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House of Representatives Recognition of Dr. Ivan Bodis- Wollner

Wednesday, November 30, 2011   (0 Comments)
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House of Representatives

RECOGNITION OF DR. IVAN BODIS-WOLLNER – THE HONORABLE EDOLPHUS TOWNS – (Extension of Remarks Thursday, November 03, 2011)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to and honor Dr. Ivan Bodis-Wollner for his work on advancing the knowledge of Parkinson’s Disease, towards finding a cure and establishing a PD Clinic that offers specialized, comprehensive care for all patients.

Dr. Bodis- Wollner has established and maintained a Parkinson Disease and Related Disorders Clinic, designated as a Center of Excellence (COE) by the National Parkinson Foundation since 1995. His work as a Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology has taught him the discipline needed to continue his outreach in this field. In this capacity Dr. Bodis- Wollner, popularized the concept of the " Pre- Cardinal stage” of Parkinson’s disease both in the field of neurology and in the lay press. This concept helps to recruit patients in early phases for participating in NIH sponsored neuroprotective trails clinical research.

Dr. Bodis- Wollner has done extensive work in the Brooklyn area producing ongoing, renewable multicenter research for the potential neuroprotective effect of Creatine and of Co-Q10. Several of his works focus on the affluence of Parkinson’s disease in inner city communities and among African Americans and other racial and ethnic groups. The significant strides Dr. Bodis-Wollner has made in his research will undoubtedly benefit countless numbers of constituents in my district and the New York region.

Dr. Bodis- Wollner was Chief Editor of Clinical Vision Sciences and after its merger, Section Editor of Vision Research in all for 14 years. He has lectured around the world, taught medical students, and trained scores of younger scientists who have worked with him and learned from him in his laboratory. Among his students are professors of neurology and clinical neurophysiology and faculty members in neurology. Dr. Bodis- Wollner is also the Chairman of the "Non-Motor” working group of the Parkinson Study Group, a nationwide think-tank for clinical Parkinson Disease Research. Further, he has published well over 100 research studies in peer reviewed journals including Nature, Science, Journal of Physiology, Brain, and Annals of Neurology.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize Dr. Bodis- Wollner for his accomplishments in the area of health care and his service to Brooklyn and New York.

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