A Pinehurst doctor is one of two new leaders of The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) Board.
Dr. Constance Woodruff Atwell, a a former high level official at the National Institutes of Health was elected as vice chair of the board. Howard D. Morgan, a senior partner at a leading private equity firm in New York was elected as chair.
The appointments were announced following a meeting of PDF's Board of Directors on May 23.
Dr. Atwell retired several years ago as Director of the Division of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS), where she oversaw a program that annually disbursed more than $1 billion in grants for brain research. In her work with PDF's Board of Directors since 2004, Dr. Atwell has served on the Scientific Advisory Board, the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Research Center Advisory Committee. During her scientific career, she was also the recipient of the NIH Director's Award and the NINDS Leadership Award.
Morgan, of Darien, CT, is Co-President of Castle Harlan, Inc. He first joined PDF's Board of Directors in 2004, serving as Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. A graduate of the MBA program at Harvard Business School, he has more than 25 years of experience in the private equity field, including as Executive Director of CHAMP Private Equity, Castle Harlan's affiliate in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Morgan succeeds Page Morton Black, the long-time Chairman of PDF and the widow of Bill Black, who founded PDF in 1957. Black now holds the title of Chairman Emeritus.