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Weill Cornell Medical Student Wins Alex’s Lemonade Stand Grant for DIPG Summer Project

Umberto Tosi

Umberto will be testing a kinase inhibitor that has been shown to be effective against leukemia as a potential treatment agent against DIPG in mice.

Dr. Navarro-Ramirez Wins Young Investigator Award

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center

Dr. Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, a research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Härtl, has been awarded a 2016 Young Investigator Award by the Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS). The award is given to the highest ranking abstracts presented; Dr. Navarro-Ramirez was honored for his abstract, entitled: “Radiological correlation of facet degeneration and indirect decompression after Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion.”

Dr. Nelson Moussazadeh Awarded Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award

Dr. Nelson Moussazadeh

Our sixth-year resident won for his paper "Epigenetic Profiling Reveals a Unique Histone Code in Chordoma.”

Dr. Knopman Named Winner of Young Heart Award

Dr. Jared Knopman

The American Heart Association’s Young Professionals of NYC will honor Dr. Jared Knopman with the Young Heart Award at the 2016 Red Ball. The award will be presented to Dr. Knopman for his work as an advocate for heart health and for his pioneering work in new approaches to treating stroke.

Dr. Bernardo Receives Grand Award of Merit from ASILM

Dr. Antonio Bernardo receives the Grand Award of Merit from ASILM President Dr. Lucio Caputo

Antonio Bernardo, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Co-Director of the Surgical Innovations Laboratory for Skull Base Microneurosurgery, was a Guest of Honor and a recipient of the Grand Award of Merit at the 50th Anniversary Gala and Awards Ceremony by the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit (ASILM) in New York.

Dr. Pennicooke Wins Charlie Kuntz Scholar Award

Dr. Brenton Pennicooke

This prestigious award is given each year to neurosurgical residents or fellows for outstanding research on spinal disorders.

Dr. Härtl’s Team Wins CSRS Basic Science Research Paper Award

Dr. Roger Härtl

Dr. Roger Härtl, Dr. Lawrence Bonassar, and their inter-campus spine research team were awarded the Third Place Basic Science Research Paper Award at the annual meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS). The paper, “Total Disc Replacement Using Tissue-Engineered Intervertebral Discs: In Vivo Outcome In A Canine Model,” was authored by Dr. Härtl, Yu Moriguchi, Rodrigo Navarro, Peter Grunert, and Thamina Khair in New York and Dr. Lawrence Bonassar,  Jorge Mojica Santiago, and Katherine Hudson in Ithaca. The annual meeting was held  December 2-5, 2015, in San Diego.

Dr. Morgenstern Named Winner of 2015 Kenneth Shulman Award

Peter Morgenstern, M.D.

Peter Morgenstern, M.D., a fifth-year resident in neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, has been awarded the 2015 Kenneth Shulman Award from the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). This award is given each year for the best paper presented at the annual meeting of the Joint Section by a resident-in-training. Dr. Morgenstern's winning paper is "Menin: A Novel Therapeutic Target for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma," conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Viviane Tabar of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Härtl’s Team Wins CSRS Basic Science Research Paper Award

Dr. Roger Härtl, Dr. Lawrence Bonassar, and their inter-campus spine research team were awarded the Third Place Basic Science Research Paper Award at the annual meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS). The paper, “Total Disc Replacement Using Tissue-Engineered Intervertebral Discs: In Vivo Outcome in a Canine Model,” was authored by Dr. Härtl, Yu Moriguchi, Rodrigo Navarro, Peter Grunert, and Thamina Khair in New York and Dr. Lawrence Bonassar,  Jorge Mojica Santiago, and Katherine Hudson in Ithaca. The annual meeting was held December 2-5, 2015, in San Diego.

Dr. Stieg Installed as President of the Brain Tumor Foundation

Dr. Philip E. Stieg is named President of the Brain Tumor Foundation by Chairman Michael Schreiber

Dr. Philip E. Stieg, chairman of the Weill Cornell Department of Neurological Surgery and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was installed as President of the Brain Tumor Foundation at the "A Taste for Life" dinner on November 10, 2015. 

Dr. Schwartz and Team Win Daedalus Fund Grant for New “Laser Scalpel” for Epilepsy Surgery

Dr. Mingrui Zhao and Dr. Theodore Schwartz

Researchers will explore a novel approach to curing epilepsy surgically.

Dr. Morgenstern Wins NREF Fellowship for 2015-16

Dr. Peter Morgenstern

The fourth-year neurosurgery resident will be investigating a novel approach for targeted therapy for DIPG.

Ranjodh Singh Awarded 2015 Student Research Fellowship By National Medical Honor Society

Ranjodh Singh, a medical student research fellow in Dr. Souweidane's laboratory

The $5,000 award will allow Singh to continue the DIPG research initiative he began last year

Dr. Souweidane Named Chair of Editorial Board for JNS Pediatrics

Mark M. Souweidane, MD

Dr. Souweidane has served on the journal’s editorial board since 2008

Dr. Pennicooke Selected as CSNS Socioeconomic Fellow

Brenton H. Pennicooke, MD

The fellowship is intended to broaden a neurosurgery resident’s understanding of the socioeconomic issues affecting neurological surgery.

St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellowship Grant to Fund Ependymoma Research

Medical student Scott Connors

The grant allows medical student Scott Connors to continue his investigations into recurrent pediatric ependymoma.

Grant From Alex’s Lemonade Stand Funds Research on Drug Distribution in CED for DIPG

Melinda Wang

Medical student Melinda Wang will be working under the guidance of Dr. Mark Souweidane

Transatlantic Partnership Awarded $200,000 for Epilepsy Reseach

Dr. Theodore Schwartz with research team in his New York epilepsy laboratory

Dr. Theodore Schwartz and five colleagues in the U.K. at the University of Sheffield and the University of Reading have been awarded a $200,000 grant for their work investigating how epileptic seizures propagate.

Rudin Foundation Gift Creates Medical Student Fellowship

Dr. Mark Souweidane

The Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center has announced a new medical student fellowship, starting in July 2015. The fellowship, made possible by a generous grant from the Rudin Foundation, will allow  one medical student per year to join the Children's Brain Tumor Project as a way to explore a research career in pediatric neuro-oncology. Dr. Mark M. Souweidane, Professor and Vice Chairman of the Weill Cornell Department of Neurosurgery and co-director of the Children's Brain Tumor Project, will be the fellowship director for this position.

Dr. Knopman Named Leonard and Fleur Harlan Clinical Scholar

Dr. Jared Knopman

The award was established in 2007 from a $1 million gift made by the Harlans to support an outstanding junior faculty member in the field of neurological surgery.

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