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Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to Host PD Therapeutics Conference Monday, September 15, in Chicago

What:                     The Michael J. Fox Foundation PD Therapeutics Conference
When:                    Monday, September 15, 2008, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Where:                   Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro, Chicago, Illinois
Notable Speakers:   Chair: Jeffrey Kordower, PhD, Rush University Medical Center; select MJFF-funded researchers (see partial listing below)
Who Should Attend: Industry and academic scientists interested in PD drug development; business development/ R&D executives from   biotech and pharmaceutical companies; reporters covering health, biotech/pharmaceutical industry, and drug discovery/development
Why:                             The only major scientific symposium exclusively focused on drug discovery/development for Parkinson’s disease
How:                      Registration and full conference agenda at

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) will host its second annual PD Therapeutics Conference on Monday, September 15, in Chicago.

Chaired by Jeffrey Kordower, PhD, Director, Research Center for Brain Repair and Jean-Schweppe Armour Professor of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, the conference will bring together academic and industry scientists to focus on novel research advances impacting development of improved disease-modifying and symptomatic interventions for the diagnosis and treatment of PD.

Select MJFF-funded investigators will present research on topics including novel neuroprotective agents, innovative mechanisms to address disease symptoms and improvements in relevant animal models, and biomarker discovery/development. In addition to scientific talks, a small poster session will highlight novel targets and animal models relevant to PD research.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • D. James Surmeier, PhD (Northwestern University), on the FDA-approved diabetes drug that may protect dopamine neurons in the Parkinson’s brain
  • Anders Björkund, MD, PhD (Lund University, Sweden), on the role of serotonin (better known for the part it plays in depression) in dyskinesias, the disruptive movements brought on by long-term dopamine replacement therapy
  • Erwan Bezard, PhD (Universite Victor Segalen, Bordeaux, France), and Piu Chan, MD, PhD (Beijing Institute of Geriatrics, China), on conducting pre-clinical and clinical research in China
  • Patrik Brundin, MD, PhD (Lund University, Sweden), on the state of cell replacement approaches for Parkinson’s disease 

Registration is free for accredited members of the press.

A multidisciplinary audience of nearly 200 academic, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry researchers is expected.

Funding for the PD Therapeutics Conference has been provided by Elan Corporation, plc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation sand the Licensing Executive Society (LES).

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