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Vol. LVII, No. 16
August 12, 2005

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Thomas Jefferson University Honors Grady

Dr. Patricia Grady (r), director, National Institute of Nursing Research, receives honorary doctorate from Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  
"We are honored to have in our presence today a woman whose exceptional commitment and significant contributions to education, research and health care have gained her national and international recognition as a leader in her profession." Thus began the presentation of an honorary doctor of science by Brian G. Harrison, chairman, board of trustees, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, to Dr. Patricia Grady, director, National Institute of Nursing Research. Grady also gave the keynote address at commencement exercises for the graduating class of the health professions programs of the Jefferson College of Health Professions and Jefferson College of Graduate Studies.

Harrison noted that Grady "is a widely published and world-renowned scholar in research on stroke and hypertension, as well as a strong advocate for nursing research studies that focus on the full spectrum of life span issues, from low birth weight babies fighting for life to the frail elderly struggling to maintain the quality of lives extended by technology." He noted that "during her distinguished professional career, [Grady] has excelled as a nurse, an educator, a scholar, a research scientist and administrator. To her students, her colleagues and the countless numbers of patients, caregivers and practitioners in the health care arena who have benefited directly from her tireless work, she has provided direction, innovation and inspiration.

"Her extraordinary contributions to scientific understanding and leadership in directing and shaping nursing research have advanced the health and well-being not only of our nation, but that of the global community as well," Harrison concluded.

Grady took the opportunity to congratulate the class of 2005 on their accomplishments and to underscore the significance of their choice of careers in health care at a time when advances in technology, the unraveling of the human genome, and the graying of America "all point to the importance in this new century of the health professions. To make the most of our breakthroughs and to meet the challenges, we are going to need more and more people like you who have studied human health and are prepared to make careers in health care," she said. "You are going to see things in health that will astonish you — and make you proud to be a part of the enterprise."

NINDS Grantee Antonio Damasio Wins Prince of Asturias Award

NINDS grantee Dr. Antonio Damasio of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, recently received the 2005 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research.  
Dr. Antonio Damasio, Maurice Van Allen professor and head of the department of neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, recently received the 2005 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research. The award acknowledges scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work of international scope. Damasio was chosen unanimously for the award by the 21-member jury from among 58 candidates from 23 countries.

A long-time NINDS grantee, Damasio is internationally known for his studies on the neurobiology of the mind. His research has led to a greater understanding of how the brain orchestrates higher-level cognitive functions such as language, memory, emotion and decision-making, and how damage to particular areas of the brain affects these functions. By providing important insights into the cerebral bases of language and memory, his work also has increased understanding of neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

Past recipients of the Asturias prize — which will be presented in Oviedo, Spain, in October — include genome researchers Francis Collins and Craig Venter, AIDS researchers Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier, and physicist Stephen Hawking. Damasio will leave the University of Iowa later this year to become director of the newly founded brain research institute at the University of Southern California.

Four Appointed to NIAMS Council

Four new members were recently named to the National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council.

Dr. Gena Carter is a radiologist and patient advocate from Jamaica Plain, Mass. Among many professional accomplishments, she recently represented the American Cancer Society, New England Division, as an appointee to a special Senate commission investigating health care disparities.

NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz (r) and deputy director Dr. Steven Hausman (l) welcome new members to the institute’s council. They are (from l) Dr. Lawrence Raisz, Dr. Gena Carter and Dr. Martin Kushmerick. Dr. Bevra Hahn was not present.  

Dr. Bevra Hahn is the chief of the division of rheumatology at the department of medicine, and professor of medicine at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine. She has made significant contributions to understanding the origins and development of systemic lupus erythematosus and to improving the treatment of patients with rheumatic diseases.

Dr. Martin Kushmerick is a professor in the department of radiology at the University of Washington, with joint appointments in physiology and bioengineering. He is internationally known for his research in muscle mechanics and physiology and the use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging in metabolic studies.

Dr. Lawrence Raisz of Farmington, Conn., is director of the University of Connecticut Health Center for Osteoporosis. He is an internationally renowned bone biology researcher, and one of the scientific editors for the Surgeon General's Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis.

The new appointees will serve on the advisory council to NIAMS through September 2008.

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