He was the World Bank economist who received international attention for his efforts to find a treatment for the rare degenerative brain disease that afflicted his son

Augusto OdoneAugusto Odone, a World Bank economist who received international attention for his efforts to find a treatment for the rare degenerative brain disease that afflicted his son Lorenzo — a struggle portrayed in the movie “Lorenzo’s Oil” — died Oct. 24 in Acqui Terme, Italy. He was 80.

The death was confirmed by Patti Chapman, president of the Myelin Project, based in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Mr. Odone and his wife, Michaela, founded the organization in 1989 to foster research into their son’s disease, adrenoleukodystrophy, and other disorders that destroy the myelin sheath, which allows brain cells to communicate with one another.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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