For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2006

Scientific Lecture Open to the Public

Dayton, Ohio-Wright State University will host renowned scientist Guy Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D., for the next segment of the Eminent Scientist Series on Wednesday, October 18, at 10:00 a.m. The free lecture will be held in Room 390 of the Joshi Center on Wright State's Campus. Dr. Rouleau will present the "Molecular Genetics of Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum with Peripheral Neuropathy (ACCPN)" for the event. ACCPN is a devastating neurological syndrome characterized by mental retardation, anatomic malformations, and death at an average age of 33. Wright State scientists are studying the cellular mechanisms of this disease in collaboration with Rouleau.

Dr. Rouleau is a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Montreal, and director of the Clinical and Basic Science Brain Research Center at Montreal's University Medical School. Rouleau holds an M.D. from the University of Ottawa, completed a specialty in neurology at McGill University, and holds a Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University. For more than 20 years, his work has focused on understanding the genetic basis of brain diseases. He has, among other things, mapped more than 20 loci and made a major contribution toward the identification of more than 10 genes responsible for diseases as well as a better understanding of their pathogenesis. Rouleau's work deals with a variety of neurological and psychiatric illnesses with a genetic component, and he has one of the largest patient-oriented cell banks in the world on that subject.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the College of Science and Mathematics, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Boonshoft School of Medicine, and the Cell Biophysics Group. For more information about the event, contact Judy Blair at (937) 775-2168.