Dr. Adams is Professor of Pharmacology at the USC Keck School of Pharmacy and focuses on evidence-backed herbal medicine. He is an expert in medicinal plants, human drug metabolism, herbal remedies, antioxidants and drugs for the treatment of strokes and other ailments. He has written over 160 publications, 6 books, and 60 abstracts, including co-authoring “Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West.”
Dr. Adams made headway on science’s understanding of Parkinson’s when he discovered the mechanism of redox cycling of MPTP, the toxic agent that can produce Parkinson's disease in humans and animals. He then, collaborating with Jean Shih, showed that MAO knockout mice are resistant to MPTP toxicity – this therapeutic opportunity is currently being explored. Dr. Adam’s lab also holds the patent for use of nicotinamide (vitamin B3) to treat stroke and other forms of neurodegeneration. For the last 15 years, he has studied traditional California plant science under the direction/supervision/care of Chumash healers.