Recent Honors & Awards


Stephen L. Hauser, MD has won the Scientific Breakthrough Award given by the American Brain Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Academy of Neurology. He will receive the award at this year’s “Commitment to Cures” event.

Julio Rojas-Martinez, MD, PhD has been awarded the 2022 Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology in recognition of his outstanding achievements in research in the field of behavioral neurology. He will receive the award at the AAN annual meeting

Katerina Akassoglou, PhD has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of her contributions to neuroscience. She was also recently elected as a Fellow to the National Academy of Inventors, which is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Dr. Akassoglou will be the third member of the UCSF faculty, and the second member of the Gladstone Institutes, to join their ranks. 

Michael Aminoff, MD, DSc, FRCP has been honored with a lectureship named for him within the Division of Neurology at Miami Neuroscience Institute, Baptist Health South Florida.

Daniele Canzio, PhD has been named as one of the new Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators. The CZ Biohub brings together researchers from UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University, to undertake innovative research. Read more about the new cohort here.

Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD is on Newsweek’s Inaugural list of America’s 50 Greatest Disruptors for co-founding Akili Interactive, the company that developed the first video game that can be prescribed as a medical treatment.

Louis Ptáček, MD has won the 2022 Sleep Science Award given by the American Academy of Neurology in recognition of his work on channelopathies and circadian genetics. He will give a presentation at the 74th Annual Meeting of the AAN in April 2022. 

Megan Richie, MD has been named as the winner of the 2022 Clerkship Director for Innovation Award given by the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Richie was selected for her dedication to education and her creativity in developing unique tools for teaching. 


Rachel Vassar, MD, child neurology resident, has won the 2022 Young Investigators Award from the San Francisco Neurological Society for her project, “Timing of Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapies in Children after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Retrospective, Observational Study.”

Britta Lindquist, MD, PhD, a neurology resident, received the 2021 Young Investigator Award from the American Epilepsy Society for her abstract, “Electrobehavioral phenotype and pharmacosensitivity of GAT-1 deficient mice.”


The Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan (the “STAR Program”) winners for FY21 include the Achievement Awards and the SPOT Awards.

Here are the winners of the Achievement Awards from the Department of Neurology:

Sarah Corr
Thai Hien Ho
Christina Liu
Dominica Randazzo
Ashley Robelo
Iris Solorzano 

Here are Neurology’s SPOT Award winners:

Rudy Asuncion
Andrew Barnecut
Jennifer Cantero
Sarah Corr
Ryan Fitch
Arturo Garcia
Carey Herman
Tim Huynh
Helena Khim
Jennifer Lau
Karen Louie
Collin Molberg
Stacey Morris
Caroline Prioleau
Dominica Randazzo
Leila Sharifi
Xiuying Tan
Jeanie Tran
Sonia Tsoi
Jon-Eric Vanleeuwen
Edward Wahyu
Shannon Warto
Jenna Weight
Antonella Zaratan