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U. of I. student awarded graduate scholarship for study of aging

Released 5/14/2007

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A University of Illinois student in the Medical Scholars Program in the College of Medicine has won a 2007-2008 Paul D. Doolen graduate scholarship for the study of aging.

Alexander Parent of Savoy, winner of the Doolen award in the biological-bomedical sciences category, will receive $4,000.

Parent is working on developing novel treatments for two of the most common urological diseases found in the aging male population: prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Through the Medical Scholars Program, he will receive a doctorate in chemistry as well as an M.D. degree. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Brigham Young University.

The Doolen Scholarship is awarded annually to graduate students in their second year of study or beyond whose principal scholarly interest is in the field of aging. The scholarship was established in 1986 by an endowment from the Retirement Research Foundation, Oak Park, Ill., to honor the late Paul D. Doolen, a longtime member of the foundation’s board of directors and a 1927 Illinois graduate.