- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - A world-renowned neuroscientist considered to be one of the greatest hopes in the search for treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s disease is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the University of Rhode Island’s commencement ceremonies.

Rudolph Tanzi, a Cranston native and Harvard Medical School researcher who has been called one of the “world’s most influential scientific minds,” and a “rock star of science” is also scheduled to receive an honorary doctor of science degree at the May 17 ceremony.

URI President David Dooley says the graduates are eager to hear Tanzi “share his insights into the power of the brain and his work to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.”

The university will also bestow honorary degrees to Shirley Cherry, Rolf-Dieter Schnelle; Angus Taylor; and Leo DiMaio Jr.

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