A Picture of the Life of Nancy Wexler

A Picture of the Life of Nancy Wexler

Nancy Wexler is a scientist I find particularly interesting
because of her field of study, neuropsychology, a field in which I am
personally interested in how the two disciplines of psychology and neurology
combine to form a cohesive science. I also find, upon reading more about her,
Dr, Wexler is a very courageous and ambitious individual who has made it her
life’s mission to find an end to a crippling disease that has personally
affected her so profoundly, something I find honorable and admirable.

Dr. Wexler was born on July 19,
1945 to Milton and Leonore Wexler in Washington D.C. She experienced a major
turning point in her life in 1968 when Wexler discovered her mother was showing
signs of Huntington’s disease. Wexler at the time was entering a doctoral
program for clinical psychology at the University of Michigan and eventually
wrote her thesis on the disease. She received her PhD in 1974. After graduating, she began teaching
psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York City. At this time
she was also conducting research on Huntington’s for the National Institutes of
Health. In 1979, Wexler went to Venezuela to further conduct research on
Huntington’s, where she and a team would collect data that would eventually lead
to the isolation and identification of the gene responsible for the Huntington’s
mutation in 1993. Afterwards, she was appointed as the director for the
foundation her father founded, the Hereditary Disease Foundation. To this day,
Dr. Wexler continues to look for a cure for this horrifying hereditary disease.

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