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UH Neurological Institute Research Day Scheduled for April 3-4

Monday, January 16, 2012

The 2012 University Hospitals Neurological Institute Neuroscience Research Days are scheduled for April 3-4 at the Case Western Reserve University Wolstein Lobby and Auditorium and will feature a Director from the National Institutes of Health.

Story Landis, PhD, the Director of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, will serve as the Garson lecturer and speak inside the Wolstein Auditorium from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. April 4.

Poster displays and a reception will take place the evening of April 3.  A continental breakfast with additional time to review the posters will be available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. April 4.  Resident and fellow presentations will follow Dr. Landis' presentation. The day will conclude at approximately 1 p.m. with the awards ceremony.

Dr. Landis has served as Director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) since 2003. A native of New England, Dr. Landis received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College (1967) and her Ph.D. from Harvard University (1973). After postdoctoral work at Harvard University, she served on the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology there. In 1985, she joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she created the Department of Neurosciences which, under her leadership, achieved an international reputation for excellence. Throughout her research career, Dr. Landis has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of nervous system development. She has garnered many honors, is an elected fellow of the Institute of Medicine, the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Neurological Association, and in 2002 was elected President of the Society for Neuroscience.

Dr. Landis joined the NINDS in 1995 as Scientific Director and worked to re-engineer the Institute's intramural research programs. Between 1999 and 2000, she led the movement, together with the NIMH Scientific Director, to bring a sense of unity and common purpose to 200 neuroscience laboratories from eleven different NIH Institutes. As NINDS Director, Dr. Landis oversees an annual budget of $1.5 billion that supports research by investigators in public and private institutions across the country, as well as by scientists working in its intramural program. Together with NIMH and NIA directors, she co-chairs the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, a roadmap-like effort to support trans-NIH activities in the brain sciences. In 2007, Dr. Landis was named Chair of the NIH Stem Cell Task Force.

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