DALLAS May 3, 2011 The National Academy of Sciences today elected Luis F. Parada, Ph.D., chairman of developmental biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, to membership, representing one of the highest honors attainable by an American scientist.
With Dr. Parada's election, UT Southwestern now has 19 members of this prestigious society among its faculty, more than all other academic medical centers in Texas combined.
"Needless to say, I am thrilled. Aside from actual participation in scientific discovery itself, this is probably the most satisfying professional milestone I can think of, which is to be acknowledged by your peers. I appreciate all the support I have from my colleagues at UT Southwestern, with whom I share this honor," said Dr. Parada. He directs the Kent Waldrep Center for Basic Research on Nerve Growth and Regeneration and holds the Southwestern Ball Distinguished Chair in Nerve Regeneration Research and the Diana K. And Richard C. Strauss Distinguished Chair in Developmental Biology.
"I also want to acknowledge all the philanthropic support I have received from the Dallas community, which has been so essential for our research," Dr. Parada said.
Dr. Parada's research integrates the fields of molecular genetics, embryonic development and signal transduction. His studies have provided critical insights into brain development, associated disorders and cancer biology, and have led to the identification of molecules that inhibit nerve regeneration after injury.
"Our approach has always been to relate cancer and other diseases to problems associated with development and to thereby gain a unique insight into human disease," Dr. Parada said.
His laboratory focuses on the regulatory pathways that control the complex process of nervous system development and the consequences of inappropriate development, which can include behavioral and mood disorders, as well as cancer.
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