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

ago at the age of 37, this successful trial lawyer decided to make a difference with her advocacy about the need for more research support and options for therapy. She founded the Parkinsons Action Network and is credited with having convinced legislators to create the Morris Udall Centers and raising hundreds of millions of dollars for critical research into the cause and cure for this disease.

Ms. Samuelson, a resident of Healdsburg, California, also played a major role in convincing the citizens of California to create a fund of $3 billion for stem cell research and the creation of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). She was elected to membership on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee of CIRM and serves as vice chair of that important group.

During her acceptance comments, Samuelson credited several members of the ASNTR with their early support of her efforts and for their effective work with legislators and celebrities, including film and TV star Michael J Fox who, through her work, testified before Congress on the need for more PD research.

The award was presented by the founding president of ASNTR, Dr. John Sladek of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The lifetime achievement award is named in honor of Molly and Bernard Sanberg, parents of Dr. Paul Sanberg, ASNTR co-founder, Distinguished University Professor, director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair and associate vice president for innovation at the University of South Florida.


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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
Source:Eurekalert

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