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Honors and Awards

Amy Gelfand has been selected to receive the 2013 Irene Perstein Award to support her investigation of melatonin for migraine prevention in children and adolescents.

Lennart Mucke has received the ARCS Foundation’s 2013 Pacesetter Award for his lifelong dedication to overcoming Alzheimer’s disease.

Deborah Cahn-Weiner, a neuropsychologist at the UCSF Epilepsy Center, has been elected a Fellow in the American Psychological Association. This is a significant honor in recognition of her important contributions to the field.

Dan Lowenstein has been selected as this year's recipient of the Raymond D. Adams Lectureship Award. He will present this lecture, "Large-scale Team Science: The EPGP and Epi4K Experience," at the American Neurological Association meeting next month. Earlier this year, he won The 2013 Ambassador for Epilepsy Award from the International League Against Epilepsy in recognition of his outstanding international contributions to activities advancing the cause of epilepsy.

Peter Goadsby and colleagues have won the 2013 Harold G. Wolff Award of the American Headache Society for their identification of areas of the brain active in the earliest stage of the migraine attack.

Stephen L. Hauserwon the 2013 Charcot Award in recognition of his pioneering studies in MS genetic susceptibility and his role in translating immunologic findings into clinical trials. The biennial Charcot Award is the top international award for MS research.

Donna Ferriero was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the highest honors that can be accorded an American scientist.

Lennart Mucke won the 2013 Dr. J. Elliott Royer Award in recognition of his trailblazing contributions to the field of human neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s disease research.

Dan Lowenstein was elected by students to deliver the Last Lecture, a venerable academic tradition designed to answer a single question: “If you had but one lecture to give, what would you say?”

The National Organization for Rare Disorders Research (NORD) has added Michael Geschwind to their Hall of Fame for his ongoing effort to solve Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

Dr. Robert Edwards, professor of neurology and physiology, is one of three UCSF faculty who were recently elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in recognition of their outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Read the whole story.

Our department chair, Dr. Stephen Hauser, recently appeared on episode 9 of Charle Rose: The Brain Series with several distinguished colleagues to talk about multiple sclerosis. Their discussion is available to view online (53 minutes).

In June, Pierre-Antoine Gourraud received the Julia Bodmer Award, given annually by the European Federation for Immunogenetics to a young scientist in recognition of outstanding work in the field.

The Academic Senate selected Bruce Miller to deliver the 2012-2013 Faculty Research Lecture - Clinical Science. As soon as the podcast is posted, we will link to it from our Videos and Podcasts page. Earlier this year, Dr. Miller received the Academic Senate's 2012 Distinction in Mentoring Award.

Louis Ptacek has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on scientists and engineers in the United States. Read the article at the UCSF News Center.

UCSF has received a challenge gift of $20 million from the Sandler Foundation that will provide major support for neurological disease research and patient care. In honor of the extraordinary commitment of Herbert and Marion Sandler and the Sandler Foundation, our new neurosciences building at Mission Bay has been named the Sandler Neurosciences Center. Read more about this.

Wade Smith has been elected as the next President-Elect of the UCSF Medical Staff. His tenure will last until June 30, 2014, when he will become President of the UCSF Medical Staff until June 30, 2016. As part of his responsibilities as President-Elect, he will serve as the Chair of the Medical Staff Credentials Committee.

William Seeley has won the MacArthur Foundation grant in recognition of his work on early-onset dementia. Read the article.

Ying-Hui Fu and Louis Ptáček were the joint recipients of the 55th Faculty Research Lecture (Basic Science). The Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture was held February 15, 2012.

Stephen Hauser was the senior author on a study published in The Lancet showing that the experimental drug Ocrelizumab led to an 89 percent reduction in the formation of brain lesions in multiple sclerosis and reduced the number of new MS attacks.

Karen Parko has received the Committment to Progress Award, an honor given by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California for outstanding accomplishments, services and contributions to epilepsy care and treatment.

Linda Wilbrecht shook hands with President Obama in October 2011 when she received the The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in Washington, DC.

Andy Josephson has published the first neurohospitalist textbook ever, Neurohospitalist Medicine (Cambridge University Press, October 2011).

Aimee Kao won the 2011 Irene Perstein Award, awarded each year by the School of Medicine to an outstanding junior woman clinicial scientist to develop a high caliber clinical or translational science program.

Jill Ostrem and Jonah Chan have been elected to the American Neurological Association. They were inducted at the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Audrey Foster-Barber won the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academy of Medical Educators.

With colleagues, Steve Hauser and Jorge Oksenberg published the results of a study that identifies 50 genetic "hot spots" that influence one's risk of developing multiple sclerosis.Read more at the UCSF News Center.

Sam Pleasure was awarded the 2011 EUREKA grant ("Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration") to exploit a connection between developing hair follicles and the developing brain. This hair-brain connection may lead to new avenues of treatment for perinatal brain disease.

The Office of Medical Education has again recognized Dr. Ann Poncelet for her unique leadership role in advancing structured and integrated clerkship programs at UCSF.

Ana-Claire Meyer has received a Hellman Family Early Career Faculty Award to investigate health outcomes for individuals with HIV-associated cognitive impairment in Uganda.

Karunesh Ganguly is one of ten scientists in the U.S. and Canada selected to receive the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists this year. He aims to develop methods that will allow disabled patients to exert control over complex neuroprosthetic devices.

James Maas is one of three inaugural recipients of a new Parkinson's Disease Fellowship from The William N. and Bernice E. Bumpus Foundation.Working in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Edwards, Dr. Maas will investigate the role of alpha-synuclein and LRRK2 in the regulation of neurotransmitter release from dopamine neurons.

Donna Ferriero became the chair of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, starting May 1, 2011.

Stanley B. Prusiner was awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for science and technology.

Stephen L. Hauser has been appointed to serve on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and received the Robert Wartenberg Lecture Award from the American Academy of Neurology in 2011 for excellence in clinically relevant research.

Emmanuelle Waubant has published the first book on pediatric multiple sclerosis and related disorders, Demyelinating Disorders of the CNS in Childhood, Dorothee Chabas and Emmanuelle Waubant (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2011. Contributing authors from the Department of Neurology include Ellen Mowry, Daniel Pelletier, Jonathan Strober and Laura Julian.

Bruce Miller and Lennart Mucke won the American Academy of Neurology's 2010 Potamkin Prize for dementia research.

Michael Aminoff has been named Chair of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. His new book, Brown-Seguard: An Improbable Genius Who Transformed Medicine, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

Donna Ferriero received the American Stroke Association's highest honor, the Thomas Willis Award.