Recent Honors & Awards


Jeanne Paz, PhD has won the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for uncovering the neural basis of epileptic seizures, and for demonstrating possible methods of predicting and arresting seizures. The Vilcek Prize is awarded to immigrants whose work is of significant consequence to both their individual fields and to American society. The prize spotlights the critical importance of foreign-born innovation to national advancement.

Dena Dubal, MD, PhD has been selected by the American Academy of Neurology as the recipient of the 2019 Neuroendocrine Research Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in neuroendocrine research. She will receive the award at the AAN.s 71st Annual Meeting this April.

Michael Aminoff, MD, DSc, is the recipient of the 2019 Robert S. Schwab Award given by the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) in recognition of his significant contributions to research in peripheral clinical neurophysiology. Dr. Aminoff will give the Schwab Lecture at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the ACNS in February. 

Katerina Akassoglou, PhD is the winner of the 2018 Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research. The award is given by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in recognition of exceptional innovation and originality in MS research. Dr. Akassoglou will receive the award and deliver the Prize lecture at the ACTRIMS Forum in Dallas this February.

Vanja Douglas, MD has won the A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award from the American Academy of Neurology for his outstanding contributions as a teacher.

Louis Ptáček, MD has received the 2019 Distinguished Scientist Award given by the Sleep Research Society for his work in genetic studies of human sleep behavior, published in a series of papers over the past ~15 years. 

Ying-Hui Fu, PhD has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Earlier this year, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that work outside of government to provide objective advice on matters of science, technology, and health.

Audrey Foster-Barber, MD received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award given by the Child Neurology Society. The award was given in recognition of extraordinary and ongoing humanism in her medical career. The award was presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Child Neurology Society.

Megan Richie, MD has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academy of Medical Educators. 

Nerissa Ko, MD, MAS has been honored with the Chancellor Award for Diversity in recognition of her outstanding efforts for the advancement of women at UCSF.


Frances Cho, a neuroscience graduate student in the laboratory of Jeanne Paz, PhD, has been recognized by the American Epilepsy Society as a winner of their 2018 Young Investigator Award. She gave a presentation at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. 

Cathra Halabi, MD, Vascular Neurology Fellow, has received the Teaching Excellence Award for Cherished Housestaff (TEACH). Every year, the graduating medical school class presents the TEACH award to five residents or fellows who have been outstanding teachers, mentors, and role models to medical students during their clinical years at UCSF.

Sara LaHue, MD, Resident in Neurology, has received the Newman Award from the San Francisco Neurological Society. She presented her winning paper, "Association Between Inpatient Delirium and Hospital Readmission," at the 70th Annual Meeting of the San Francisco Neurological Society.