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Dr. Richard Mayeux
Dr. Richard Mayeux

RICHARD MAYEUX NAMED RECIPIENT OF 2007 POTAMKIN AWARD FOR ALZHEIMER DISEASE RESEARCH



I am pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Mayeux, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Director of the Sergievsky Center, and Co-Director of the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer Disease and the Aging Brain, has been named the recipient of the 2007 Potamkin Award for Alzheimer Disease Research by the American Academy of Neurology. The Award will be presented at the Academy's 59th annual meeting which will be held in April in Boston. The Potamkin Award is sponsored by the AAN and The AAN Foundation and funded through a generous grant from the Potamkin Foundation. This is one of the most prestigious awards for research in Alzheimer Disease and related disorders, and recipients receive a medallion and a $100,000 prize. This is wonderful recognition of Dr. Mayeux's pioneering work in the epidemiology of Alzheimer's Disease, and the importance that our field attaches to his contributions. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Mayeux.

Timothy A. Pedley, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Neurology
Columbia University

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Dr. Laura Lennihan
Dr. Laura Lennihan

DR. LAURA LENNIHAN HONORED AS 2007 PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR



I am pleased to announce that the New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center has selected Dr. Laura Lennihan, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Chief of Neurology Inpatient Services, for the 2007 Physician of the Year Award.

Dr. Lennihan is a graduate of Harvard University and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and trained in neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York. Following her residency she trained in stroke with Dr. J.P. Mohr. She served as Chief of Neurology and Director of Stroke Rehabilitation at Helen Hayes Hospital from 1994-2006, when she returned full-time to CUMC.

An outstanding clinician and teacher, with broad expertise in stroke and critical care management, medical complications of neurological disease, and neurologic rehabilitation. Dr. Lennihan's leadership on Milstein 8 has produced substantial improvements in interdisciplinary communication, standardization and quality of care, and resident supervision.

The nursing service has commended Dr. Lennihan for her "empathy, understanding and effectiveness in advocating for patient rights when ...issues...arise that might interfere with the proper course of treatment..." All of her colleagues recognize her "dynamic, engaging and enthusiastic" style.

Dr. Lennihan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and an active member of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association, the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, and the National Stroke Association.

The Physician of the Year Award is a singular honor, and we congratulate Dr. Lennihan on this outstanding achievement.

Timothy A. Pedley, MD
Chairman, Department of Neurology
Neurologist-in-Chief

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Dr. Timothy A. Pedley
Dr. Timothy A. Pedley

Dr. Timothy A. Pedley has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.



Election to the Institute of Medicine is one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. Dr. Pedley was chosen through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing the medical science, health care, and public health fields.

Dr. Pedley, is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Neurology, chairman of the Department of Neurology at P&S, and neurologist-in-chief at the Neurological Institute at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Throughout his career, Dr. Pedley's clinical and research activities have focused on epilepsy. In the past, he has had laboratory interests in the role played by the ionic microenvironment in abnormal hippocampal and cortical excitability and in long-lasting changes in the hippocampus induced by repeated seizures. More recently, Dr. Pedley has collaborated with Dr. Ruth Ottman and her colleagues in the Sergievsky Center on family studies of epilepsy. He has just begun a two-year term as president of the American Neurological Association and was recently appointed to the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council of the NINDS/NIH.

Congratulations to Dr. Pedley on this well deserved honor!

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Dr. Stephan A. Mayer
Dr. Stephan A. Mayer

DR. STEPHAN MAYER RECEIVES MAJOR NIH GRANT TO ESTABLISH RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT CLINICAL TRIALS AT NYPH



The NIH has established a Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network to conduct large, basic treatment trials that offer hope of reducing the burden of very acute injuries and illnesses that affect the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. The network specially recognizes and seeks to explore the special narrow window of opportunity that seems to exist for treating neurological injury caused by a variety of conditions ranging from stroke to traumatic brain injury, to seizures and meningitis. Very rapid interventions will have to be implemented by paramedics in the field, or by physicians in Emergency Departments. This network created by the NIH will provide the basis for conducting efficient and effective studies in these environments.

Under the leadership of Dr. Stephan Mayer and his co-investigators Drs. Matthew E. Fink, Joshua Stillman and Neal Flomenbaum, the NYPH has been awarded a NETT Clinical Site Hub Award. The leaders of the NYPH treatment network represent the neurology and emergency services at both the Columbia and Cornell campuses. The network also includes 8 "spoke" hospitals throughout the NYPH network. The award provides $1,000,000 over 5 years to create an emergency trials research infrastructure at the participating NYPH institutions.

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Dr. Carolyn Barley Britton
Dr. Carolyn Barley Britton

CAROLYN BRITTON, MD TO LEAD NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION



Dr. Carolyn Britton, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, has been named President-Elect of the National Medical Association. She will become President in August 2008. The National Medical Association, which was founded in 1895, represents more than 30,000 African-American physicians. It plays a significant leadership role in American medicine, particularly in working to eliminate disparities in health and health care through public education and by helping create the legislation, programs and societal environment necessary for all Americans to lead healthy lives and have affordable access to high-quality health care. Dr. Britton has been active in the NMA for many years, and her election to the organization's highest office appropriately recognizes her many outstanding contributions. The Department of Neurology and the Neurological Institute of New York take great pride in Dr. Britton's leadership roles in the NMA and congratulate her on this latest achievement.

Timothy A. Pedley, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Neurology
Columbia University

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Dr. Christopher Henderson  Dr. Jan Claassen
Dr. Christopher Henderson      Dr. Jan Claassen

DRS. HENDERSON AND CLAASSEN TO RECEIVE AAN AWARDS



Dr. Christopher Henderson, Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology and Neurology (in the Center for Neurobiology & Behavior), and Co-Director of the Columbia Motor Neuron Center, has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Sheila Essey Award. The Essey Award is presented by the American Academy of Neurology and the ALS Association through the generosity of the Essey family and the ALS association. The Award recognizes an individual who has made significant research contributions in the search for the cause, prevention of, and cure for ALS. The Award will be presented during the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, which will be held in April in Boston.

Dr. Jan Claassen, Chief Resident in Neurology, will receive the 2007 Founders Award of the American Academy of Neurology. The Founders Award recognizes clinical or translational research in neuroscience by physicians in clinical neurology training programs. Dr. Claassen will be recognized and receive both a certificate and monetary prize during the Academy's annual meeting, which will be held in April in Boston.

Please join in congratulating both Dr. Henderson and Dr. Claassen.

Timothy A. Pedley, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Neurology

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Olajide Williams  Dr. Joshua Z. Willey
Dr. Olajide Williams                Dr. Joshua Z. Willey

CBS


Timing Is Key In Stroke Treatment
November 21, 2006
Featuring Dr. WIlliams and Dr. Willey.
[view the video / read the article,]





 

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