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Mayo Clinic's Dr. Ronald C. Petersen Awarded Leon Thal Prize for Excellence in Dementia Research
Date:12/4/2007

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Lou Ruvo Brain Institute today announced Dr. Ronald C. Petersen, Director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, was awarded the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute's Leon Thal Prize for Excellence in Dementia Research. Dr. Petersen became the first recipient of the award.

This prestigious award acknowledges a senior investigator in the field of dementia research who best emulates Leon Thal's characteristics as physician, teacher, scientist, mentor, and humanitarian. Recognized by many as the world's most prominent scientist in the field of Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Leon Thal passed away earlier this year.

Lou Ruvo Brain Institute's President & CEO Zaven Khachaturian, Ph.D. presented Dr. Petersen with the award at a Monday dinner reception. The reception was part of the Leon Thal Symposium on the Prevention of Dementia, which assembled 40 of the world's foremost experts in dementia research in Las Vegas (December 2-4) to craft a roadmap for public policies that would radically change current paradigms of therapy development for dementia. In doing so, the conference is projecting Leon Thal's dream for the future -- by focusing the attention of the field on formulating new national strategies to accelerate drug discovery, development, and validation (clinical trials).

About the Leon Thal Prize

Nominees were evaluated by a peer-review panel consisting of senior opinion leaders in the field, who reviewed candidates on the following criteria:

-- Significant contribution to Rx/Dx development,

-- Selfless public service on behalf of the field,

-- Mentoring, and

-- Leadership in developing cooperative/collaborative endeavors and

promoting goodwill cooperation in the field.

"Dr. Petersen well deserves the Leon Thal Prize, not only because of his long history of significant scientific contributions to our understanding of dementia, but also for serving as
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