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Two UCSF Scientists to Receive Prestigious Dementia Research Honor
Date:2/18/2010

Two UCSF scientists have been selected for the American Academy of Neurology’s prestigious Potamkin Prize, for their “outstanding achievements” in research on dementias.

(Vocus) February 17, 2010 -- Two UCSF scientists have been selected for the American Academy of Neurology’s prestigious Potamkin Prize, for their “outstanding achievements” in research on dementias.

Bruce Miller, MD, W. & Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor of Neurology, and Lennart Mucke, MD, Joseph B. Martin Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and director of the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, will receive the honor for their major contributions to the understanding of the causes of, and treatment strategies for, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease and related diseases.

They will receive the prize on April 15, 2010 at the AAN’s annual meeting. The $100,000 prize is to be used for continuing research on dementias.

As director of UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center, Miller oversees a program that provides clinical care and conducts clinical research on all forms of dementia. The Center carries out neuroimaging studies aimed at improving diagnoses of the various forms of dementia, understanding the progression of the diseases and studying the impact of experimental drugs on the conditions. For more than a decade, he and Mucke, a basic researcher based at the Gladstone Institutes, have worked closely to build one of the premier dementia research programs in the world.

Miller has a special interest in the behavioral effects of dementia, notably those seen in FTLD, once commonly known as Pick’s
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