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Darien man chosen to head Parkinson’s foundation

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Darien resident Howard D. Morgan was selected to serve as chairman of the board of directors at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Morgan is a senior partner and co-president at Castle Harlan, a private equity firm in New York.

He first joined the foundation’s board  in 2004, serving as chairman 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.

Morgan succeeds Page Morton Black, the long-time foundation chairman and the widow of Bill Black, who founded the foundation in 1957. Black now holds the title of chairman emeritus.

The foundation “has a rich tradition of funding the best research and offering innovative educational and advocacy programs,” Morgan said.  “By building upon this foundation, my colleagues and I seek to accelerate progress for the people who are most invested in our success — the people who live with Parkinson’s disease each day.”

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly 1 million people in the U.S.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is a national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. Since its founding in 1957, the foundation has dedicated $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and $42 million to support education and advocacy programs.

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