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Release: March 31, 2003

Brain Expert To Deliver Alley Memorial Lecture April 9

Randolph J. Nudo, an expert on aging and the brain, will deliver the 11th annual Louis E. Alley Memorial Lecture for the department of exercise science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nudo, director of the Center on Aging at the University of Kansas Medical Center, will speak on "Repairing the Damaged Brain in the 21st Century," at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 in Braley Auditorium (01136 Pomerantz Family Pavilion), UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Nudo's laboratory is studying the brain's capacity for self-repair after damage. It has been known for many years that stroke survivors recover some motor abilities in the weeks to months following the event. By tracking changes in the structure and function of motor areas of the cerebral cortex as a result of a focal vascular infarct, they are beginning to describe the cascade of events that give rise to the reorganized brain.

The Louis E. Alley Memorial Lecture was established in 1992 in honor of Alley, who was a professor in the UI department of physical education, the predecessor to the department of exercise science, from 1950-1983. He served as department chair from 1960-1978. He was noted for his innovations in graduate education, and his leadership set the groundwork for the current nature of the academic programs in exercise science.

For further information contact the UI department of exercise science at (319) 335-9495.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,