Aleksandar Videnovic, MD, MSc, an assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University, is the recipient of the new 2008 Parkinson's Disease Foundation/AAN Foundation Clinician-Scientist Development Award.
The three-year award aims to recognize the importance of good clinical research and encourage young investigators in clinical studies by providing an annual salary of $75,000 plus $10,000 towards institutional education. The award was created to support research into drug discovery and development of therapies that will effectively treat Parkinson's. The award is the result of efforts by the Foundation to support clinical research in neurology.
Videnovic was awarded the prize based on his study titled "Circadian Rhythm and Sleep/Wake Cycle in Parkinson's Disease Patients with Excessive Daytime Somnolence."
"Disturbed circadian rhythms are a known cause of sleep dysfunction in the general population, but have not been systematically studied in Parkinson's disease," said Videnovic.
"We may gain novel insights into the pathophysiology of sleep dysfunction and define a role for chronobiologic treatment strategies for the management of sleep dysfunction in Parkinson's," explained Videnovic. "Such strategies are highly desirable since available pharmacological interventions have been of modest benefit, and may cause unacceptable side effects."