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Noted Neurologist to Lecture at U.T. Dallas About
How Analysis of Genome is Transforming Medicine


RICHARDSON, Texas (Feb. 18, 2002) - Noted neurologist, researcher and educator Roger N. Rosenberg, M.D., will present a lecture entitled “Analysis of the Human Genome: The Transformation of Medicine” at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) on Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m.

Rosenberg is the Zale Distinguished Chair and a professor of neurology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is also director of the U.T. Southwestern Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

According to Rosenberg, the “Golden Age of Neurology” dawned a year ago with the publication by two different groups of their respective initial sequences of the human genome.

As a result of the success of the Human Genome Project, science has begun the “genetic exploration” of the human nervous system, he said, with the promise of learning why genetic mutations cause specific neurological symptoms and devising molecular therapies to reverse inherited disease.

“Genomic neurology is finally here and the rewards for our patients and our species will be truly profound and unexpected in the most positive ways unimaginable since we started this genomic trip in early 2001,” Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg, who graduated with distinction from Northwestern University Medical School, has been awarded numerous research grants as principal investigator from both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The grants were in the fields of molecular neurogenetics, neurodifferentiation and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Rosenberg is a past president of the American Academy of Neurology, the world’s largest neurological society. He serves as chief editor of the Archives of Neurology and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Wartenberg Award for Excellence in Neurological Research from the American Academy of Neurology, awarded in 2000.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held on the UTD campus in Room 4.614 of the Jonsson Academic Center. Rosenberg’s talk will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a reception which audience members may attend. For additional information, please call Nancy Waller of UTD’s School of Human Development at 972-883-4845.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 7,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu


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