Journal of Neurophysiology and Neurological Disorders

Editorial Board (JNND)

Lucia M. Vaina
Lucia M. Vaina
Professor
Brain and Vision Research Laboratory
Boston University
United States
Biography
Lucia-Maria Vaina is professor of neurology, neuroscience and biomedical engineering at Boston University and Faculty at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She obtained her MS in Mathematics, and her MD and PhD in neurosciences and neurology, and a Doctor Honoris Causa in Neurology. She is the founder of the Brain and Vision Research Laboratory and NeuroVisual clinic at Boston University and the co-founder of the Neurology of Vision Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA. Both laboratories focus on studies of stroke recovery using behavioral tasks and modern functional neuroimaging methods, fMRI and magnetoencephalography (MEG).
Publications
Professor
Brain and Vision Research Laboratory
Boston University
United States
Research Interest
Behavioral, neuroimaging and computational-theoretical investigations of the functional architecture of the human visual system by studying normal subjects and stroke patients.
Suhail Rasool
Suhail Rasool
Associate Scientist
New York University School of Medicine
United States
Biography
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Publications
Associate Scientist
New York University School of Medicine
United States
Research Interest
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Philippe Ryvlin
Philippe Ryvlin
Professor
Lyon University
France
Biography
Philippe Ryvlin is professor of neurology at Lyon University, France, where he obtained his MD and PhD in neurosciences. He is co-founder of the Institute for Children and Adolescents with Epilepsy (IDEE) and director of the Translational and Integrative Group in Epilepsy Research, which focuses on the pathophysiology and prevention of sudden death in patients with epilepsy.
Publications
Professor
Lyon University
France
Research Interest
Epilepsy, SUDEP, Epilepsy surgery and intracranial EEG recordings
Carol A Kruse
Carol A Kruse
Professor
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
United States
Tel: (310) 553-5480
Biography
Dr. Kruse received her PhD at UCLA. She has held faculty appointments at Caltech, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and in San Diego, at the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and the Burnham Institute for Medical Research. She moved to the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011 where she is a Professor in Neurosurgery. The goals of her laboratory are directed toward clinical neuroimmunology and brain tumors. Preclinically, they study immunoresistance mechanisms in tumor cells and use glioma and brain metastatic cell culture as a model system, in addition to syngeneic mouse and rat or human xenograft brain tumor models. Basic research projects involve: 1) the development of algorithms that predictively-select allodonors to obtain robust alloreactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) based upon molecular HLA mismatch of responder:stimulator pairs, 2) enhancing generation of immunotherapeutic CTL using dendritic cells (DC) differentially activated using TLR agonists and nanoparticles, 3) study of the T cell and microglial infiltrates in lesioned brain tissues derived from patients with Rasmussen’s encephalitis or cortical dysplasia. Translational research studies are focused on combining innovative immune cellular and gene therapy approaches. A dose escalation Phase I clinical trial involving intratumoral adoptive transfer of alloreactive CTL is underway. As well, they are engineering alloreactive CTL as replication competent retroviral vector producing cells. The multi-modal therapies are tested not only for primary malignant brain tumors, but for tumors metastatic to brain.
Publications
Professor
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
United States
Tel: (310) 553-5480
Research Interest
Neuroimmunology, Cellular Therapy, Dendritic Cells, Immunotherapy, Gene Therapy, Brain Tumors, Tumors Metastatic To Brain, Breast Metastases In Brain, Rasmussen’s Encephalitis
Cui-Wei (Tracy) Xie
Cui-Wei (Tracy) Xie
Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles
United States
Biography
Dr. Xie is a professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She completed her doctorate studies in physiology and medical science at Peking University, China, received postdoctoral training at National Institute of Health (NIH) and Duke University in United States, and joined UCLA faculty in 1995. She has published 80 research articles in peer reviewed journals in the areas of neuroscience. She was Associate Editor for Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, and has served as the member of study sections or review panels for National Institute of Health, US Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, and various international foundations for scientific research.
Publications
Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles
United States
Research Interest
Synaptic plasticity, aging and Alzheimer’s diseases, opioid tolerance and dependence
Yitzchak Frank
Yitzchak Frank
Clinical Professor
Mount Sinai Medical School
United States
Biography
Publications
Clinical Professor
Mount Sinai Medical School
United States
Research Interest
Neurology, Alzheimer's Disease, Pediatric Neurology
Laszlo Vecsei
Laszlo Vecsei
Director, Department of Neurology
Dean of the Medical Faculty
University of Szeged
Hungary
Tel: +36(62)545 351
Biography
Publications
Director, Department of Neurology
Dean of the Medical Faculty
University of Szeged
Hungary
Tel: +36(62)545 351
Research Interest
Jihad Inshasi
Jihad Inshasi
Consultant Neurologist, Rashid Hospital, DHA
Professor, Dubai Medical College
United Arab Emirates
Biography
He is a Consultant Neurologist, Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Professor in Neurology, Dubai Medical College (DMC). He is a Member, American Academy of Neurology (AAN) & European Neurology Society (ENS) and Founding member, board Member and Head of scientific committee, Emirates Neurology Society (EMINS/EMA), Founding member, board Member and ex-president of the Emirates League against Epilepsy (ILAE), Member and Delegate, World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and (PAUNS). He has more than 100 publications in peer review journal and presentations and he participated as principal investigator in many drug trials and research projects particularly in the field of multiple sclerosis.
Publications
Consultant Neurologist, Rashid Hospital, DHA
Professor, Dubai Medical College
United Arab Emirates
Research Interest
Neurophysiological activities, performing and interpreting all-related neurophysiology investigations including : EEGs, EMG, SFEMG, NCSs and EPS (VEP, BAEP and SEP), Multiple sclerosis,
 Anita Arsovska
Anita Arsovska
President
Macedonian Society of Neurology
University Clinic of Neurology
Macedonia
Tel: 00 389 78 366 798
Biography
Associate Professor Dr Anita Arsovska is a Neurology specialist at the University Clinic of Neurology, Skopje, Macedonia, employed since 1996. Since 2005, Dr Arsovska has been appointed Head of Department for Urgent Neurology at the Clinic. In 2009 Dr Arsovska has been elected Associate Professor in Neurology at the Medical Faculty, University St Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia. In 2011 she was elected President of the Macedonian Neurology Society. Beside her teaching duties, Dr Arsovska is very engaged in her everyday clinical work, where she diagnosis and treats patients with urgent neurological conditions (mostly patients with stroke, status epilepticus, coma etc). Dr Arsovska is an author and co-author of more than 70 published abstracts, presented at conferences and congresses in Macedonia and abroad. She is author and co-author of 18 published papers in extenso. Dr Arsovska is co-author of 6 books: “Stroke”; “Insomnia” ;“Clinical Neurology”-general and special part edited by NIP Studentski zbor-Skopje; Practicum in Neurology, edited by Fajnart Multimedia-Skopje and Neurology for students of the Dental Faculty, edited by Balkan Print Centar, Skopje. She is author of 1 book: Doppler sonography in the vascular pathology, edited by Borografika-Skopje and author of the chapter Status epilepticus in a book Epilepsy-a review, and chapter Startle syndromes in Textbook of Movement Disorders, edited by Dr Ashok Kumar, Department of Neurology, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, India. Dr Arsovska was awarded Diploma and Certificate for special achievements-issued by Macedonian Doctor’s Association (1997, 2009, 2013).
Publications
President
Macedonian Society of Neurology
University Clinic of Neurology
Macedonia
Tel: 00 389 78 366 798
Research Interest
Risk factors in cerebrovascular insults, Efficacy and safety of Cerebrolysin in the treatment of patients with acute ischemic stroke, Neurovax, therapeutic TCR peptide vaccine in multiple sclerosis, Genetic and neurophysiologic research in migraine
TANG Wai Kwong
TANG Wai Kwong
Professor
Department of Psychiatry
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Biography
Professor WK Tang was appointed to professor in the Department of Psychiatry, the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011. Professor Tang completed his medical training at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an academic staff since 1999. His main research area is Neuropsychiatry in Stroke. Professor Tang has published over 100 papers in renowned journals, and has also contributed to the peer review of 40 journals. He has secured over 20 major competitive research grants. He has served the editorial boards of five scientific journals. He was also a recipient of the Young Researcher Award in 2007, awarded by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Publications
Professor
Department of Psychiatry
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Research Interest
Psychiatric morbidity in stroke, namely dementia, cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, apathy, fatigue, emotional incontinence, suicidality, insomnia, pain, and quality of life. And psychiatric morbidity in Pneumoconiosis and Parkinson’s disease, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Schizophrenia, Psychogeriatrics and Substance Abuse
Mohamed El-Tamawy
Mohamed El-Tamawy
Emeritus Professor
Cairo University
Egypt
Biography
Mohamed S. El-Tamawy is Emeritus Professor of Neurology at Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt. He received his Master’s degree in Neurology andPsychological Medicine from Cairo University in 1980, and his Doctorate in Neurology from the same institution in 1984. He worked as a Consultant Neurologist in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 1984 to 1986, and was a Research Fellow at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA from 1989 to 1990, during which time he worked in the Primary Stroke Center. Professor El-Tamawy was the Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Cairo University from 2009 to 2012, and since 2010 has been the President of the Supreme Council of Neurology at the Egyptian Ministry of Health. Professor El-Tamawy is currently the President of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Societies, and Honorary President of the Egyptian Society of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery. He has authored many articles in national and international journals of neurology, and from 2008 to 2012 was the Editor-in-Chief of the Egyptian Journal of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery.
Publications
Emeritus Professor
Cairo University
Egypt
Research Interest
Ivo Lusic
Ivo Lusic
Professor
University Hospital Centre Split
Croatia
Biography
Publications
Professor
University Hospital Centre Split
Croatia
Research Interest
Epilepsy, Headache, Stroke, Quality of life, Epidemiology, Neuropsychology
Ramy El Khoury
Ramy El Khoury
Assistant professor
Tulane University
United States
Biography
Dr. El Khoury is an assistant professor of Neurology at Tulane University. He is board certified in both Neurology and Vascular Neurology with special interest in telemedicine, adjuvant therapy to thrombolysis for stroke, and stroke in young. He mentors more than 20 undergraduate students, medical students and trainees in stroke care and stroke research.
Publications
Assistant professor
Tulane University
United States
Research Interest
Acute ischemic stroke, endovascular therapy, telemedicine for stroke
Abdulrahman AlTahan
Abdulrahman AlTahan
Professor
King Saud University
Saudi Arabia
Tel: 9661-2994898
Biography
Graduated from Damascus university and trained in neurology at the National Hospital for neurological and neurosurgical diseases and Charing-Cross Hospital, U.K. from 1983-1987. He joined the college of medicine at King Saud University (KSU), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as faculty staff and participated in under-graduate teaching and neurology training through KSU fellowship program, and later through Saudi Neurology fellowship program. He joined the neurology committee of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties since 1995, and was the director of this committee until 2010. Meanwhile, he attained FRCP (London) and FAAN. He directed the neurology division at the college of medicine and participated in many of the college and medical department committees. He served as the president of neuroscience group in Riyadh, and was treasurer for the Pan Arab Union for Neurological Societies and served till 2012 as the Saudi delegate to the World Federation of Neurology. He wrote and participated in more than 50 publications in different fields of Neurology, which included describing a novel extra-pyramidal disorder, classified recently as type 3 Huntington-like diseases. I translated a book “Nerve and Muscle” to Arabic (published by KSU on 2000). He also served in the editorial boards of many local medical journals, and was involved also as a reviewer. Currently after retirement from KSU early 2011, has part-time clinical work at Dalla general hospital, in Riyadh, and is involved in research and review activities as well as part-time teaching. Also involved in national Multiple sclerosis group, stroke society and is member of the board of the recently created Saudi Neurological Society.
Publications
Professor
King Saud University
Saudi Arabia
Tel: 9661-2994898
Research Interest
Multiple Sclerosis, Peripheral Neuropathy, and Extrapyramidal disorders
Iryna V Lobach
Iryna V Lobach
Assistant Professor
University of California, San Francisco
United States
Biography
Publications
Assistant Professor
University of California, San Francisco
United States
Research Interest
NATIK PIRI
NATIK PIRI
Associate Professor
Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
United States
Biography
Dr. Piri is an associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of California Los Angeles. The main directions in his research are: defining the mechanisms leading to retinal ganglion cell (RGC) degeneration in glaucomatous neuropathy; developing strategies for preserving RGCs against neurodegeneration; and identifying new genes critical for RGC function/integrity and for morphological/functional differences between various types of RGCs.
Publications
Associate Professor
Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
United States
Research Interest
Neurodegeneration and neuroprotection; glaucomatous optic neuropathy, regulation of gene expression
Jera KRUJA
Jera KRUJA
Professor of Neurology
University of Medicine, Tirana
Albania
Biography
Lecturer at the University of Medicine of Tirana, Faculty of Medicine, Neurology Service since 1981 (before University of Tirana). Member of editing board of OA Publishing London, Albanian Medical Journal, Bulletin of Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Tirana. Delegate of Albanian Society of Neurology to European Federation of Neurology Societies and to World Federation of Neurology. Trainer of European Academy of Epilepsy. Reviewer of European Journal of Neurology, Clinical Epidemiology, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Journal of Pediatric Epilepsy. Health National Contact Point, European Commission, CORDIS Fp7 programme. Head of University Service of Neurology, Mother Teresa Hospital Tirana.
Publications
Professor of Neurology
University of Medicine, Tirana
Albania
Research Interest
Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Headache, Dementia
Kun Ping Lu
Kun Ping Lu
Professor
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
United States
Biography
Publications
Professor
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
United States
Research Interest
Elucidating the regulation of cell signaling and telomere maintenance, and in determining their role in the development and treatment of human disease
Riadh GOUIDER
Riadh GOUIDER
Professor
Razi hospital
Tunisia
Biography
Pr. Riadh GOUIDER is Professor in Neurology and head of Department of Neurology and Alzheimer center at Razi hospital in Tunis, Tunisia. He is graduated in Neurophysiology from Paris VI University (Salpetriere Hospital). Pr. Riadh GOUIDER is Regional Director of the World Federation of Neurology for the Pan African Region, President Elect of the PAANS (Pan African Association of Neurological Societies) and coordinator of the Mediterranean Group in the EFNS. He has Vice President of the Tunisian Association Against Epilepsy. He has served on a variety of commissions, boards and societies in the field of Neurology, Epilepsy, Medical Informatics and Telemedicine. He is an Advisory Board Member for Neurosciences journal. He is member of the commission of continuous formation in the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and member of the French Society of Neurology (SFN) and of the French Society for Research in clinical neurophysiology (ARN). He is founder member of the Maghrebian Federation of Neurology. He was head of the project CMCU: «Clinical and genetic study of autosomal recessive idiopathic epilepsies » Franco-Tunisian cooperation (07G 0806). He received several awards (American Academy of Neurology, JNLF, Maghrebian Federation of neurology...). He authored and co-authored more than 80 original papers and book chapters espacially on genetic of epilepsy.
Publications
Professor
Razi hospital
Tunisia
Research Interest
- Epilepsy, with a main focus on neurophysiology and genetic of epilepsies, especially, familial forms of idiopathic epilepsies, recessive epilepsies and Unverricht Lundborg Disease. - Multiple Sclerosis, with an axed research on epidemiology and clinical specificities in Tunisia, Maghreb and Arab world. - Dementia, with four key research areas: epidemiology of dementia in Tunisia, early and young onset dementia, neuropsychological assessment and risk factors.
Zhefeng Guo
Zhefeng Guo
Assistant Professor
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
United States
Biography
Zhefeng Guo is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCLA in 2003. His research interest is focused on structural biology of neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s and prion diseases. Using a variety of structural methods, with an emphasis on electron magnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, his group investigates the structures of amyloid-β oligomers and fibrils, γ-secretase, and yeast prion proteins. The goal of his research is to determine the structure of γ-secretase, and to understand the mechanism of protein aggregation involved in Alzheimer’s and prion diseases, eventually designing effective therapeutics for treatment.
Publications
Assistant Professor
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
United States
Research Interest
Structural studies of amyloid-β aggregation in Alzheimer’s disease
Molecular mechanisms of prion propagation of yeast prion proteins
Structure of γ-secretase.
Christie M. Malayil Lincoln
Christie M. Malayil Lincoln
Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
United States
Tel: (713) 798-4471
Biography
Christie M. Malayil-Lincoln, M.D., recently joined the radiology group at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. She is a dedicated neuroimager with the neuroradiology section. Dr. Malayil-Lincoln graduated in 2002 from Manipal University with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree. In 2005, she completed an Internal Medicine internship at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY and then went on to a Radiology residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, an affiliate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Upon successful completion of the Radiology residency, Dr. Malayil-Lincoln went on for further subspecialty training in Neuroimaging at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY under the mentorship of Dr. Jacqueline Bello. While at Montefiore, her training included adult and pediatric neuroimaging, spine procedures and cerebral angiography. She also completed an elective at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia during her two year fellowship.
Publications
Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
United States
Tel: (713) 798-4471
Research Interest
Adult and pediatric neuroimaging, Spine procedures and cerebral angiography
XIAOFENG YANG
XIAOFENG YANG
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota
United States
Tel: (612) 868-9960
Biography
Dr. Yang is currently an associate professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota. He received his M.D. from Beijing University in 1983. He completed postdoctoral training at Washington University in St Louis, where he was later appointed a research assistant professor in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Yang joined the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine as an associate professor in 2007.
Publications
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota
United States
Tel: (612) 868-9960
Research Interest
Dr. Yang's research laboratory performs studies on basic mechanisms of epilepsy and has been committed to translational research, specifically the development and application of new medical devices to control medically intractable epilepsy. A major focus of his research is the use of rapid cooling utilizing small thermoelectric devices to control focal neocortical seizures. His research has demonstrated that rapid cooling can terminate seizures in animal models. Currently, the technology is being implemented in clinical trials. A second area of interest for Dr. Yang involves studying the clinical applications of a novel optical technique involving caged–GABA to control focal epilepsy in rodent seizure models. His laboratory has reported the world's first application of photolysis caged-GABA to control focal neocortical seizures on in vivo animal models. His third major area of research involves using electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques to study the mechanism of novel antiepileptic drugs. Currently, he is investigating the use of responsive closed-loop deep brain stimulation to control intractable seizures in animal models.
AHAMAD KHALIFA
AHAMAD KHALIFA
President
Syrian Society of Neurosciences
Syria
Tel: 00963-944-216172
Biography
With a background in general neurology, for about 25 years he is taking care of patients with different neurological diseases .Currently he is head of neurology, neurophysiology, and internal medicine departments in Damascus hospital. His primary areas of interest is MS, epilepsy and stroke. He mentors young doctors in their training in neurology residency, with more than 250 completed speciality dissertations under my supervision(>1/2 Syrian Neurologist). He had the privilege to serve in the Organizing and/or Scientific Advisory Committees of several regional and Mediterranean Congresses. He is the president of PAUNS congress 2010-Damascus. Considering education as a major commitment, He is the Syrian coordinator with the WFN-CME, Since it's establishment in early 2003. He arranged more than 35 courses, of different topics of Continuum, which rotate several times in all regions of Syria(train of sceince).
Publications
President
Syrian Society of Neurosciences
Syria
Tel: 00963-944-216172
Research Interest
Multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and stroke
Salah Almubarak
Salah Almubarak
Pediatric Neurologist
National Neuroscience Institute
Saudi Arabia
Biography
Publications
Pediatric Neurologist
National Neuroscience Institute
Saudi Arabia
Research Interest
Pediatric Neurology, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology
Avner Meoded
Avner Meoded
Neuroimaging research fellow
NIH/NINDS
United States
Tel: (301) 496-5730
Biography
He is a (Italian) board certified radiologist with an extensive training in neuroradiology. He is performing clinically orientated research in the field of motor neuron disease focusing on understanding the relationship between disorders of the motor neuron disease spectrum and imaging markers of disease progression. Assessing whether imaging measures are reliable biomarkers of progression requires skills in measuring clinical function and quantitative imaging. His training in neuroradiology and experience in processing and analysis of advanced MRI techniques provided him with the background and expertise needed to carry out this research program. Over the past 6 years, He has carried out neuroimaging studies of pediatric and adult neurological disorders, acquiring expertise in quantitative methods of analysis in particular diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI).
Publications
Neuroimaging research fellow
NIH/NINDS
United States
Tel: (301) 496-5730
Research Interest
1.Analysis of structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging biomarkers and the correlation between neuroimaging measures and measures of disease progression in patients with motor neuron disease.
2. Diffusion tensor imaging of the spinal cord
3. Application of DTI in congenital malformations of the CNS
4. Stroke imaging
5. Application of susceptibility weighted imaging in the study of neurodegenerative diseases.
Wei Liu
Wei Liu
Assistant Professor Auburn University
United States
Biography
Dr. Liu earned a doctorate in rehabilitation science from the University of Maryland and a masters in biomedical engineering from University of Vermont. Liu holds faculty position at school Kinesiology, Auburn University. He is director of Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory (RBL) at Auburn University. Dr. Liu is a rehabilitation scientist specializing in biomechanics and motor control. He has extensive research experience of motion analysis of lower and upper extremities function movement such as arm reaching and human walking. Dr. Liu’s current research is focusing on combining aspects of Motor Control Theory, Biomechanics Modeling approach and Imaging technique such as Electroencephalogram (EEG), f-MRI to develop improved treatment interventions for individuals with disability such as Stroke.
Publications
Assistant Professor Auburn University
United States
Research Interest
Motor Control Theory, Biomechanics Modeling approach and Imaging technique such as Electroencephalogram (EEG), f-MRI to develop improved treatment interventions for individuals with disability such as Stroke
Benoit Renvoise
Benoit Renvoise
Research Fellow
NIH/NINDS
United States
Biography
Throughout his graduate and post-doctoral training, he has successfully pursued research projects focusing on pathological mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases. Recently, He was awarded an NINDS K99/R00 Career Transition Award for my research and training plan to transition to an independent faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor. His future projects will initially emphasize the role of the ESCRT-III complex in neurodegenerative disease processes.
Publications
Research Fellow
NIH/NINDS
United States
Research Interest
Role of the ESCRT-III complex in neurodegenerative disease processes
Andrew D. Barreto
Andrew D. Barreto
Assistant Professor
University of Texas-Houston Medical School
United States
Tel: (713)-500-7002
Biography
He is currently the co-principle investigator with Dr Grotta of a phase 2b NIH-sponsored randomized 3-arm multicenter clinical research trial – the Argatroban tPA stroke study (ARTSS-2). This study is also the focus of a NIH K12 training/career mentoring grant under the mentoring of Dr. Jon Tyson. He is also the medical director of the department’s neurovascular ultrasound laboratory. He directly oversee the education of all stroke fellows as it pertains to the use of non-invasive imaging for the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of stroke patients.
Publications
Assistant Professor
University of Texas-Houston Medical School
United States
Tel: (713)-500-7002
Research Interest
Combination treatments for thrombolysis in ischemic stroke, Ultrasound-enhanced treatments for ischemic stroke, Advanced CT and MRI vascular neuroimaging, Endovascular treatment for stroke
Juan M Valdivia V
Juan M Valdivia V
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan Health System
United States
Tel: (734) 936-5024
Biography
Dr. Valdivia was born and grew up in Lima, Peru. He received his M.D. degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in 2002. Dr. Valdivia came to the United States for his neurosurgical residency at the University of Arizona, and then moved on to the University of Michigan for his fellowship in Complex and Reconstructive Spine Surgery, specilizing in Spinal Deformity Surgery. Dr. Valdivia joined the Neurosurgery Faculty at the University of Michigan in 2010. Dr. Valdivia's primary research focus has been on cranial surgery, specifically in skull base surgery. He has a special interest in resident education and outreach - particularly in his home country of Peru. Dr. Valdivia's newest endeavor is in leading the Neurosurgical Program at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital with his focus on developing and improving the neurosurgical services at that facility by providing state-of-the-art neurosurgical care to veterans. In addition, he has an interest to develop basic science and clinical research in spine deformity. His most recent research interests involve treatment of spinal deformity, and in vivo models for spinal metastasis.
Publications
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan Health System
United States
Tel: (734) 936-5024
Research Interest
Spinal deformity surgery techniques, spinal metastasis in vivo models, Cervical Myelopathy pathophysiology, spinal tumor pathophysiology, metastatic Brain tumor pathophysiology. Brain Trauma pathophysiology, Neurosurgical education, biomarkers for spinal tumors and Brain tumors
LinLin Tian
LinLin Tian
Research Instructor
Washington University
United States
Tel: 314-362-6026
Biography
Dr. Tian received his MD from Hebei Medical University, China in 2004. He received his Ph. D. degree in 2009, with an emphasis on molecular pharmacology, from Beijing Institute of Radiation Medicine. After one year postdoctoral training in Emory University, he began a postdoctoral training at Washington University School of Medicine, working with Dr. Joel S. Perlmutter. He joined the Neurology Department at Washington University School of Medicine as a research instructor in 2012.
Publications
Research Instructor
Washington University
United States
Tel: 314-362-6026
Research Interest
Neuroimaging biomarkers, Parkinson disease, Nigrostriatal neurons,
Madeline C. Fields
Madeline C. Fields
Assistant Professor
Mount Sinai Hosptial
United States
Tel: (212)241-2627
Biography
Madeline C. Fields, MD completed a two year fellowship in neuro-physiology and epilepsy at the New York University Langone Medical Center. She is the recipient of the National Epifellows Award and is board certified in Neurology and Neurophysiology. Dr. Fields received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and her medical degree from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. After a one year internship in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, she completed her neurology residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center where she served as chief resident. Dr. Fields was awarded the Resident of theYear award, the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, and was inducted as an honorary member into Alpha Omega Alpha. Her primary clinical interests include the medical management of epilepsy evaluation of the genetic basis for epilepsy and quantitative electroencephalography analysis.
Publications
Assistant Professor
Mount Sinai Hosptial
United States
Tel: (212)241-2627
Research Interest
Electroencephalogram, Epilepsy, Seizure Disorder
Arpan Banerjee
Arpan Banerjee
Associate Professor
National Brain Research Centre
India
Tel: (0124) – 2845310
Biography
Dr. Arpan Banerjee is Associate Professor at National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Gurgaon, India and works in the field of theoretical neurosciences and functional brain imaging. He uses concepts from Complex Systems studies, in particular non-linear dynamics, spatiotemporal pattern formation and stochastic processes to understand the brain network dynamics underlying human cognition. Dr. Banerjee did his PhD in Complex Systems & Brain Sciences (2007) from Florida Atlantic University, USA, Masters in Physics (2002) from University of Pune, India and Bachelors in Physics (2000) from Presidency College University, Kolkata, India. Post PhD, he has worked in Center for Neural Science, New York University (2007-2009) as Swartz Foundation fellow in Computational Neuroscience and in National Institutes of Health, USA (2009-2013) as Research Fellow. Dr Banerjee has worked on different modes of human neuroimaging (EEG, MEG & MRI) and animal neurophysiology and currently the recipient of the Ramalingaswami Fellowship (2013-2018) from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.
Publications
Associate Professor
National Brain Research Centre
India
Tel: (0124) – 2845310
Research Interest
Cognitive and computational neuroscience,auditory and language processing, neuroimaging techniques, non-linear dynamics, spatiotemporal pattern formation, machine learning, stochastic processes
John A. Lincoln
John A. Lincoln
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
United States
Tel: 713-500-7016
Biography
John A. Lincoln, M.D., Ph.D. recently joined the Multiple Sclerosis research group at UT Health. He is also involved with the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Analysis Center at the medical school. Dr. Lincoln graduated in 1992 from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics. By 1998, he obtained a Master’s degree in Microbiology and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Immunology from Texas Tech University where his research focused on the role of macrophages in innate immunity. He obtained his Doctorate of Medicine in 2002 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and completed an Internal Medicine internship. Following a residency in Neurology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, Dr. Lincoln completed a Neuroimmunology fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). In 2008 he joined the faculty at UMDNJ as both a clinician and researcher. While in Newark, his research focused on the potential viral etiologies of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and in evaluating a new animal model of virally-mediated demyelination. Dr. Lincoln has published articles related to the etiology, immunology, and clinical profiles seen in MS and is currently interested in evaluating the role of neurodegeneration in disease.
Publications
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
United States
Tel: 713-500-7016
Research Interest
Multiple Sclerosis, Neurodegenerative processes, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Immune-mediated Neurological Disorders
Vassiliy Tsytsarev
Vassiliy Tsytsarev
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
United States
Biography
Dr. Vassiliy Tsytsarev has received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience in Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia. He moved to Japan soon after graduation and worked there within seven years - first in the Brain Science Institute of RIKEN and then in Kyoto University. After that he moved to the United States and is now working in the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Functional brain mapping, neural circuits and different types of the brain optical imaging are his main scientific interests as well as professional background.
Publications
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
United States
Research Interest
Auditory Cortex, Barrel Field, Brain Optical Imaging, Functional Brain Mapping, Epilepsy, NMDA, NR1, Neural Circuits, Neural Network, Neurocomputation, Optical Coherence Tomography, Optical Imaging, Somatosensory Cortex, Photoacoustic Microscopy, Voltage-Sensitive Dye, Vibrissae, Synaptic Plasticity
Rajnish S Dave
Rajnish S Dave
Associate Scientist
Temple University School of Medicine
United States
Tel: (215) 707-3150
Biography
Dr Dave was born and grew up in Mumbai, India. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Mumbai in 1998. Dr. Dave for his postdoctoral training in molecular virology at Columbia University and subsequently continued his training in neuroAIDS and molecular virology at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr Dave joined the Center for neuroAIDS Research in the Department of Neuroscience in 2008 where his research is focused on elucidating role of miRNAs in HIV-induced brain diseases in opiate-abusers.
Publications
Associate Scientist
Temple University School of Medicine
United States
Tel: (215) 707-3150
Research Interest
His research interest is focused on investigating the role of small non-coding RNAs, in HIV-1 neuropathogenesis. Small non-coding RNAs, such as microRNAs (miRNAs) and small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) possess the ability to regulate gene expression through post-transcriptional gene silencing mechanisms. Both miRNAs and siRNAs have an integral role in disease etiology and host-virus interactions. Alterations in miRNA expression often correlate with onset of cancers, viral infections or mental disorders. Several human viruses also express miRNAs. HIV-1 infection of the Central Nervous System (CNS) often leads to HIV-1-associated dementia (HAD) and HIV-1-associated minor cognitive motor disorder (HMCMD). HIV-1 infection is associated with macrophage infiltration, formation of microglial nodules and multinucleated giant cells, astrocyte activation and neuronal loss. Perivascular macrophages and microglia present in the hippocampus and basal ganglia are predominantly infected. However, the role of miRNAs and siRNAs in HIV-1 infection of CNS remains unclear. Currently, we are investigating alterations in miRNA expression profiles and how they might affect the course of disease progression in HIV-1-infected opiate abusers. This cohort is of interest as it often exhibits an accelerated form of HIV-1 associated dementia and enhanced neurological dysfunction. His observations indicate involvement of inflammation and oxidative stress in response to morphine in CNS with a potential role for cellular miRNAs to regulate these processes.
Dongming Cai
Dongming Cai
Assistant Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
United States
Biography
Dr. Cai joined Mount Sinai in July 2010, where she continues to advance our understanding of the workings of the central nervous system and the processes involved in defining disease mechanisms. Prior to coming to Mount Sinai, Dr. Cai was trained by many prestigious basic research scientists. She obtained her PhD in Neuroscience in the laboratory of Dr. Marie Filbin at Hunter College of The City University of New York, where she studied the roles of cyclic AMP in blocking myelin-derived inhibitors of axonal regeneration in animal models of spinal cord injury. Subsequently, Dr. Cai completed postdoctoral training mentored by Nobel Laureate Dr. Paul Greengard at The Rockefeller University in New York where she conducted research on Alzheimer’s disease focusing on the regulation of βAPP processing and trafficking and the impact of these processes on neuronal function. Besides basic research training, Dr. Cai further obtained clinical expertise in neurology and expanded her exposure to translational research during residency training at Yale Neurology Department. Dr Cai has been remarkably productive in terms of scientific publications and awards. She was firstauthor on many papers of high profile journals including Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She successfully obtained research funds including from the NIH, Alzheimer’s Association and VA Medical System.
Publications
Assistant Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
United States
Research Interest
Dr Cai’s laboratory conducts research studies focusing on the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Our prior research studies have demonstrated the regulation of βAPP processing and trafficking by cytosolic factors, as well as their impacts on neuronal functions. The laboratory is currently studying the regulation of membrane lipid composition, metabolism and its effects on endocytosis of Alzheimer associated proteins and amyloid plaque formation. Using transgenic animal models, her research group investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying amyloid generation, with the goal of developing new diagnostic and therapeutic tools for Alzheimer's Disease.
Andrea Poretti
Andrea Poretti
Research Associate
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
United States
Tel: (410)-955-6454
Biography
Andrea Poretti, MD, is a Swiss board certified pediatrician with an extensive training in pediatric neurology and experience in pediatric neuroimaging, particularly in disorders involving the cerebellum. After his residency in pediatrics and pediatric neurology in Zurich, Switzerland, he moved to the Division of Pediatric Radiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, where he is continuing his clinically orientated research in the field of pediatric neurology and neuroimaging focusing on cerebellar disorders and advanced neuroimaging techniques e.g. diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). He is the author/co-author of about 80 peer reviewed scientific paper and of 22 book chapters. He has given about 55 lectures on national and international conferences and is author/co-author of about 65 presentations on national and international meetings. He served as invited reviewer for about 20 scientific journals in the fields of pediatric neurology, neuroradiology, neurogenetics and neuroscience.
Publications
Research Associate
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
United States
Tel: (410)-955-6454
Research Interest
Pediatric cerebellar disorders; Pediatric ataxia; Pediatric neuroimaging; Advanced neuroimaging techniques
Tapas Kumar Makar
Tapas Kumar Makar
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland
United States
Tel: 410-706-4558
Biography
Publications
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland
United States
Tel: 410-706-4558
Research Interest
Stem cell, Neurodegenerative disease, Gene therapy, Neuroinflammation, Signal transduction

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