Dr. J. William Langston Awarded 2012 Robert A. Pritzker Prize
Published Thursday, April 5, 2012 9:00 am

Sunnyvale-based Parkinson’s Institute’s Dr. J. William Langston
Awarded 2012 Robert A. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinson’s Research

Dr. J. William Langston, scientific director and chief executive officer of The Parkinson’s Institute is the recipient of the 2012 Robert A. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinson’s Research.

The Pritzker Award is made by the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The prize honors both current cutting-edge research as well as an individual’s entire body of work. Dr. Langston was selected for his profound contributions to Parkinson’s disease therapeutic development and his exceptional commitment to mentoring the next generation of Parkinson’s researchers.

“As someone who has spent their career working on Parkinson’s disease, I am honored and inspired to have been selected for the Pritzker Prize,” said Dr. Langston. “Having had the opportunity of knowing Bob Pritzker and working intimately with the Michael J. Fox Foundation from the earliest days, makes this Prize all the more meaningful. Indeed, it adds a powerful incentive to all of us here at the Parkinson’s Institute to accelerate our efforts more than ever to solve this most difficult disease.”

“Bill has long been a true pioneer in the field of PD research, and a real mentor to so many,” said Todd Sherer, CEO, MJFF. “Since his groundbreaking work to advance scientific understanding of PD, as chronicled in The Case of the Frozen Addicts, he has continued to develop innovative strategies in the search for a disease-modifying therapy for PD. Whether through his own research or advising the Foundation on the work of others, he always has patients’ benefit at the forefront of his mind. Our Foundation has been fortunate to partner with him since our earliest days. His counsel has been invaluable, and his integrity and belief in a collaborative approach are inspiring.”

This prestigious prize is named in honor of the late Robert A. Pritzker, a renowned industrialist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, who had Parkinson’s disease.

For more information about the work of The Parkinson’s Institute please contact, Chelsea Kasai, Director of Development at ckasai@thepi.org or at 408-542-5606.

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