AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2012
Arlene Lawton, RN
2012 P&S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH
Arlene Lawton, RN has been selected to receive the 2012 P&S Award for Excellence in Research. Arlene has been an example of excellence in research for over 20 years. As a research nurse at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), coordinator for our Brain Donation program, and senior staff associate in the Taub Institute, Arlene has made a lasting impression on countless individuals, broaching difficult topics with extraordinary grace, and treating patients and colleagues alike with genuine warmth and kindness in a poised and professional manner.
Dr. Andrew B. Lassman
2012 GARY LICHTENSTEIN HUMANITARIAN AWARD RECIPIENT
Dr. Lassman was recognized as the 2012 Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award Recipient by Voices Against Brain Cancer at their 2nd Annual Run/Walk in Central Park on Sunday, December 2.
Dr. Neil Shneider has been selected to attend the first Training in Neurotherapeutics Discovery and Development for Academic Scientists program, supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research. This course introduces academic researchers to the principles of neurotherapeutic drug discovery and development, and provides them with ongoing access to senior faculty who will assist them with achieving success in their individual drug development projects.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
Dr. Jose Gutierrez Contreras, a postdoctoral clinical fellow in our Division of Stroke, has received funding from the American Heart Association's Summer 2012 – National Clinical Research Program for his project, "Contribution of HIV Infection to Intracranial Vascular Remodeling: A Case Control Study."
Dr. Sachin Agarwal
2013 AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NEUROLOGY (AAN) EDUCATION RESEARCH GRANT
Sachin Agarwal, Assistant Professor of Neurology in Division of Neurocritical Care, has been selected as a recipient of a 2013 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Education Research Grant for his project, "High-Fidelity Simulation Versus Traditional Didactic Techniques for Teaching Neurological Emergencies to Neurology Residents: A Randomized Controlled Study," co-investigated by fellow Neha Dangayach.
Dr. Lewis P. Rowland
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NEUROMUSCULAR & ELECTRODIAGNOSTIC MEDICINE
Dr. Lewis Rowland was granted Honorary Membership in the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine last week, at the AANEM's 59th Annual Meeting, in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the field of neuromuscular diseases.
Dr. Jan Claassen
2012 PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR ATTENDING AWARD
We are very pleased to congratulate Dr. Jan Claassen, assistant professor of neurology in our Division of Neurocritical Care, as the recipient of the 2012 Physician of the Year Attending Award from the Department of Nursing at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center! Dr. Claassen was selected by his nursing colleagues for showing "competence and caring in the clinical setting and working together with the nurses to attain the highest standards of quality patient care."
Dr. Edward Huey Dr. Stephanie Cosentino
NIH RO1 AWARD
Dr. Ted Huey and Dr. Stephanie Cosentino received an NIH RO1 award for their project, "Examination of the earliest symptoms and biomarkers of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) tau mutation carriers." They will be studying a large extended family with this mutation to determine the earliest clinical, behavioral, imaging, cognitive, and cerebrospinal fluid changes that occur in FTLD. Their hope is to identify targets for early intervention.
Dr. Joshua Z. Willey Dr. Ronald M. Lazar
AMERICAN NEUROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
Congratulations to Dr. Lazar and Dr. Willey, both of whom have been elected to the American Neurological Association and will be inducted at the annual meeting next week in Boston.
Dr. Olajide Williams
NINDS STROKE PREVENTION/INTERVENTION RESEARCH PROGRAM
Dr. Olajide Williams (co-PI and co-Director) and Olugbenga Ogedegbe of NYU (PI and Director) have been awarded one of only three NINDS Stroke Prevention/Intervention Research Program (SPIRP) U54 grants. They will establish a Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions as a consortium between three academic medical centers (Columbia University Medical Center; New York University School of Medicine; and SUNY Downstate Medical School); five certified stroke centers and numerous primary care practices within New York City's Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC); the Visiting Nurse Services of New York (VNSNY); and Hebrew Home for the Aged. The proposed Center will address mechanisms of stroke disparities across the continuum of stroke care.
Dr. Douglas Sproule
Dr. Sproule has received an NIH K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award for his project, "Body Composition and Energy Utilization in Spinal Muscular Atrophy."
Dr. Timothy A. Pedley
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) President-Elect and Chairman Emeritus of Neurology Dr. Tim Pedley was duly honored at the Epilepsy Foundation's 2012 World Changers Awards Gala.
Dr. James M. Noble
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NEUROLOGY (AAN)
Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Noble, who has been selected to participate in the AAN's inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum, a new, competitive program designed specifically to identify and cultivate talented, highly motivated individuals as future Academy leaders.
Dr. Roy Alcalay
K02 INDEPENDENT SCIENTIST AWARD
Dr. Roy Alcalay received a K02 Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for his research on "The role of glucocerebrosidase in Parkinson's disease."
Dr. Adam Brickman
MARY ELIZABETH GROFF SURGICAL MEDICAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CHARITABLE TRUST AWARD
Dr. Adam Brickman, has received an award from the Mary Elizabeth Groff Surgical Medical Research and Education Charitable Trust for his project, "Neuroimaging-Guided Histopathological Examination of White Matter Abnormalities in Aging and Dementia."
Dr. Sandra Barral
COLUMBIA PSYCHIATRIC-NEUROLOGICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY EARLY INVESTIGATOR AWARD
Sandra Barral, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, recently received the 2012 Columbia Psychiatric-Neurological Epidemiology Early Investigator Award. Dr. Barral is being recognized for the excellence of her work on the genetics of Alzheimer's disease and for being "an outstanding researcher with unique skills and extraordinary ability in the fields of molecular biology and statistical genetics."
Dr. Alison M. Pack
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NEUROLOGY
Dr. Alison M. Pack will receive the AAN's 2012 Neuroendocrine Research Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in neuroendocrine research.
Dr. Ai Yamamoto
NINDS R01 AWARD
Dr. Ai Yamamoto has received an NINDS R01 award for her project, "Modulating Aggrephagy to Modify Huntington's Disease." Ai examined the molecular mechanism of aggrephagy, and its role in neurodegeneration, in a Neurobiology of Disease review from July 2011.
Dr. Robert E. Burke
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Dr. Robert Burke has received an award from the Department of Defense for his project, "Activation of mTor Signaling by Gene Transduction to Induce Axon Regeneration in the Central Nervous System Following Neural Injury."
Dr. Eric A. Schon
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Dr. Eric Schon has received an award from the Department of Defense for his project, "Increased ER-Mitochondrial Communication in the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer Disease."
Dr. Randolph S. Marshall Dr. Ronald M. Lazar
Drs. Randy Marshall and Ronald Lazar have received an NINDS award for their project, "Blood Flow and Cognition in Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Disease."
Dr. Sulzer has been selected by the Department of Defense to receive a Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program Idea Development Award for his project titled, "Altered Astrocyte-Neuron Interactions and Epileptogenesis in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Disorder."
Dr. David Sulzer
Postdoctoral fellow Ciara Torres received an NIDA diversity supplement to Dr. Sulzer's "Presynaptic Mechanisms in Dopamine Neurotransmission" project.
Dr. Olajide Williams
PROCLAMATIONS FROM THE CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK
Dr. Olajide Williams was honored with proclamations from the City and State of New York for his outstanding leadership and innovation in healthcare, and his Hip Hop Health program. A representative for State Assemblyman Herman Denny Farrell and NYC Councilwoman Inez Dickens presented Dr. Williams with these awards at a private ceremony in Harlem on January 17th.
Dr. Scott A. Small
CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARDS
The work of Dr. Scott Small and colleagues from Neurology and the Taub Institute, that implicated the polyamine pathway in Parkinson's disease pathogenesis, was highlighted in Chapter 1 of the NIH's Clinical and Translational Science Awards Progress Report 2009–2011.
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Dr. Adam Brickman
INTERNATIONAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Dr. Adam Brickman, was selected to receive the Early Career Award from the International Neuropsychological Society. He will be delivering an award address titled "Reconsidering the Role of White Matter Disease in Cognitive Aging and Dementia" at the 40th annual meeting of the Society next month in Montreal.