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Baylor College Neurologist Honored by AAN for Parkinson’s Research

Joseph Jankovic, MD, Receives Movement Disorders Research Award

ST. PAUL, Minn – The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is awarding the 2007 Movement Disorders Research Award to Joseph Jankovic, MD, Fellow of the AAN, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, for his contributions to research in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Jankovic will receive the award during the AAN’s 59th Annual Meeting in Boston, held April 28 – May 5, 2007. The Movement Disorders Research Award recognizes an individual for outstanding work in the field of Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders for either a single, outstanding contribution or for lifetime achievement. Jankovic has published over 600 articles on neurologic movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, tremors, dystonia, Tourette’s syndrome, and other disorders manifested by slow movement or excessive involuntary movements. For his award lecture, Jankovic will focus on his research showing a correlation between essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease, the two most common movement disorders. “Although considered distinct in their etiology, there is an overlap in some clinical, imaging, and pathological features,” said Jankovic. “We and others have recognized for some time that a subset of patients with long-standing essential tremor have an increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease later in life. Our research explores the reasons for this association.” The 59th Annual Meeting takes place in Boston’s Hynes Convention Center. It is the world’s largest annual gathering of neurologists. For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit www.aan.com. –end–

The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 20,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.


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