DABI Member Involved in Parkinson’s Study

Dana Alliance member Suzanne Corkin, Ph.D., of M.I.T., is the lead author of a newly published imaging study, which better shows the progression of Parkinson’s disease in living patients, and could lead to more tailored treatments.

According to yesterday’s New York Times:

[The investigators] worked out a way to combine four different sorts of M.R.I. to get clear pictures of damage to two brain structures in people living with Parkinson’s. In doing so, they have added support to one part of the recent hypothesis, which is that the disease first strikes an area involved in movement and later progresses to a higher part of the brain more involved in memory and attention.

Dr. Corkin was awarded a Dana Foundation grant in the mid-1990s to study the pathophysiology of cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease.

– Ann L. Whitman

NY Neuroscience Events Round-up

Do you enjoy attending talks and
lectures about the brain? If you do, then check out our list of upcoming
neuroscience events on the Dana
homepage
. The list is updated regularly, and is focused on New York
City-based programs.

On tap for the fall are events that
focus on consciousness, Parkinson’s disease, memory, and happiness, which will
be hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences, the 92nd Street Y,
and the Rubin Museum. A few of our Dana
Alliance for Brain Initiatives
members are lined up as speakers,
including Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, who is speaking with author and fellow
Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel at the Y about “the biological and emotional aspects of the human memory.”

–Ann L. Whitman

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