Neurology News

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has announced that Dr. Katerina Akassoglou and Dr. Arnold Kriegstein are among the recipients of the new R35 Research Program Award (RPA), a pilot program designed to encourage creative research by enhancing funding stability. Read the announcement.

Dr. Karunesh Ganguly leads one of 14 research teams that will share $9.5 million from the federal government’s BRAIN Initiative, part of $70 million in new grants announced by the National Institutes of Health. The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative was announced three years ago by President Barack Obama to help scientists accelerate the creation of new treatments for neurological disorders.

Dr. Bruce Miller, Professor of Neurology and Director of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). Read more about it here.

The largest single gift ever to UCSF, a $185 million donation from Sanford I. “Sandy” Weill and Joan Weill, has launched the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. This new institute will provide resources to our neuroscience researchers and physicians to advance our knowledge and treatment options for diseases affecting the brain and nervous system, including psychiatric disorders.

S. Andrew Josephson, M.D., professor and senior executive vice chair of the UCSF Department of Neurology, has been named the next editor-in-chief of JAMA Neurology, one of 12 journals in the JAMA Network. “I am tremendously excited about this opportunity and welcome the chance to join the JAMA family and continue the incredible record of excellence that Roger Rosenberg set during his 20 years as editor,” said Dr. Josephson. Read more here.

Dr. Ann Poncelet was named Director of the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, which is recognized as one of the nation’s premier academies in medical education. The Academy has just announced its new members for 2016, and two members of our faculty in Neurology have been honored: Susannah Cornes, MD and Cathy Lomen-Hoerth, MD, PhD. Congratulations to all for these important new roles.

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