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The Parkinsonís Disease Foundation Names New Director of Research Programs

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) announced today that James Beck, Ph.D., has been named as Director of Research Programs effective September 22, 2008.

Dr. Beck was most recently Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Long Island University and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience at New York University School of Medicine.

“Dr. Beck’s outstanding scientific credentials and management skills make him uniquely qualified for this critical senior position at PDF,” said Robin Elliott, PDF’s Executive Director. “He brings not only a solid understanding of neuroscience but also a commitment to those living with Parkinson’s disease which will be essential in his role of helping to guide PDF’s research programs.”

“I look forward to working with the PDF Board of Directors, Scientific Director and staff to build on PDF’s long and rich history of funding the most promising scientific research in Parkinson’s disease,” said Dr. Beck. “Together we will work to ensure that PDF’s research programs continue to advance the science to find the causes of and a cure for Parkinson’s disease.”

At Long Island University and New York University, Dr. Beck was recognized as a proven science educator and scientist. In addition to teaching courses for undergraduate and medical school students, Dr. Beck was a recipient of NIH funding and published articles in the Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology and Journal of Comparative Neurology. His research focused on the neural control of vertebrate motor systems and behavior. Dr. Beck holds a B.S. from Duke University and a Ph.D., from the University of Washington, Seattle. He received his Postdoctoral training from the New York University School of Medicine.

About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US living with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through education programs and support services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $70 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.

Source Date: Sep 10 2008