NIGMS Program Directors Honored
Two NIGMS minority program directors were among recent
recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science,
Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The awards, presented
annually, recognize influential institutions and individuals who have
been leaders in encouraging minorities, women and disabled persons
to pursue careers in the scientific and engineering labor force. The
recipients included Dr. Therese Markow (above), a Regents
professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of
Arizona, Tucson, and Dr. Bharati Mehrotra (below), a professor of
biology at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. Markow is the former
Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program director at
Arizona State University and is currently the institutional research
and academic career development awards director at the University
of Arizona. Mehrotra is the MARC program director at Tougaloo
College. Markow and Mehrotra were among 10 individuals and 10
institutions who received awards. The awards were established by
the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 1996
and are administered through the National Science Foundation.
Award recipients attended a ceremony in Washington, D.C., and
were presented with a $10,000 grant and a commemorative
AAN Honors NINDS's Moore
Dr. David Moore, a clinical fellow in the NINDS Developmental and Metabolic Neurology Branch, was recently selected to receive the S. Weir Mitchell Award from the American Academy of Neurology. The award is given annually to a junior AAN member who is senior author of a research-based manuscript, and is designed to encourage basic research in neuroscience by physicians in clinical neurology training programs.
Dr. David Moore
Moore's manuscript, "White Matter Lesions in Fabry Disease Occur in Prior Selectively Hypometabolic and Hyperperfused Brain Regions: A Pathophysiological Model of Leukoaraiosis," describes his recent work on the etiology of leukoaraiosis in Fabry disease. Leukoaraiosis is a term applied to abnormal areas of white matter found on computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging scans of the brain. These areas often develop during normal aging, have been associated with decreased speed of thinking and mild memory impairment, and may be caused by impaired blood vessel control and decreased white matter blood flow over a long period of time. A more complete understanding of the mechanisms involved in the development of leukoaraiosis could lead to treatment strategies to prevent the cognitive decline associated with this disorder.
Since coming to NINDS, Moore has also received the 2001 Oldendorf Award from the American Society of Neuroimaging and the NIH Bench-to-Bedside Award in 2001. With the Mitchell award, which is named for a noted neurologist and one of the "fathers" of American neurology, Moore will receive $1,000 and a medallion.
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