The Academic Health Center has
accelerated Cincinnati's effort to combat Parkinson's disease by
recruiting six experts in the field.
The six, four of them internationally
known scientists who have joined UC as a group from Rush University
Medical Center in Chicago, will work with existing Parkinson's teams at
the Neuroscience Institute at UC and University Hospital.
"From this time forward, no one from the
Tristate area who suffers from Parkinson's disease need go any place
else for treatment," says Joseph Broderick, MD, chair of the Department
"These new recruits, working together in
the lab and at the bedside, will make UC one of only a few places in
the country with clinicians, surgeons and scientists who are
collaborating closely to find new treatments for Parkinson's disease,"
says Dr. Broderick.
UC's six new recruits are:
A neurological disease that progressively
robs its victims of motor skills, such as the ability to control
movement and speech, Parkinson's affects 1.5 million people nationwide,
striking most when they are in their late 50s. The disease gained
international attention when it claimed the life of Pope John Paul II.
Actor Michael J. Fox, whose Michael J. Fox Foundation provides
thousands of dollars to researchers, also suffers from the disease.
Last year, Dr. Seroogy received a
four-year, $250,000 Michael J. Fox Foundation grant to continue his
research. Dr. Sortwell and Dr. Steece-Collier also each hold a $250,000
grant from the Fox foundation.
"Recruitment of these scientists and
physicians reinforces a recent pattern of multidisciplinary,
cross-department recruiting at UC," says Dr. Broderick. "The
Neuroscience Institute at UC and University Hospital now has the mass
of experts needed to comprehensively approach Parkinson's disease from
both a research and a clinical perspective.