IDA Presents Award to Bob Cocke, PhD

Founder and President, Wayne Connell and IDA Executive Board Member, Kris Harty personally presented the Research Award to Bob Cocke, PhD. Bob was out of the country and could not receive his award at the 2009 Honors Banquet.

Dr. Cocke received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D., from the University of Texas at Austin and his PHS Post-doctoral Fellow at the Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He has an active interest in the relationship between the mind and disease resistance. Bob currently serves as the Chairman of the Mind Science Foundation.

Other Award Recipients Include:

Advocacy Award - Jim Allsup, President and CEO of Allsup, Inc.,

Corporate Award - Jay Rasulo. Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts,

Founders Award - Peter Strople Senior Partner and Co-founder of Z3 Partners, LLC,

Healthcare Award - Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE Author, Speaker and President of the Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor,

Impact Award - Joyce M. Nelson President and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,

Inspiration Award - Clay Walker Nationally acclaimed recording Artist and Founder of Band Against MS,

Medical Award - Ron Sokol, MD Director, Pediatric Clinical Translational Research Center and the Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Center at The Children’s Hospital

Perseverance Award - Theresa Webster Founder of Hearts Across the Miles,

Volunteer Award - Hal O’Leary President of the Shining Stars Foundation, Founder of the National Sports Center for the Disabled,

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