The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry kicked off the 2021-2022 academic year. At the opening Convocation Ceremony, a number of Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience members were honored for various achievements, including named professorships. Neuroscience Graduate Program students were also recognized for various achievements. Congratulations to all!
MEDICAL & GRADUATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Alexis Feidler, Graduate Alumni Fellowship
Lia Calcines Rodriguez, Irving L. Spar Fellowship
Catalina Guzman, Merritt & Marjorie Cleveland Fellowship
Julia Granato, J. Newell Stannard Graduate Student Scholarship
Keshov Sharma, Outstanding Student Mentor Award
Katherine Andersh, Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Equity and Inclusion
Rianne Stowell, PhD, Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Award
Human Structure and Function is an integrated course that teaches gross anatomy, histology, embryology, and physiology. This course is taught by neuroscience faculty in the Division of Neural and Anatomical Education. The following medical students received awards for excellence in the disciplines of this course. Congratulations to all!
Jonathan Snitzer, The Hrolfe and Dorothy Ziegler Prize for Excellence in Anatomy
Gil Smolyak, The Edward F. Adolph Medal in Physiology
Ben Fang, The Victor Meyer Emmel Prize in Histology
FACULTY TEACHING, MENTOR & DIVERSITY AWARDS
David Bearden, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Marvin J. Hoffman Faculty Mentoring Award
Nimish Mohile, MD, Professor of Neurology, Faculty Academic Mentoring Award
Sergiy Nadtochiy, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, The Manuel D. Goldman Prize for Excellence in First Year Teaching
Robert Stone, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Harry Segal Prize for Excellence in Third Year Teaching
Christopher Tarolli, MD, MSEd, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Jules Cohen Dean’s Teaching Fellow
Andrew Huang, MD, Department of Neurology, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Resident Teaching Awards
Benzi M. Kluger, MD, MS, Professor of Neurology, Medicine, and in the Center for Health and Technology
Julius, Helen, and Robert Fine Distinguished Professorship
This new professorship, established in 2019, was made possible by funds received from the estate of Mr. Robert A. Fine and supports a distinguished professorship in either the Department of Neurology or Neurosurgery. Dr. Kluger is a Professor of Neurology, of Medicine, and in the Center for Health and Technology, appointments he has held since joining the SMD faculty in 2020. Dr. Kluger’s research and clinical focus is the intersection of the fields of neurology and palliative care. On the clinical front, Dr. Kluger has been a pioneer in this space and developed the first comprehensive team-based neuropalliative care clinic in the US in 2013. On the research front, Dr. Kluger has led several studies establishing the importance of the palliative care approach in Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. He is the founding president of the International Neuropalliative Care Society.
David MacLean, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology
Paul Stark Professorship in Pharmacology
This professorship was established in 1994, and was made possible by the generous support of Paul Stark, a PhD graduate of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. MacLean is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology, a position he has held since joining the SMD faculty in 2017. He is also a member of the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience. Dr. MacLean’s research focuses on understanding how ligand-gated ion channels work, how the structure of these channels give rise to particular biophysical properties and how these biophysical properties serve physiological roles.