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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 10/13/04
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Nobel Laureate Offers Insight into Brain Function

The scientist whose research led to the discovery of the most common drug used to treat Parkinson's disease will speak Oct. 20 at UC.

Arvid Carlsson, MD, PhD, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2000 for his discovery of the role of dopamine, a naturally occurring chemical "messenger" in the brain, in controlling movement. Dr. Carlsson, emeritus professor of pharmacology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, will present "The Dopamine System: Still an Important Target for Drug Discovery" at the annual Louis Lurie Memorial Lecture at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Louis Lurie, MD, was a pioneer in Cincinnati psychiatry. In 1920 he founded the Psychopathic Institute-which later became the Children's Psychiatric Center-and served as its director until 1948. A founding member of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry and president of the Cincinnati Society of Neurology and Psychiatry,  Dr. Lurie died in 1979 at age 91.

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