For Jan. 20, 1999

Dr. Richard Youle earned his undergraduate degree at Albion College in Michigan, and followed that with a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He joined NIH in 1977 as a staff fellow in the Laboratory of Neurochemistry at NIMH.

In 1984 he moved to the Surgical Neurology Branch of NINDS, and has been with them ever since, becoming chief of the Biochemistry Section in 1988.

Dr. Youle's research interests include the mechanism of action of toxic proteins, the mechanism of programmed cell death, and design and engineering of new proteins that regulate cell death. Dr. Edward Oldfield, has been chief of the Surgical Neurology Branch of NINDS since 1986.

Dr. Edward Oldfield earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky, and completed a surgical internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville. After neurology residencies at Vanderbilt and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London, Dr. Oldfield joined NINDS in 1981.

Dr. Oldfield's interests are varied and include several clinically oriented issues, such as the blood-brain barrier and drug delivery to the CNS, pituitary tumors, brain tumors, vascular disorders of the CNS, and syringomyelia.

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