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January 15, 2008

Roskamp Institute Opens its Doors to Neuroscience Doctorate Research Program

First Florida-based Research Institute to Host a Fully Laboratory-based & Hands-on Research Program

Sarasota, Fla. The Roskamp Institute today announced that it will be home to the first three-year Neuroscience Alzheimer�s disease and related disorders research doctorate program in the State of Florida. The Roskamp Institute will serve as a new institution in The Open University (OU) Affiliated Research Centre (ARC) program for postgraduate research students.

�We are excited to have the opportunity to host this premiere three-year doctorate program, which will provide a unique educational opportunity for post graduate research students,� said Dr. Fiona Crawford, associate director of the Roskamp Institute, who wrote the proposal to bring the doctorate program to the Institute. �For many years, we have run an intern program where we train students from local colleges and schools, and this latest advancement is a natural evolution, which will contribute to the growth and success of the Roskamp Institute and its research endeavors.�

The Roskamp Institute is currently accepting applications for its doctorate program, which will expose students to Roskamp�s state-of-the-art technology and will allow students to gain a knowledge of the Institute�s key divisions including chemistry, proteomics and molecular biology. The first students in the program will pursue dissertation research on Alzheimer�s disease, Angiogenesis and Traumatic Brain Injury.

�Since we opened our doors in 2003, it has been our vision and quest to lead some of the world�s most cutting-edge research,� said Bob Roskamp, trustee of the Roskamp Institute. �Through programs like this, our Institute will be able to mentor and train these young scientists and allow local students and students from around the world to pursue their ambitions in the research field.�

Roskamp Institute�s Director Dr. Michael Mullan added, �What is so exciting about this program is that there is no formal class work and students will be full-time, laboratory-based researchers in the presence of world-class scientists, who are experts in their fields. This exposure will enable them to not only grow their laboratory-based skills, but also the practical knowledge needed to conduct modern day science in a professional setting.�

The Open University has a 110 acre campus in Milton Keynes, England, and is also a distance learning university and the leading eLearning University in the United Kingdom for its quality of teaching. With the addition of the Roskamp Institute, there are now 14 OU ARCs around the world. In addition to the research degree programs, OU is a very large teaching university. More than two million students have studied at OU since its inception in 1971. The OU is accredited by the United States Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

�We are very pleased that the Roskamp Institute has been approved as an Affiliated Research Centre and look forward to developing a relationship with the training of young researchers at its core,� said Catherine Coldbeck, assistant registrar of research degrees with The Open University, who was unable to attend the press conference. �The training of new researchers is very important if the achievements already made are to be built on.�

The Roskamp Institute is a not-for-profit research Institute located in Sarasota and Tampa, Florida, that is dedicated to understanding the causes of, and finding cures for, neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders and addictions with an emphasis on Alzheimer's disease. The Institute�s Memory Clinics also offer comprehensive cognitive and medical assessment toward differential diagnosis of Alzheimer�s disease and offers treatments and disease management options once the diagnostic evaluation is complete.

For more information, please contact the Roskamp Institute in Sarasota at (941) 752-2949, the Roskamp Institute Clinical Trials Division in Sarasota at (941) 256-8018, the Roskamp Institute Roskamp Institute Clinic in Tampa at (813) 979-2008, or visit us online at www.RoskampInstitute.com. For more information regarding this news release, please contact Sarah Bascom or Kristen Bridges at (850) 222-2140.


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