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Banner Sun Health Research Institute investigating genetics of Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative seeks individuals
of Ashkenazi Jewish background for study to speed efforts toward a cure
PHOENIX  (July, 1 2014) — Researchers in Phoenix at Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) will study individuals with genetic mutations associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD) as one of 32 clinical sites of the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), a large-scale biomarker study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Banner Health Experts Discuss Treating Tremors
Parkinson’s disease free medical symposium presented in Sun City

SUN CITY (Oct. 21, 2013) –Banner Sun Health Research Institute presents a free Parkinson’s Symposium to the community from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 hosted at Banner Boswell Medical Center, Memorial Hall, 13180 N. 103rd Drive in Sun City.

Neurologist joins Banner Sun Health Research Institute
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Sept. 25, 2013) – Sara Dhanani, MD, a movement disorders neurologist, has joined Banner Sun Health Research Institute. Dr. Dhanani works with patients with Parkinson’s, tremors and other movement conditions.

Banner Health, Mayo Clinic receive grant to identify early Parkinson’s patients
PHOENIX, AZ (July 19, 2013) — Researchers from Mayo Clinic Arizona and Banner Sun Health Research Institute are working together on a diagnostic test to identify early Parkinson’s disease in patients thanks to a $152,486 grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Currently, there is no accurate diagnostic test for early Parkinson’s disease.

Leading Alzheimer’s research scientist to join Banner Sun Health Research Institute
Sun City, Ariz. (June 4, 2013) – Dr. Salvatore Oddo, a leader in the development of genetically-engineered mouse models and their use in the study of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, will join the research team at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) as a Senior Scientist and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Oddo comes to Arizona from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he served as an assistant professor in the physiology department. He starts at BSHRI on July 1.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute brings brain health awareness to local elementaries
SUN CITY, Ariz. (March 29, 2013) – Area elementary students recently had the chance to view brains – animal brains and a human brain – up close and personal as members of Banner Sun Health Research Institute staff traveled to their schools to educate them on brain health during Brain Awareness Month (March).

Researcher to head to Washington to advocate for Parkinson's disease research funding
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 14, 2013) – Brittany N. Dugger, PhD from Surprise, Ariz., will join members of the Parkinson’s disease community from across America in Washington, D.C. for the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) Forum, from February 25 – 27.

Talented college undergraduates and high school students wanted  
PHOENIX (Feb. 5, 2013) – Students interested in learning more about biomedical research are invited to apply for Banner Sun Health Research Institute’s eight-week internship program. The program is designed to further students’ science education with hands-on work and encourage them to consider careers in health care and research.

Top doctor covers treatment options for new Parkinson’s patients  
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 5, 2013) – Dr. Holly Shill, neurologist and movement disorders specialist at Banner Sun Health Research Institute’s Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research, will discuss the signs and symptoms and latest treatment options available to patients newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The lecture will take place Friday, Feb. 8 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Morin Auditorium at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City, Ariz., 85351.

BSHRI opens American Parkinson’s Disease Association office
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Jan. 11, 2013) – Parkinson’s Disease patients and their families will have a new resource in the community to help them cope with their disease.  Banner Sun Health Research Institute announced this week the opening of its new American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA) office in Sun City. The office opened Jan. 7.

A Saliva Gland Test for Parkinson’s Disease?
PHOENIX (Jan. 10, 2013)  — Described as a “big step forward” for research and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, new research from Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Banner Sun Health Research Institute suggests that testing a portion of a person’s saliva gland may be a way to diagnose the disease. The study was released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16–23.

Banner Health sponsors Power over Parkinson’s Conference
PEORIA, Ariz. (Sept.18, 2012) –  More than 1.5 million people in the United States are affected with Parkinson’s Disease, which is a disorder in the body’s central nervous system. Banner Health is partnering with the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association to bring an educational event to the Valley. The 2012 Power Over Parkinson’s Community Educational Conference is slated for 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6  at Rio Vista Recreation Center, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria.

Landmark Study Shows Tau Levels in Plasma a Predictor for Alzheimer’s
SUN CITY, Ariz. (June 6, 2012) — A study by researchers at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute suggests that plasma levels of tau – a protein formed in the brain appears to be a biomarker and a strong predictor for Alzheimer’s disease.

Reliable Beta-Amyloid Imaging in the Living Brain Presented at AAN Annual meeting in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (April 25, 2012) — Results of a phase III study that showed tremendous reliability in the detection of beta-amyloid in the living brain will be presented by Marwan Sabbagh, MD, director of Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City Ariz..

Researchers secure large grant to spur treatments for Parkinson’s disease.
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Sept. 24, 2011) — The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) announced today an $8 million, five-year grant to support a “National Brain and Tissue Resource for Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders”, awarded to Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) and Mayo Clinic Arizona.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute researcher publishes new book
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Sept 14, 2011) — Lauded as “an invaluable resource for every practicing psychiatrist,” a new medical reference book by Sandra Jacobson, MD, Clinical Investigator at Banner Sun Health Research Institute has just been released by American Psychiatric Publishing.

Banner Research fills new COO position
PHOENIX (June 20, 2011) — Banner Research today announced the appointment of Cynthia Guinn as chief operating officer of Banner Research, reporting to CEO Eric Reiman, effective June 27, 2011.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute study: You may be as old as you feel
SUN CITY, Ariz. (May 18, 2011) — Researchers at Banner Sun Health Research Institute , a leader in longevity research, recently uncovered a valuable nugget that ties the mind-body connection with quality of life as we age.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute find further evidence linking Alzheimers to copper and cholesterol
SUN CITY, Ariz.., (May 12, 2011) — A researchers at Banner Sun Health Research Institute has found further evidence linking copper to the increased probability of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the current issue of the International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, vol. 2011, Article ID 987023.

Imaging Procedure Can Identify Biomarker Associated With Alzheimer Disease
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan.19, 2011) — Preliminary research suggests that use of a type of molecular imaging procedure may have the ability to detect the presence of beta-amyloid in the brains of individuals during life, a biomarker that is identified during autopsy to confirm a diagnosis of Alzheimer disease, according to a study in the Jan.19 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Alzheimers Walk
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Oct.18, 2010) — The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 23 at 8:30 a.m. at Beardsley Recreation Center in Sun City West.

Huntingtons Disease Walk
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Oct. 18, 2010t) — People from the Valley are invited to join Rep. Harry Mitchell and Team Hope on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8:00 a.m. at Evelyn Hallman Park in Tempe, Ariz.

Researchers to test first transfer agent
SUN CITY. Ariz. (March 22, 2010) — Researchers at Banner Sun Health Research Institute are about to start the first Phase 2 research study to test a gene transfer agent for Alzheimer’s disease.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute to hold forum
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Jan.19, 2010) — Typically, the focus of care strategies for Alzheimer’s disease focused on caregivers and people in the middle and late stages of the disease.  Research and feedback has given us new information stating those who have been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease are in great need of education and support.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute part of $1.7 million grant
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Dec. 15, 2009) — The Michael J. Fox Foundation announced $1.7 million in funding to drive new and continuing Parkinson’s research projects at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute and Mayo Clinic Arizona, sites of the Arizona Parkinson’s Disease Consortium.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Banner Alzheimer's Institute begin clinical trials
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Sept. 1, 2009) Banner Sun Health Research Institute and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute are conducting a study where immune globulin administered intravenously (IGIV) will be evaluated alongside standard-of-care medications for Alzheimer’s disease.

New Study of Alzheimer's Investigational Drug Enrolling Patients in Phoenix
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Aug. 13, 2009) – Banner Sun Health Research Institute today announced it has begun enrolling patients with Alzheimer’s disease in the CONCERT study, a new clinical trial that will test the efficacy of a unique investigational drug, dimebon (latrepirdine)*, in patients currently taking Aricept® (donepezil HCI tablets), the leading Alzheimer’s disease medication worldwide.

Sun Health Research Institute offers summer internships to future scientists
SUN CITY, Ariz. (June 17, 2009)  – Sixteen of the country’s brightest high school and college undergraduate students are furthering their science education and beginning to explore careers in science and health care at Banner Health's Sun Health Research Institute Summer Intern Program.

Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium meeting
GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 6, 2009) -- Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Sun Health Research Institute and partners will host the 2009 Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium Annual Conference on Friday, May 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. in Glendale.

Banner Alzheimer's Institute and Sun Health Research Institute enroll patients in clinical trials 
PHOENIX  (June 9, 2008) - Banner Alzheimer's Institute and Sun Health Research Institute today announced that they are actively enrolling patients in a new study of the investigational drug Dimebon™ for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of Dimebon in patients with Alzheimer's disease taken in combination with Aricept® (donepezil HCI tablets), an FDA-approved Alzheimer's treatment.

New book offers medical advice on reducing Alzheimer’s risk
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 26, 2008) – Americans can decrease their chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease, according to neurologist Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, a leading expert in Alzheimer’s research and author of The Alzheimer’s Answer: Reduce Your Risk and Keep Your Brain Healthy (Wiley, February 2008, ISBN: 978-0-470-04494-0, $24.95 / Cloth).

Center for Healthy Aging receives Caring Spirit Award
PHOENIX (Nov. 19, 2007) – Walter J. Nieri, MD, director of the Center for Healthy Aging at the Sun Health Research Institute and the program director for the Sun Health/St. Joseph’s Geriatric Fellowship, recently was awarded the Caring Spirit Award for Individual Achievement by the Phoenix chapter of the Area Agency on Aging.

Research institute receives Best of West award
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Oct. 25, 2007) – Sun Health Research Institute received two honors at the 15th annual "Best of the West" awards program presented by WESTMARC and title sponsor Cox Communications. The awards presentation was conducted on Oct. 25 at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel, Conference & Media Center.

Alzheimer's researcher receives Zenith award
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Aug. 9, 2007) -- In recognition of his significant contributions to Alzheimer’s disease research and the genuine promise of his cutting-edge work, Dr. Yong Shen at Sun Health Research Institute has received the Zenith Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Study Confirms Biomarker as a Precursor to Alzheimer's Disease
SUN CITY, Ariz. (June 5, 2007) – The first evidence of a human biomarker to diagnose Mild Cognitive Impairment, sometimes a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, has been documented in a study led by Dr. Yong Shen at Sun Health Research Institute released today in the Archives of General Psychiatry, a prestigious medical journal.

Studies show that pain relievers do not appear to prevent Alzheimer's
SUN CITY, Ariz. (April 25, 2007) --- Results of a national study released today involving Sun Health Research Institute indicate that over-the-counter pain medication naproxen and prescription pain reliever celecoxib do not appear, initially, to prevent Alzheimer’s disease when given to seniors.

World's first fibromyalgia bank established
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 15, 2007) --- Sun Health Research Institute has established the world's first fibromyalgia tissue bank and is initiating the first research to explore the latest theory in fibromyalgia pain. Both of these endeavors could positively impact the millions of people in the United States suffering from fibromyalgia.

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