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  Kislev 10, 5770 , 27/11/09

Haifa Scientist Cited for Parkinson's Research

Dr. Sarit Larisch, Head of the Cell Death Research Laboratory and senior lecturer at the University of Haifa, has been awarded the prestigious Johnson & Johnson Focused Funding grant for what has been described as "breakthrough research" exploring the cause of brain cell damage in Parkinson's disease. The award, which is granted each year to scientists in support of innovation and excellence in science, was announced in 2008, and officially conferred earlier this month in the United States. This is the first time in three years that an Israeli scientist has received the award.

Dr. Larisch' study of Parkinson's disease (PD), a progressive neurodegenerative disorder caused by the death of nerve cells in areas of the brain that control muscle movement, has revealed a direct link between Parkin, which is a protein implicated in the disease, and ARTS, a protein that promotes death of cells.
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