Sanders-Brown Center Appoints New Director

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Linda Jo Van Eldik is the new director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, succeeding William Markesbery, who led the center from its inception in 1979 [for more on Dr. Markesbery, see article Odyssey's tribute]. She came to UK from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she was a professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, and associate director of its Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Last year, Van Eldik won a prestigious Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, one of only four such awards given in 2009. She was recognized for her pioneering work in the area of glia cell biology. Glia cells provide mechanical and physical support and electrical insulation between neurons.

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Linda Jo Van Eldik

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