Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cerebral Palsy Group Wins National Award

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cerebral Palsy Group Wins National Award

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United Cerebral Palsy of Oklahoma has been honored with the UCPA Program of the Year Award for 1994 by the United Cerebral Palsy Associations.

The state organization won for its S.W.I.T.C.H. program, a volunteers' subset of United Cerebral Palsy of Oklahoma which specializes in adapting toys and equipment for use by people with a variety of disabilities. S.W.I.T.C.H. stands for Southwest Innovators, Therapists and Children's Helpers.

S.W.I.T.C.H. volunteers also adapt and perform extensive repairs to toys and devices that have been donated to United Cerebral Palsy of Oklahoma for its toy lending service. . . Three professors at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have received national recognition for their work. Dr. William L. Parry, professor and chairman of the Department of Urology, has been elected both councilor and Executive Committee member for the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. The association was chartered in 1887 and is the oldest and most prestigious urological organization in the U.S.

Parry joined the department as chairman and professor in 1962 and since 1991 has also served as professor and chairman for the Department of Urology at the OU College of Medicine-Tulsa. He has served on numerous national committees for the National Institutes of Health, the national Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Kidney Foundation. He is also a founding member of the Urology National Coordinating Council. Dr. Paula Grammas, associate professor of pathology, has been named president of the international organization Women in Neuroscience.

The group was founded in 1980 to promote the professional advancement of women neuroscientists, to facilitate contacts and communication among women working in the field, and to collaborate with the national Society for Neuroscience in organizing activities for women during the society's annual meetings.

Grammas is a nationally known expert in neurochemistry of the brain, particularly as it relates to Alzheimer's disease and age-related changes. William Barringer, assistant professor of orthotics in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Rehabilitation, has received the Distinguished Practitioner Award by the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Barringer joined the OU Health Sciences Center faculty in 1980 and serves as assistant professor and chief of the Orthotics Section in the department. . . J. Gary Brown has been named director of the Neuroscience Institute at Mercy Health Center, a comprehensive center for diagnosis, treatment and research of neurological disorders.

Brown said the Neuroscience Institute will be a regional facility for disorders of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves, and that there are few institutes like it in the country. …

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