WRITER: AMY LILLARD
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: September 3, 1999
UI neurology professor receives New Scholar award
IOWA CITY, Iowa Henry Paulson, M.D., Ph.D.,
University of Iowa assistant professor of neurology, has been selected as
one of 10 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholars in the nation. He will receive
$50,000 a year for four years to aid in his study of degenerative neurological
diseases associated with aging.
The New Scholar award, now in its second year, seeks
to give support to outstanding physicians and to promote cutting edge research
in aging processes.
"With the graying of America, it's important to find
what causes these diseases," Paulson said. "This award is a nice boost to
help us generate preliminary data on a novel and important project."
Paulson's research stems from a discovery he made
in 1997 that many degenerative diseases are due to abnormal accumulations
of proteins in the brain. Using inherited diseases as models, researchers
may learn more about diseases that commonly afflict older people such as Alzheimer's
and Parkinson's diseases.
After working with the UI Center on Aging to craft
the application for the award, Paulson says the award will help to facilitate
interaction with the center.
Paulson joined the UI faculty in 1997 after gaining
widespread attention for his work at the University of Pennsylvania on several
neurological disorders, including Huntington's and Machado-Joseph disease.