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Workshop to examine childhood neurological disorders

University of California - Santa Barbara

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) -- Childhood neurological disorders will be the focus of a new and innovative workshop to be attended by more than 40 junior as well as senior neuroscientists from all over the country on September 16 -- 19 at a ranch north of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley. The promise of stem cell research as a tool to help overcome these disorders will be among key topics to be addressed. (The final discussion session will be open to the media.)

Kenneth S. Kosik, co-director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will chair the workshop with Jeffrey D. Macklis, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School Center for Nervous System Repair. Children's Neurobiological Solutions (CNS), a private foundation, has organized the event. The foundation's chief scientist, Donald M. Marion, will be among the participants.

The mission of the CNS Young Neuroscientists' Workshop series is to expose outstanding young neuroscientists to emerging ideas about childhood brain disorders, with the long-term aim of influencing some of these young researchers to incorporate the study of these disorders into their career objectives.

Kosik, who is well known for his research on Alzheimer's disease, will present a talk entitled, "Career Focus" Developing the microRNA Story as a Means to Study Neuronal Plasticity and Impact on Neurodegenerative disease."

CNS developed the workshop, which will be held every other year, in order to accelerate and fund research for new brain repair and regeneration therapies for over 14 million children in the United States who struggle with neurological disorders. The foundation donates more than $1 million per year for basic research as well as clinical trials, and is a major supporter of stem cell research. Instead of focusing on a specific disease, CNS targets research on the developing brain and how it can regenerate and repair itself. This focus encourages collaboration among researchers and opens the way to new knowledge and therapies for the broad spectrum of childhood neurological disorders.

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Marion recently joined CNS as science officer. An academic neurosurgeon who has focused on the pathophysiology and treatment of traumatic brain injury for more than 20 years, he is editor of the book "Traumatic Brain Injury."

Note to Editors: Journalists may attend the final scientific wrap-up and award session of the workshop on Wednesday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Alisal Ranch in Solvang. To attend, please contact Jennifer Goddard at 805-565-3990, or 805-705-6065, or by e-mail at goddardcomp@msn.com. For more information on CNS, check www.cnsfoundation.org.

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