Thursday, December 16, 2010

Remembering Charles H. Markham, MD

It is with a deep sadness that I report the sudden death of Charles H. Markham, MD. Dr. Markham died in his home in Santa Barbara, CA last month.

Dr. Markham was an extraordinary man. He grew up in Southern California and served in the army during WWII, stationed in France, Belgium and Germany. During his service, he befriended a neurophsychiatrist who had Parkinson’s Disease and who was influential in Dr. Markham’s decision to become a physician.

Dr. Markham’s contributions to the DMRF and the dystonia community will be long felt. While at UCLA, Dr. Markham investigated the structure and function of the basal ganglia while evaluating treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia, and epilespsy. He was also committed to assisting patients in receiving the best treatments possible. Dr. Markham served as the DMRF’s Scientific Director from 1985 to 1994 helping to shape and develop both the DMRF’s research program and the Foundation during an important time. Since his retirement from this position, Dr. Markham continued to participate in scientific discussions – providing important guidance and counsel. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the brain tissue donation program. We send our condolences to Dr. Markham’s family and his many, many friends. He will be missed.

During this time of reflection and thanks, we here at the DMRF are thankful to have had the benefit of scientific leaders as Dr. Markham and so many others. Their commitment to this community is inspiring.

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