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LSU Health Science Center Neuroscientist Dr. Nicolas Bazan to Sign His Novel, “Una Vida,” at Union Bookstore April 23

04/19/2012 01:59 PM

BATON ROUGE – In celebration of the new paperback release and upcoming major motion picture in production of the fictional novel, “Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind,” author Dr. Nicolas Bazan, LSU Boyd professor and director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, will hold a book signing at the LSU Student Union Bookstore from 3-5 p.m. on Monday, April 23.


In the genre of blockbuster films “Ray,” “The Soloist,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Notebook” and “Field of Dreams,” the novel, “Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind,” published by Five Star Publications Inc. in Chandler, Ariz., will soon become a major motion picture.


As a young boy, Bazan, one of the world’s premier neuroscientists, witnessed a beloved aunt suffer a seizure and vowed to spend the rest of his life studying the causes behind debilitating diseases of the brain in hopes of discovering therapies to slow or cure them.


“Una Vida” is the haunting story of a mesmerizing New Orleans street singer whose eerie past holds the key to renowned neuroscientist Dr. Alvaro Cruz's recurring dream and hunger for redemption. Stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, “Una Vida” can only offer tantalizing clues to her past through her spellbinding vocals, incredible recollection of jazz lyrics and occasional verbal revisiting of a life that is quickly fading. “Una Vida” promises to be filled with delightful twists and unexpected turns, all centered around one of the greatest gifts New Orleans has offered the world – jazz.


Among his numerous accolades, Bazan recently delivered the Opening Plenary lecture, "The Challenge of Civilization: How to Protect the Mind," to the Hirnliga German Alzheimer's Association and Goethe-University Symposium, “Alzheimer's Disease: New Perspectives on Therapeutic Targets and Pathways,” in Frankfurt, Germany. Bazan also received the "Guest of Honour" award presented by the Mayor of Torre di Ruggiero of the Ruggiero il Normanno City, Catanzaro, Italy. In recognition for his discovery of DHA neuroprotection signaling in stroke, Alzheimer's, macular degeneration and epilepsy, Bazan earned the Alkmeon International Prize. He was also recently honored with the award for outstanding research on neuroprotection in age-related nacular degeneration by the University of Catania, Italy, and presented by Catania University President Magnifico Rettore.


Until the movie's release, readers can satisfy their curiosity about “Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind,” by purchasing a physical copy through,,,, or, or as an e-book at


For more about Bazan and his book, visit To learn more about “Una Vida,” the movie, visit


For more information on the book signing, call the LSU Bookstore at 225-578-5137.

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