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Release: September 3, 1999

UI neurology professor receives New Scholar award

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Henry Paulson, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa assistant professor of neurology, has been selected as one of 10 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholars in the nation. He will receive $50,000 a year for four years to aid in his study of degenerative neurological diseases associated with aging.

The New Scholar award, now in its second year, seeks to give support to outstanding physicians and to promote cutting edge research in aging processes.

"With the graying of America, it's important to find what causes these diseases," Paulson said. "This award is a nice boost to help us generate preliminary data on a novel and important project."

Paulson's research stems from a discovery he made in 1997 that many degenerative diseases are due to abnormal accumulations of proteins in the brain. Using inherited diseases as models, researchers may learn more about diseases that commonly afflict older people such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

After working with the UI Center on Aging to craft the application for the award, Paulson says the award will help to facilitate interaction with the center.

Paulson joined the UI faculty in 1997 after gaining widespread attention for his work at the University of Pennsylvania on several neurological disorders, including Huntington's and Machado-Joseph disease.