AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2011
Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala Dr. Jose Luchsinger
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES
Bernadette Boden-Albala, DrPH, Department of Neurology, and Jose Luchsinger, MD, Taub Institute, have received $3.9 million over five years from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities for "Northern Manhattan Initiative for Minority Involvement in Clinical Trials (NIMICT)."
Dr. Salvatore DiMauro
MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION
Dr. DiMauro, MD, Lucy G. Moses Professor of Neurology and Director Emeritus of the H. Houston Merritt Neuromuscular Research Center recently received an award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for his project, "Therapeutic Strategies in Neural Lipid Storage with Myopathy."
Dr. Eric A. Schon
ALZHEIMER'S DRUG DISCOVERY FOUNDATION
Eric A. Schon, PhD, Lewis P. Rowland Professor of Neurology in Genetics and Development has received an award from the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation for his project, "Mitochondria-Associated Membranes in the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease: A New Target for Drug Discovery."
Yaakov Stern, PhD, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Psychology has been awarded a new RO1 and two 5-year renewals from the NIH for his projects: "Exploring Cognitive Aging Using Reference Ability Neural Networks"; "Predictors of Severity in Alzheimer's Disease"; and "Imaging of Cognition, Learning, and Memory in Aging."
Dr. Yaakov Stern
Dr. Roy Alcalay
MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION
Roy Alcalay, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Neurology and co-PI Dr. Connie Marras of Toronto Western Hospital have received an award from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for their project, "Neuropathological Tissue Collection in LRRK2 Mutation Carriers With and Without Parkinson's Disease."
Dr. Alison M. Pack
PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY BOARD OF THE EPILEPSY FOUNDATION
Alison M. Pack, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology has been elected to the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation, a council of the nation's leading epilepsy physicians and professionals that advises the Foundation on medical issues affecting people with epilepsy, and oversees research, advocacy, and education programs.
Dr. Lewis P. Rowland
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE ANNUAL NEW YORK STATE NEUROLOGICAL SOCIETY
Lewis P. Rowland, MD, Professor Emeritus of Neurology received a lifetime achievement award at the Annual New York State Neurological Society meeting on October 15. Other NI participants include Drs. John Brust, Scott Small, and a team of our residents in "Neurostakes" competition.
Dr. Ruth Ottman
Ruth Ottman, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Neurology has received NINDS Award for a Center without Walls for Collaborative Research in the Epilepsies project entitled, "Epi4K: Gene Discovery in 4,000 Epilepsy Genomes." Designed to identify genetic variations that contribute to risk for specific forms of epilepsy, the project includes six linked R01 grants, each with multiple principal investigators from an international team. Dr. Ottman is principal investigator on two of these grants.
Eugene Mosharov, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in the Center for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders has received an RO1 entitled, "Interaction between DA, alpha-Synuclein and Chaperone-Mediated Autophagy."
Dr. Michio Hirano
NORTH AMERICAN MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE CONSORTIUM
Michio Hirano, MD, Professor of Neurology and Director of the H. Houston Merritt Clinical Research Center received funding from NINDS to create the North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium, which will support a patient registry, a biorepository, clinical trials, natural history studies, a pilot study, and research training. This program will provide a great boost for mitochondrial disease research at Columbia and throughout North America.
Dr. Claudia Chiriboga Dr. Karen Marder
NINDS NeuroNEXT PROJECT
Dr. Karen Marder, Sally Kerlin Professor of Neurology and Dr. Claudia Chiriboga, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Pediatrics, in partnership with Dr. Claire Henchcliffe at Weill Cornell, have received NINDS funding to develop one of 25 sites as part of a national NeuroNEXT network, which will provide a standardized, accessible infrastructure to facilitate rapid development and implementation of protocols in adult and pediatric neurological disorders.
Dr. Claudia Chiriboga, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Pediatrics, has received a three year award entitled, "4-AP as a Potential SMA Therapeutic Agent and Biological Mechanisms of Action."
Dr. Claudia Chiriboga
Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala
Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences in Neurology, has received funding for "DESERVE," a project in the SPOTRIAS program project in our Division of Stroke.
Dr. Blair Ford
COLUMBIA'S FIRST GENE THERAPY FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Monday, August 8th, 2011, Columbia's first gene therapy for Parkinson's disease was performed, as part of Dr. Ford's CERE-120 study. Neurturin, a nerve growth factor coupled to a viral vector, was directly injected into the substantia nigra and putamen by neurosurgeon Dr. Guy McKhann. In laboratory animals, neurturin has been shown to repair damaged dopamine cells and restore their function. The aim of the double-blind sham surgery study, supported by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, is to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.
2011 MARGARET M. CAHN RESEARCH AWARD
Dr. Adam Brickman, has been selected to receive the 2011 Margaret M. Cahn Research Award, for his research on white matter hyperintensities in aging and Alzheimer's disease, from the Alzheimer's Association Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter.
Dr. Neil Shneider, has received an RO1 award for his project, "FUS/TLS Gain and Loss of Function in ALS: Animal and Cellular Models of Disease," for a period of five years.
Dr. Blair Ford
AAN PROGRAM DIRECTOR RECOGNITION AWARD
Dr. Blair Ford, Director of the Neurology Residency Program, received the 2011 AAN Program Director Recognition Award from the Consortium of Neurology Program Directors.
Dr. Robert E. Burke Dr. David Sulzer
MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION AWARDS
In other research news, both Dr. Burke and Dr. Sulzer recently received Michael J. Fox Foundation awards for their projects entitled, "Assessment of AAV Transduction with Wildtype and Constitutively Active P70S6K to Induce Axon Regrowth in Dopamine Neurons" and "GLYT1 Inhibitors Promote Dopaminergic Striatal Sprouting," respectively.
Dr. Sheng-Han Kuo
Under the mentorship of Dr. Sulzer, postdoctoral fellow Sheng-Han Kuo was awarded an AAN Fellowship for his project entitled, "Glucocerebrosidase and Mitochondrial Autophagy in Dopaminerg IC Neurons."
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NEW YORK MAGAZINE BEST DOCTORS LIST
Three of our doctors, Dr. Carolyn Britton, Dr. Stanley Fahn, and Dr. Timothy A. Pedley, make New York Magazine's 2011 Best Doctors List.
Dr. Elan D. Louis
TREMOR AND OTHER HYPERKINETIC MOVEMENTS (TOHM)
The inaugural issue of the new, open-access journal entitled, Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements (TOHM) will soon be published. This rigorously peer-reviewed academic publication has recently been launched by Dr. Elan D. Louis, who serves as the founding editor-in-chief. TOHM will provide a much-needed scholarly home for research findings and innovations about tremor, as well as other forms of hyperkinesias. The journal, and its submission process, can be found at www.tremorjournal.org.
Dr. W. Ian Lipkin
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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, Professor of Neurology and Pathology, has been named co-chair of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee
for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Kimberly Noble
ASSOCIATION FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Dr. Kimberly Noble, Department of Pediatrics/General Pediatrics, has received the Rising Star award from the Association
for Psychological Science.
Dr. Stanley Fahn Dr. Serge Przedborski
JOURNAL OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
An article in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Parkinson's Disease ranks Dr. Stan Fahn and Dr. Serge Przedborski among the top 20 most cited Parkinson's investigators in the world since 1985. Dr. Richard Mayeux, Dr. Lucien J. Côté and Dr. Karen Marder also make the list.
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Dr. J.P. Mohr
AMERICAN NEUROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
Dr. J.P. Mohr has been selected as the recipient of the ANA's 2011 Raymond D. Adams Lectureship Award.
Dr. Michael E. Goldberg
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Michael E. Goldberg, MD has been inducted as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Timothy A. Pedley
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NEUROLOGY (AAN)
Timothy A. Pedley, MD has been named president-elect of the American Academy of Neurology.