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Dr. Caroline Tanner, Director of our Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC), has been selected as a White House Champion of Change for Parkinson’s disease. With the Champions of Change program, the White House recognizes Americans who are making positive changes in their communities. Dr. Tanner will be honored at the White House and will be featured in a blog post on the White House website.

Jeanne Paz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and an assistant investigator at the UC San Francisco-affiliated Gladstone Institutes, has been awarded the prestigious Michael Prize in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of epilepsy.

Louis Ptáček has received the prestigious Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation, in recognition of his research leading to the development of the field of ion channel defects, commonly known as channelopathies.

UC President Janet Napolitano has approved the appointment of Dan Lowenstein, MD, as the next Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost.at UCSF. Dr. Lowenstein will collaborate with Chancellor Hawgood and other leaders to develop and implement campus priorities across our mission areas of research, education, and patient care. He will remain an integral part of the Department of Neurology and the Epilepsy Division, and Dr. Paul Garcia has agreed to serve as Interim Division Chief of Epilepsy during the transition.

The new Pediatric Brain Center at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital integrates neurology, neurosurgery, physical and occupational therapy, speech, social work and neuropsychology to provide seamless holistic care for patients’ full range of brain-related needs. It’s one of just a few specialized pediatric brain centers in the U.S.

Dena Dubal, MD, PhD was given the 2014 Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging by the president of the Glenn Foundation. This award provides unsolicited funds to researchers investigating the biology of aging. Recipients are selected by an anonymous scientific advisory committee.

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