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PDF Mourns the Passing of Oliver Sacks

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation  (PDF) mourns the loss of neurologist and friend, Oliver Sacks, M.D., (pictured at left), who passed away on August 30th. 

Dr. Sacks, well-known as the author of Awakenings, which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, was the 2008 recipient of PDF's Isobel Robins Konecky Creativity Award. Dr. Sacks also served as the the honorary chair of the PDF-led Creativity and Parkinson's Exhibit at the first World Parkinson Congress in 2006, which has since led to a gallery of artwork created by more than 400 people living with Parkinson's. 

Below is a note from PDF leadership about his passing:

"Oliver Sacks was a veritable poet of the mind — a polymath of insatiable curiosity about how the brain works and a master weaver of illuminating narratives about many and diverse neurological infirmities that made this arcane science accessible to millions.  In his various roles as gifted student, discerning naturalist and graceful interpreter of science, he lived a life that mattered — to his patients, his readers and his world. As members of the Board, the staff and the community of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, we were privileged to know and cherish this remarkable and original talent, and now to celebrate his extraordinary life and contributions."

Howard Morgan, Chair, Stanley Fahn, M.D., Scientific Director & Robin Elliott, President, Parkinson's Disease Foundation 

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