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2005.11.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Biology Professor Doing Parkinson’s Disease Research in Greece on Fulbright Scholar Grant

Omaha - Bruce Chase, a professor of biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant and is currently doing research at the University of Thessaly in Larissa, Greece, this academic year.  The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced the grant.

Chase is undertaking research to develop biomarkers for Parkinson's Disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects about two to three percent of Americans over 70.  The illness is marked by stiffness, tremors and slowness of movement.  In 2003, Chase was awarded a National Institutes of Health grant that examined a genetic component of neurodegenerative diseases. 

"Almost everyone knows somebody who has Parkinson's disease," Chase said.  More than 1.2 million people in North America suffer from it.  "This research is a way of making a contribution to better understanding how this disease operates."

Chase is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries for the 2005-2006 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program.  Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Over its 58 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the U.S.  They are among more than 265,000 American and foreign university students, K-12 teachers and university faculty and professionals who have participated in Fulbright exchange programs.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholars awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

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