2009 Ward Burdick Award for UAB Director Awardee is a leader in reforming and maintaining standards for pathology trainingThe director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Metabolic Bone Disease offers won the 2009 2009 Ward Burdick Award for Distinguished Services to Clinical Pathology from the American Society for Clinical Pathology . Jay M. McDonald, M.D., a professor in the UAB Department of Pathology, is a head in reforming and preserving national standards for medical pathology training. McDonald helped writer the current highest specifications for laboratory screening of diabetes mellitus samples and offers been a global leader in establishing scientific pathology as both a basic research and clinical self-discipline., a leading RNAi therapeutics company, and Medtronic, Inc. The recently presented pre-clinical research, performed in collaboration with Professor Don M. Further, direct delivery to the CNS led to robust silencing of the huntingtin gene mRNA, extending presented pre-clinical data previously. This silencing impact was achieved at considerable distances from the infusion site, a significant stage towards translating this delivery strategy from animal models to the larger human brain. Additional pre-clinical studies showed ALN-HTT to become well tolerated following constant direct CNS administration over a period of approximately one month.D., Director of CNS Medication Therapy R&D at Medtronic.