2010 Awards

MANDALAKAS SELECTED AS 2010 SENIOR FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR
Joining the ranks of the prestigious Fulbright Scholars is Anna Maria Mandalakas, MD, MSEpi, associate professor of pediatrics, global health and epidemiology & biostatistics. Dr. Mandalakas will depart in August and spend 11 months in Tygerberg, South Africa in collaboration with Stellenbosch University to study the benefits of Isoniazid preventative therapy (IPT) on children infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Her work will aid in filling the gap between research and practice in the field of childhood tuberculosis focusing specifically on preventive therapy. As a distinguished Senior Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Mandalakas will analyze the social and economic barriers to the practical implementation of Isoniazid preventive therapy. In conjunction with that research, Dr. Mandalakas will participate in the education of medical students, research staff, and physicians while hosting a seminar series on designing clinical research.


NEDOROST SELECTED AS A FELLOW FOR THE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP IN ACADEMIC MEDICINE PROGRAM FOR WOMEN
Susan Nedorost, MD, assistant professor of dermatology, was selected for the 2010-2011 class of Fellows for the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. Dr. Nedorost is one of 54 senior faculty members chosen for ELAM, the only national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers. She joins a diverse group of leaders which represents more than 50 medical, dental, and public health schools from across the United States and Canada.


DR. MOHAN DURVE RECEIVES 2010 BEST OF CLEVELAND AWARD BY THE US COMMERCE ASSOCIATION
Mohan Durve, MD, assistant clinical professor and staff at Parma Community General Hospital, has been selected for the 2010 Best of Cleveland Award in the Physicians & Surgeons category by the US Commerce Association. Each year the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community by enhancing the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.


DR. GEORGE STARK RECEIVES ASBMB 2011 HERBERT TABOR/JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY LECTURESHIP The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) announced that George R. Stark, PhD, the Distinguished Scientist of the Cleveland Clinic in its Lerner Research Institute and emeritus professor of genetics at Case Western Reserve University, is the recipient of the Society’s 2011 Herbert Tabor/Journal of Biological Chemistry Lectureship. This Lectureship recognizes outstanding lifetime scientific achievements and was established to honor the many contributions of Dr. Herbert Tabor to both the Society and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, where he has served as editor for nearly 40 years. Dr. Stark presented his award lecture at ASBMB’s annual meeting’s opening session in Washington, DC.


DR. STEPHEN M. MARICICH RECEIVES THE CHILD NEUROLOGY SOCIETY YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD
Stephen M. Maricich, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, neurosciences and otolaryngology, and pediatric neurologist received the Child Neurology Society (CNS) Young Investigator Award. The CNS Young Investigator Award and lecture, first presented in 1983, is primarily intended to recognize research excellence in an individual just beginning an academic career and provides them $20,000 of seed funding; it also serves to identify some of the same qualities of mentorship and leadership that make this award truly worthy of being renamed in honor of Dr. Philip R. Dodge, whom the award was first awarded. Dr. Maricich will present his research—“Developmental interdependence of auditory neuron populations”—in October at the 2010 annual CNS meeting.


PEARLMAN RECEIVES ALCON RESEARCH INSTITUTE DISTINCTION
Eric Pearlman, PhD, professor and research director in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, joins a prestigious group of scholars with his receipt of a lifetime appointment to the Alcon Research Institute. One of only six awardees inducted this year; Dr. Pearlman plans to use the award funds to develop a new area of research in microbial infections of the eye. Past recipients of the Alcon Research Institute award include Krzysztof Palczewski, PhD, chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Joe Hollyfield, PhD, Case Western Reserve faculty at the Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic.


SMITH RECEIVES TWO PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS
Mark A. Smith, PhD, professor of pathology was recently recognized with two prestigious awards. The first is the 2011 American Society for Investigative Pathology Outstanding Investigator Award, which recognizes mid-career investigators with demonstrated excellence in research in experimental pathology. The second is the 2011 Goudie Lecture and Medal, which is presented to a distinguished active scientist who is making seminal contributions to pathological science and the understanding of disease mechanisms.


PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA HONORS BALLOCK
Robert Tracy Ballock, MD, professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve and pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic, received the Arthur H. Huene Memorial Award from Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. The award, supplemented by a grant, is bestowed upon those with a research project of high quality and potential impact in the field of pediatric orthopaedics.


TWO FACULTY MEMBERS ELECTED FELLOWS OF THE INFECTIOUS DISEASE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) has elected two Case Western Reserve School of Medicine faculty members into the class of 2010 fellows: Carlos Subauste, MD, associate professor of medicine and attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UH Case Medical Center, and Benigno Rodriguez, MD, assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases and clinical director of the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Center for AIDS Research. Fellowship in the IDSA honors individuals who have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession. Fellows are recognized by their peers as leaders in the field of infectious diseases in their communities, in their hospitals, and across the country.


DIMARCO RECEIVES THE APPLE AWARD
The American Spinal Injury Association has awarded the 2010 Apple Award of excellence for publishing in spinal cord injury rehabilitation literature to Anthony F. DiMarco, MD, professor of physiology & biophysics and research scientist at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. DiMarco is the lead author on a pair of articles, which appeared in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


MT. SINAI HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION HONORS LEDERMAN
Michael Lederman, MD, Scott R. Inkley Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve, infectious disease specialist at UH Case Medical Center, principal investigator, Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, and associate director of the Case Western Reserve /University Hospitals Center for AIDS Research, received the 2010 Maurice Saltzman Award from the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation. The esteemed award is presented to a Greater Cleveland person or persons who shall have during the recent past, projected and achieved some piece of work of signal value or merit or of national or international importance to the health interests of our community. Dr. Lederman received the award for his many renowned endeavors in HIV/AIDS research.


NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION AWARDS SEDOR
John R. Sedor, MD, professor of medicine and physiology and biophysics at the School of Medicine and nephrologist at MetroHealth Medical Center, is the 2010 recipient of the National Kidney Foundation’s David M. Hume Award. The award was created in memory of one of the foundation’s most distinguished members. The Hume Award is the highest honor given to a distinguished scientist-clinician in the field of kidney and urologic diseases. It is bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies the high ideals of scholarship and humanitarianism in an outstanding manner.


BOEHM ONE OF FOUR TO RECEIVE ASPH/CDC/PRC MINORITY HEALTH FELLOWSHIP
Doctoral student, Melinda Laroco Boehm, MA, was chosen as one of four individuals to receive the 2010 Association of Schools of Public Health/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Prevention Research Centers Minority Health Fellowship. The program is intended to enhance the preparation of future public health professionals from ethnic and racial minorities by providing unique training opportunities in prevention research. Boehm is studying to obtain her PhD in medical sociology at Case Western Reserve and is completing her fellowship within the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University as part of the center’s core project, Increasing Healthy Food Access in Urban Neighborhoods.


LAVIK RECEIVES NIH DIRECTOR’S NEW INNOVATOR AWARD
Erin Lavik, PhD, associate professor of biomedical engineering has received the prestigious NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. With the $2.3 million award, she will further develop and broaden the uses of synthetic platelets and the technology that makes them work. She uses nanotechnology to build platelets of biodegradable polymers, which link with natural platelets to stem bleeding faster. Dr. Lavik and fellow researchers initially pursued the technology after seeing the damage and death tolls among soldiers who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq. The award is designed specifically to support unusually creative new investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career.


TESAR NAMED A NEW YORK STEM CELL FOUNDATION ROBERTSON INVESTIGATOR
Paul Tesar, PhD, assistant professor of genetics and director of the Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility, has been named a Robertson Investigator by the New York Stem Cell Foundation. The funding provides $1.5 million of support over five years for his lab’s work on the directed differentiation of stem cells into oligodendrocytes to study diseases such as multiple sclerosis. One of four awardees, the investigator program recognizes and supports scientists leading their generation in stem cell research.


FRESE HONORED AT VOICE AWARDS
Frederick J. Frese, III, PhD, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, joined an elite group honored at the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Voice Awards Ceremony. The Voice Awards honor writers and producers who have given a voice to people with behavioral health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into film and television productions. Dr. Frese was bestowed a Consumer Leadership Award honoring his work to promote community acceptance and support to facilitate recovery for people with mental illness.


AMIA NAMES ZHANG’S WORK “BEST PAPER” AT 2010 ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
While attending the American Medical Informatics Association’s 2010 Annual Symposium in Washington, DC, Guo-Qiang “GQ” Zhang, PhD professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Center for Clinical Investigation in the Division of General Medical Sciences, and the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics was named the winner of the symposium’s “Best Paper” award for his work titled “Large-scale, Exhaustive Lattice-based Structural Auditing of SNOMED CT.” Dr. Zhang serves as the division chief of medical informatics for the Center for Clinical Investigation; co-director of the CTSC’s Biomedical Research Information Management Core, and the associate director for cancer informatics, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.


DRUMM RECOGNIZED AS A NATIONAL LEADER IN CYSTIC FIBROSIS RESEARCH
Mitchell Drumm, PhD, professor of pediatrics and genetics and interim vice chair for research, pediatrics, was bestowed one of the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation’s highest distinctions – the Paul di Sant’Agneses Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award. A 26 year veteran of the CF community, Dr. Drumm was recognized for his participation in the identification of the CF gene; his efforts to create and distribute informative mouse models of the disease; and lastly his leadership in the worldwide consortium of investigators seeking genes other than the CF gene that influence the disease phenotype. The Paul di Sant'Agnese Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award is a prestigious award given to scientists and clinicians who have made seminal contributions to CF research arena, including the three co-discoverers of the CF gene in 1989.


HANSON RECEIVED SENIOR SCHOLAR AWARD IN AGING
The Ellison Medical Foundation has awarded Richard W. Hanson, PhD, the Leonard and Jean Skeggs Professor of Biochemistry, a Senior Scholar Award in Aging for his project titled “The Role of Energy Metabolism in the Prolonged Lifespan of PEPCK-Cmus Mouse.” The award is intended to provide significant support to established investigators in order to allow the development of new, creative research programs by investigators who may not currently be conducting aging research or who may wish to develop new research programs in aging.

Dr. Hanson is a Distinguished University Professor and internationally recognized for his work on PEPCK. The Senior Scholar Award will support his work focused on energy metabolism and lifespan. This project incorporates a unique mouse model to understand the effect of physical activity on the aging process. The animals in Dr. Hanson’s study have largely disproved the currently accepted dogma that limiting caloric intake extends lifespan since the PEPCK-Cmus mouse eat twice as much as their controls and live 30 percent longer. The study will provide critical insights into the interplay of energy metabolism and aging.

DIABETES ASSOCIATION OF GREATER CLEVELAND HONORS PHYSICIANS FOR THEIR EXEMPLARY SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP
Patrick Catalano, MD, professor of reproductive biology and chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the MetroHealth Medical Center, received the 2010 Honorary Director of the Year Award given by the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland. The award given by the association’s Board Leadership Development Committee honors a retiring or retired member of the Board for their exemplary service.

Karen R. Horowitz, MD FACP, associate professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and an endocrinologist at UH Case Medical Center, received the association’s Board Leadership Development Award for her leadership and dedication in fundraising.


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE RECEIVES AWARD FROM AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS (ACEP)
Michael D. Smith, MD, FACEP, assistant professor of emergency medicine has been awarded the ACEP National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award. The award is given by the American College of Emergency Physicians in recognition of outstanding educators in emergency medicine. It is designed to support emergency medicine faculty in their efforts to achieve academic advancement, as well as support the continued academic development of the specialty. Dr. Smith was recognized for his didactic lectures and clinical teaching in both simulation and medical student education, in addition to his “unique talent for teaching emergency medicine residents and students, that art of emergency medicine.” Dr. Smith is co-director of Emergency Medical Simulation and Clerkship Director for Advanced Core in the Undifferentiated Patient at MetroHealth.

Posted by: Alma Martin, February 22, 2011 08:11 PM | News Topics: Awards

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