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ASNTR awards go to Parkinson's Disease research and patient advocate at May meeting
Date:5/7/2008

Tampa, Fla. (May 8, 2008) The American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair (ASNTR) has awarded The 2008 Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award for Brain Repair to neuroscientist Paul M. Carvey, PhD, dean of the Graduate College at Rush University, Chicago, Ill. The award, made at ASNTRs 15th Annual Meeting held May 1-3, 2008 in Clearwater, Fla., recognizes outstanding research contributions in the field of neural therapy and repair.

The annual award is based on the quality of a researchers contribution and its impact in advancing neural repair, said John Sladek, PhD, professor of pediatrics and neuroscience at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and ASNTR founding president. Dr. Carveys research interests focus on the role of the dopamine (DA) neuron and its relationship to Parkinsons disease (PD). As professor of pharmacology and neurological sciences at Rush University, Dr. Carvey has studied the full range of drugs currently used to treat patients with PD.

In recent years, Dr. Carvey has studied factors responsible for converting stem cells into DA neurons and the role played by pro-inflammatory cytokines within the central nervous system. Much of his work is now examining the relationship between DA cell loss with aging, environmental exposure to toxins and disease.

Dr. Carveys research consistently has been at the forefront of novel approaches to understanding Parkinsons disease and its potential therapies, said Gene Redmond, MD, professor of psychiatry and neurosurgery of the Yale School of Medicine and past president of ASNTR.

Joan Samuelson, JD recognized with Sanberg Lifetime Achievement Award

ASNTR awarded the Sanberg Lifetime Achievement Award to nationally recognized patient advocate, Joan Samuelson, JD, for her unrelenting work to better educate the Congress and the American public about of the great need for more research on Parkinsons disease (PD). Diagnosed with PD 21 years
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Contact: Dr. John Sladek
John.Sladek@UCHSC.edu
303-521-4621
Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair
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