New members appointed to National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council

New members appointed to National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Three distinguished individuals from the neuroscience community have been selected to serve on the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Council is comprised of scientists, physicians, and public representatives who meet three times a year to review research grant applications and to advise NINDS leadership on activities and policies affecting scientific programs.

“I am pleased to welcome these new members to the Council, and I look forward to working with them as they bring their diverse backgrounds to help guide the institute’s mission to serve the public,” said Walter Koroshetz, M.D., director of NINDS.

Brief biographies of the new Council members are below.

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.

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. 

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