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25 Years and Counting!

Fourteen faculty members attended an intimate gathering to celebrate their 25-year commitment to the medical school. To commemorate their anniversary, each faculty member received a wooden chair with their name and years of service engraved on it.

Attendees included: (back row from left to right) Gordon Nuber, MD, professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery; Dan Fintel, MD, professor of cardiology; (middle row) Dean J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD; Raymond Curry, MD, dean of education; Richard Pope, MD, chief of rheumatology; Allen Heinemann, PhD, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation; Mark Walker, MD, associate of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences; David Neely, MD, associate professor of internal medicine; Craig Langman, MD, professor of pediatrics; Deborah Gaebler-Spira, MD, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation; Jon Ruderman, MD, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology; Bharat Mittal, MD, professor of radiation oncology; (front row) Lucy Freund, PhD, lecturer in psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Laura Viner, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Christina Marciniak, MD, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Faculty/Staff Awards

The American Heart Association recently honored Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, with its Chairman’s Award for excellence in volunteer service. Dr. Lloyd-Jones led the process that developed AHA’s 2020 Impact Goals.

Marsel Mesulam, MD, Dunbar Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry and director of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University, received The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2010 Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achievement Award for his “extraordinary achievements in advancing Alzheimer research.” Dr. Mesulam, whose work on cholinergic pathways has been groundbreaking in understanding Alzheimer’s, was honored with three other scientists during the 2010 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Faculty Awards

Ann Carias, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Hope, was one of 41 Feinberg faculty/staff to submit images to the Northwestern University Scientific Images Contest this past summer. Carias, who is studying how HIV influences immune cell distribution and the effects of hormonal treatment, took third place with her colorful image of cervical tissue that had been exposed to HIV. Before exposure, the tissue was treated with Depo Provera, a drug known to thin the epithelial layer. Green areas depict cervical tissue, and blue areas denote live cells within the tissue. The bright pink flecks are immune cells that can be targeted by HIV. In addition to Carias, Vamsi Parini from the Pathology Core Facility and Hannah Dimbert from Dr. Harris Perlman’s rheumatology lab received honorable mentions in the Northwestern contest which had 83 submissions.

When the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) set out to recognize Paula Stern, PhD, the first female president of their organization and professor in molecular pharmacology and biological chemistry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, they did so by naming an award after her. The ASBMR Paula Stern Achievement Award will annually recognize a woman who has made significant scientific achievements and has promoted the professional development and advancement of women in the bone field.

Chicago Magazine named Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD, professor of physical movement and rehabilitation, and associate dean of academic affairs at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, to its “Top 40 Visionaries” list. Dr. Kuiken, director of amputee services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, was recognized for development of the targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) procedure, which enables amputees to control a “bionic arm” through neural signals generated from the brain. Worldwide, 45 patients have benefited from TMR, including nearly a dozen military veterans. Also named to the list for his unique contributions was Dr. Henry Betts, the former president of RIC and a past chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the medical school.