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On September 16-17, 2013, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) will convene the 15th Annual Meeting of the Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research for Center Directors, investigators and trainees. The Udall Centers program was established by the NINDS in 1997 immediately following the passage of the Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Act (P.L. 105-78) into law. The NINDS currently funds a network of 10 Udall Centers across the country, representing a key component of the NINDS research portfolio in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and related neurodegenerative disorders. Udall Centers perform state-of-the art basic, translational, and clinical research on PD, including examination of underlying neurobiological and neuropathological mechanisms, identification and characterization of candidate and disease-associated genes, establishment of improved PD models, target identification and early testing of potential therapeutic strategies, and the initiation of novel avenues of clinical research. Hosted by the NINDS, and developed in collaboration with the Udall Center Coordinating Committee, the meeting is a unique annual forum in which Center investigators gather to discuss creative Center-based approaches to emergent issues in the research and treatment of PD, as well as to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and sharing of resources and data.

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