the “Top 20 Translational Scientists in the World" and even as a "Rock Star of Science" by GQ. In fact, Tanzi, the holder of the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, is considered to be one of the greatest hopes for research and treatment breakthroughs to end Alzheimer's disease.

As of May 17, he will also be among The University of Rhode Island's newest and most accomplished alumni. Before addressing the Class of 2015, Tanzi will receive a Doctor of Science honoris causa in recognition of his advanced research and his plan…

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