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MSU scientist Jack Lipton to Speak on Parkinson's

By J.J. Boehm
Saginaw Valley State University

January 4, 2012

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine professor Jack Lipton, Ph.D., will speak as part of the Your Health Lecture Series Wednesday, Jan. 18. His talk, "Parkinson's Disease: Origins, Consequences and Potential Therapeutics," will take place at 7 p.m. in the Towsley Auditorium of MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland.

Lipton’s talk will explore the possible causes of Parkinson's disease and the latest research that could lead to new treatment options. A nationally recognized neuroscience researcher, he has consistently received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

At the Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research at MSU, Lipton and his colleagues are currently studying topics including how to overcome resistance to medications for movement disorders, the possible protective effects of deep brain stimulation, adult stem cells and brain repair, as well as the impact of stress and depression on Parkinson's disease. They recently were awarded a $6.2 million research grant by the Center, which is one of only 11 such centers in the nation.

Lipton earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from UCLA. He is helping to develop translational research for the MSU College of Human Medicine and engaging partner institutions throughout the state in the developing and testing of experimental therapeutics.

Lipton's lecture is the part of a new series jointly sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University, the MSU College of Human Medicine and MidMichigan Health have partnered to establish a regional medical campus in Midland, while SVSU and MSU have an agreement that assures early acceptance for two or three qualified SVSU undergraduates into the College of Human Medicine each year.

Admission to the talk is free of charge; this event is open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call the MidMichigan Health Line toll-free at (800) 999-3199.

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Researcher Jack Lipton, Ph.D.
Researcher Jack Lipton, Ph.D.
MSU College of Human Medicine

Photo courtesy of University of Cincinnati