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SRI International Expands Neurosciences Research with New Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Program
Date:2/18/2010

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development institute, announced today that a new Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Program has been established within its Center for Health Sciences. This new SRI group of neuroscientists and researchers working at the cutting edge of science brings $6.2 million of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Funding also comes from the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Backus Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association, and commercial clients.

"To date, there are no known cures for neurodegenerative diseases, which can be extremely debilitating and have a tremendous impact on many of the most important activities of daily living," said Gary E. Swan, Ph.D., director of SRI's Center for Health Sciences. "The Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Program is an important addition to our Center. It expands neuroscience research already conducted at SRI, which includes study of analgesia and addiction, sleep and circadian rhythms, neuroimaging, molecular genetics, and human sleep aspects of alcohol and nicotine dependence, to include another area in need of novel therapeutic targets."

Senior Scientists to Lead New Neurodegenerative Disease Research Program

Senior scientists Maryka Quik, Ph.D., Donato Di Monte, M.D., and Amy Manning-Bog, Ph.D., have joined SRI to lead the new research program. The team brings years of research experience on mechanism
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