Ken Tyler, MD

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Tyler received his B.A. from Harvard University and M.D. from Johns Hopkins. He trained in internal medicine at the Brigham and in Neurology at MGH, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics with Dr. Bernard Fields at Harvard Medical School. He joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1991, becoming Chair of the Neurology Department in 2009, and is the Louise Baum Endowed Chair of Neurology and Professor of Medicine and Immunology-Microbiology. Dr. Tyler is a member of the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Neurology (AAN), American Neurological Association (ANA), Infectious Disease Society of America, and American Society of Microbiology. He is a past Vice-President of the ANA and has served as a Director of the AAN and the Association of University Professors of Neurology (AUPN). He is a past Chair of the NIH’s Clinical Neuroimmunology & Brain Tumors (CNBT) Study Section. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Neurovirology, and on the Editorial Boards of Neurology, JAMA Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Experimental Neurology, Virology, Journal of Infectious Disease, Apoptosis and Microbial Pathogenesis. Dr. Tyler is an internationally recognized authority in the area of infections of the nervous system. He has made seminal contributions to understanding the pathogenesis and clinical features of viral infections of the Central Nervous System (CNS). His contributions include identifying viral genes involved in determining pathways of viral spread to the CNS, characterizing the role of defined components of the host’s immune response in the protection against CNS infection and identifying key cellular pathways involved in mediating virus-induced neural cell death, and developing novel animal models to study CNS viral infections, including those caused by West Nile and EV-D68. In over 200 peer-reviewed papers and 130 reviews and book chapters he has also made key contributions of our understanding of the neurology of infections caused by herpes simplex virus, JC virus, West Nile virus, Enteroviruses and most recently SARSCoV2.


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