Hunter biology professor Marie T. Filbin named co-recipient of 2001 Ameritec Prize for paralysis research

Neuroscientist shares prize with university colleague from Berkeley

NEW YORK, October 30, 2001 - The Ameritec Foundation has selected Professor Marie T. Filbin of Hunter College of the City University of New York as co-recipient of the 2001 Ameritec Prize for significant accomplishment toward a cure for paralysis. Director of the college's Specialized Neuroscience Research program, Professor Filbin-the first female winner-shares the prize with Professor Mu-Ming Poo of the University of California at Berkeley.

Their research, conducted independently, relates to the role played by a molecule called cyclic AMP in affecting the regeneration of nerve axons after injury. Both scientists will receive the prize at the Neurotrauma Symposium in San Diego on November 10, 2001.

Professors Filbin and Poo are the eighth winners of the Ameritec Prize, established in 1987 specifically to recognize scientists whose research advances the search towards a cure for paralysis. Winners of the prize, funded by the nonprofit Ameritec Foundation in Covino, California, are chosen by an advisory board of prominent medical researchers. Previous winners include Prof. Martin Schwab of Switzerland; Prof. Yves Barde of France; Prof. Fred Gage, the Salk Institute; Prof. Corey Goodman, formerly of the University of California at Berkeley; Prof. Marc Terrier-Lavigne, formerly of the University of California at San Francisco; Professor Thomas Jessel, Columbia University; and Dr. Albert Aquayo, McGill University.

Professor Filbin's research in neurobiology has received national and international recognition; her findings have been published in Neuron and other prestigious magazines. The work in the Filbin lab that led to the Ameritec Prize began when the Hunter researchers identified a molecule in the brain and spinal cord that potentially inhibited nerve re-growth. This molecule, called MAG, is found in the myelin membrane, the membrane that ens

Contact: Maria Terrone
City University of New York

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