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Pain and movement disorders to be discussed in Nov. 15 lecture at MSU

October 31, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about pain and movement disorders will be given Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Montana State University.

Mark Cooper, associate professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington, will speak on "Neuroinflammation and Electroanatomy: Integrative Roles in Pain and Movement Disorders" at 4 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building. A reception will follow in the Leigh Lounge.

Cooper will discuss new evidence about the origin of some pain disorders, as well as some classes of movement disorders (including Tourette Syndrome, Dystonia and gait disorders), which might be linked to the same underlying causes. He will also discuss how this new knowledge has led to surprising new avenues for treating these disorders.

Cooper's lecture is presented by the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which is funded through an endowment created by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva, who died in 2002, also created an endowment to fund the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series features four to six seminars annually, with talks provided by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers.

For more information about this and other Kopriva lectures, visit

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or