Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mahlon DeLong, MD honored for his work

Pictured above are Jan Teller, PhD, DMRF Science Officer and Mahlon DeLong, MD, DMRF Medical and Scientific Director

This past weekend Emory University hosted a tribute to Mahlon DeLong, MD – DMRF’s Scientific and Medical Director. The DeLong Celebration included a day-long program: Basal Ganglia: Function, Movement Disorders and Treatment Options, a symposium honoring the contributions of Mahlon DeLong, MD; a celebration dinner honoring Dr. DeLong and presentations of the Courage to Inspire Awards this year awarded to Muhammad and Lonnie Ali and Dr. DeLong. The final component of this celebration was a public educational program sponsored by Emory and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, “Staying Sharp”.

It was a wonderful series of events to honor the many contributions of this extraordinary man. Dr. DeLong’s research in the 1970’s, his out-of-the-box thinking about the role of the basal ganglia has allowed for the development of successful surgical treatments available to dystonia patients today. The DMRF is so fortunate to have the benefit of Dr. DeLong’s leadership, dedication and commitment. We congratulate him on his many contributions and thank him for everything he has done to advance the field.

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