Mar 5, 2010 10:44 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Sweden names Michael J. Fox honorary doctor

Sweden's Karolinska institute says it will give an honorary degree of medicine to actor Michael J. Fox for his work to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease.

The institute, which awards the annual Nobel Prize in medicine, says the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has since 2000 given more than $175 million to research aimed at developing drugs against the disease.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991. The disease is a progressive neurological condition that impairs the motor skills.

Karolinska says Fox will receive the doctorate in a ceremony in New York on Friday.



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