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Gift from Parkinson’s support group to boost Movement Disorder Program

April 26th, 2007

The University of Louisville’s Movement Disorder Program has received a $650,000 gift that will accelerate its research on Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Such diseases affect more than 12,000 Kentuckians.

The gift from the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCK) provides $500,000 that will be matched by Kentucky’s Research Challenge Trust Fund. That money will establish an endowed research fund to provide ongoing support for Parkinson’s disease research at UofL. The additional $150,000 from PSCK will be used to hire and train a specialized nurse practitioner and doctors in the advanced diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders.

“The support from this organization and their donors inspires our team,” said UofL President James Ramsey.

“We are committed to finding new ways to treat Parkinson’s and this gift will help us get new research to patients more quickly,” said Irene Litvan, director of the Movement Disorder Program. “The fellowship funds are extremely important, as there is a severe shortage of movement disorders specialists here in Kentuckiana and across the nation. Our ability to hire and train more fellows will help address this shortage.”

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Parkinson’s Support Center of Kentuckiana

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