NANDSC Membership Roster

NANDSC Membership Roster

Laurence F. Abbott, Ph.D., is the William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience in the Department of Neuroscience and Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Dr. Abbott uses computer simulation and mathematics to model individual neurons, their interactions within neural circuits, and to learn how those circuits combine to process and store information. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and he has received several awards, including the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience in 2010, and the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize in 2013; and he has served on several editorial boards including Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, and Current Opinion in Neurobiology. Dr. Abbott received his Ph.D. in physics from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Issam A. Awad, M.D., is the John Harper Seeley Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and is the director of neurovascular surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Awad is an internationally recognized leader in neurosurgery, with an interest in the surgical management of neurovascular conditions that affect the brain and spinal cord. His research focuses on identifying molecular mechanisms that predispose patients to developing strokes or epilepsy and on ways to study the evolution of lesions in cerebral blood vessels. Dr. Awad earned his M.D. from Loma Linda University in California, and he completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio.

Allan I. Basbaum, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in the Department of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Basbaum's research examines the mechanisms through which tissue and nerve injury produce changes in the peripheral and central nervous system, resulting in persistent pain. Dr. Basbaum has been a board member and program chair of the American Pain Society. He is a recipient of the F. W. L. Kerr Memorial Award from the American Pain Society and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Prize for Distinguished Pain Research. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of Pain. Dr. Basbaum is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Academy of Medical Sciences (United Kingdom). In addition, he is a fellow of the Royal Society in the United Kingdom. He has received three Jacob Javits Investigator Awards from NINDS.

Christopher Bever, Jr., M.D., is a professor in the departments of Neurology and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He is also the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, East, and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the Baltimore VA Maryland Health Care System. Dr. Bever earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester in New York. He is a member of the American Neurological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Neurology. His research focuses on developing therapies to treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. In addition, he is working with colleagues to develop robots to help with rehabilitation for neurological conditions.

David L. Brody, M.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine and a professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Brody is a board-certified neurologist with both a research and a clinical specialization in traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases. He earned his medical degree and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Brody is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurotrauma and Acta Neuropathologica and a permanent member of the NIH Acute Neural Injury and Epilepsy study section. His research focuses on accelerating implications for better diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of traumatic brain injury in civilian and military populations.  

Dr. Carmichael is Chair and Professor, Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Carmichael has clinical interests in stroke and neurorehabilitation, and how the brain repairs from injury. Dr. Carmichael was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral fellow at UCLA from 1998-2001, studying mechanisms of axonal sprouting, with a clinical emphasis on neurorehabilitation and stroke. He has been on the UCLA faculty since 2001. Dr. Carmichael' s laboratory studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural repair after stroke and other forms of brain injury. This research focuses on the processes of axonal sprouting and neural stem cell responses after stroke, and on neural stem cell transplantation. Dr. Carmichael is an attending physician on the Neurorehabilitation and Stroke clinical services at UCLA. He is also the recipient of the NINDS Javits award.

Hollis T. Cline, Ph.D., is the chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and the Hahn Professor of Neuroscience, Departments of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California. Dr. Cline’s lab uses a wide range of advanced research techniques to study how sensory experience controls the wiring of the circuitry behind vision in the healthy and diseased brain. These techniques include genetically modifying individual brain cells, analyzing atomic level pictures of circuits, and monitoring neuronal activity with electrical recordings and real-time imaging. Dr. Cline is on the editorial boards for multiple journals and served as the president of the Society for Neuroscience in 2015-2016.

Susan Lloyd-Jones Dickinson, is the Executive Director of The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration Radnor in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Farahany is the Director of the Duke Initiative for Science and Society, Faculty Chair of the MA in Bioethics and Science Policy, Professor of Law, and Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. Dr. Farahany is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics. Her teaching and research areas of expertise are law and biology (behavioral genetics, genetics, neuroscience, psychiatry), and law and philosophy (wrongfulness, responsibility and punishment theory). She is a former member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences and an Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroethics.

Dr. Gitler is Professor, Department of Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease, using yeast as a model system in combination with mouse models, human genetics and most recently, genome-wide CRISPR screens in human cells. He has received several honors and awards including an NINDS R35 research program award and an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.

David B. Hackney, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston. He also serves as the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hackney’s research interests include magnetic resonance imaging of spinal cord injury and image processing approaches to brain tumor volume measurement and characterization. He has served on numerous NIH federal advisory boards and is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

Karen C. Johnston, M.D., is a professor of neurology and public health sciences and chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Johnston’s research interests involve acute stroke care, clinical trials, and assessing clinical outcomes, and her research has focused on treatment and outcomes in acute ischemic stroke. She has participated in many NIH-NINDS study sections and data safety monitoring committees and is chair of the NIH-NINDS clinical research collaboration advisory team. She served as an associate editor of the journal Neurology and is founding editor of the neurology resident and fellow section.

Dr. Kriegstein is currently the John Bowes Distinguished Professor in Stem Cell and Tissue Biology and Founding Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Kriegstein’s own research focuses on the way in which neural stem and progenitor cells in the embryonic brain produce neurons, and ways in which this information can be used for cell-based therapies to treat diseases of the nervous system. His lab found that radial glial cells are neuronal stem cells in the developing brain, and also identified a second type of precursor cell produced by radial glial cells that is responsible for generating specific neuronal subtypes. He has recently begun to characterize the progenitor cells within the developing human brain, to determine the genetic profiles of specific progenitor populations, and to explore how these cells contribute to the huge expansion of neuron number that characterizes human cerebral cortex.

Claudia F. Lucchinetti, M.D., is Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her clinical focus includes inflammatory demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, transverse myelitis, neuromyelitis optica and Balo's concentric sclerosis. In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Lucchinetti is active in research and education, providing mentorship to residents and fellows. She authors expert content and publishes in high-impact scientific journals. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that drive tissue injury in multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica and other related disorders, with a focus on identifying new therapies. Dr. Lucchinetti is the recipient of the 2016 John Dystel Award from the National MS Society. She is also recognized with the distinction of a named professorship, the Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Professor of Neurosciences.

Kenneth I. Maynard, Ph.D., is Senior Director and Head of the Global Pharmacovigilance (PV) Compliance, Standards and Training and PV Business Partners Relations, Global Patient Safety Evaluation, with Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Maynard is a consummate professional whose leadership combines academic and pharmaceutical business, research and development experience. He is an elected fellow of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association. He is also a member of the Engineering and Medicine Next Generation Researchers Initiative Committee of the National Academy of Sciences.

Eileen M. Murray has been Executive Director at the American Epilepsy Society (AES) since December 2013. Prior to joining the AES, she was Deputy Executive Director of the American Academy of Dermatology for six years, as well as a member of the executive management team. Ms. Murray spent nine years with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as Vice President and Executive Director of the AHIMA Foundation and was responsible for development, research, and government contracts. She has more than 30 years’ experience in association and non-profit management and leadership and holds a Master’s in Marketing and Public and Non-Profit Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University.

Indira M. Raman, Ph.D., is the Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of Neurobiology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Currently, Dr. Raman studies the electrical properties of neurons in the cerebellum, a brain region important for the control of movements. Specifically, her lab is studying ways in which different neurons signal to each other as well as how their signaling changes during movement and while learning motor skills. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the NINDS Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, and she has served on several editorial boards including the Journal of Neuroscience, the Biophysical Journal, and eLife. Dr. Raman received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did her postdoctoral training at the Vollum Institute in Portland, Oregon, and at Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Steven L. Roberds, Ph.D., is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance in Silver Spring, Maryland, a national voluntary health organization dedicated to finding a cure for and improving the lives of those affected by tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a genetic disorder that causes non-malignant tumors in the brain, eyes, heart, kidney, skin, and other organs. Since joining the TS Alliance in 2011, he has worked with scientists, clinicians, and members of industry, academia, and government agencies to advance research and treatments for TSC. Previously, Dr. Roberds served as an associate research fellow at Pfizer Global Research & Development and as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

N. Edwin Trevathan, M.D., M.P.H., holds the Amos Christie Chair in Global Health and is the Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. He is also a Professor of Pediatrics in Neurology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Prior to assuming this appointment, Dr. Trevathan served in several leadership positions, including Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Professor and Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. As a pediatric neurologist and epidemiologist, Dr. Trevathan's research interests include maternal-child epidemiology, epidemiology of childhood neurological disorders, and clinical trials of treatments of neurological disorders. Dr. Trevathan has authored or co-authored over 100 clinical and scientific publications.

Christin L. Veasley is Co-founder and Director of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance (CPRA) which is the country’s first and only research-led collaborative advocacy effort dedicated to changing the lives of those with chronic overlapping pain conditions (COPCs). The mission is to promote high quality research on COPCs, translate research findings into information for patients and educational training programs for clinicians, and drive the development of safe and effective treatments for these conditions. Ms. Veasley has lived with life-altering chronic pain since surviving a near-fatal accident in her teens. Her childhood health experiences led her to pursue a science degree, time conducting neuroscience research at Johns Hopkins Medical School and to the research advocacy community. Ms. Veasley has spent her life advocating for the improvement and acceleration of rigorous multidisciplinary pain research.