Dr. Clarence Braddock III, vice dean for education and chief medical education officer at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was named chair of the board of directors for the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Five early-career researchers from the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA received 2015 Friends Scholars Awards. The recipients are Dr. Eliza Congdon, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Dr. Michelle Rozenman, clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Dr. Nanthia Suthana (PhD ’09), assistant professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and neurosurgery; Dr. April Thames, assistant professor-in-residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; and Dr. Yvonne Yang, fellow with the VA Mental Illness Research and Clinical Center and a co-investigator with UCLA faculty on the neurobiology of psychosis. Dr. Gabriel M. Danovitch, medical director of the UCLA Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program, received the 2015 Sherman Mellinkoff Faculty Award, the highest honor bestowed by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Sally Frautschy, professor-in-residence in the Department of Neurology, received a $300,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association to fund her work on brain inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Alan Garfinkel, professor of medicine and physiological science, was selected to receive the UCLA Academic Senate’s 2014-15 Distinguished Teaching Award.
Four UCLA researchers received a total of $2.5 million in Distinguished Investigator Awards from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to support their work to grow mature human brain cells in the laboratory. The researchers are Dr. Daniel Geschwind, Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in human genetics; Dr. Steve Horvath, professor of human genetics and biostatistics; Dr. William Lowry, associate professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology; and Dr. Kathrin Plath, professor of biological chemistry. Drs. Geschwind, Lowry and Plath are members of the UCLA Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research.
Dr. Leonid Kruglyak, professor of human genetics and biological chemistry, received the 2015 Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics. Dr. Kelsey C. Martin, a senior administrator and professor of biological chemistry and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, was named interim dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Karin Nielsen, professor of pediatric infectious diseases and director of the UCLA Center for Brazilian Studies, received the 2014 Brazilian Diaspora Award, which recognizes Brazilian professionals living abroad and invites their input into Brazilian public policy in their areas of expertise.
Dr. Raphael Rose, associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and associate director of UCLA’s Anxiety and Depression Research Center, was awarded a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for research to support the health of astronauts on deep-space missions.
Dr. Sunil Sheth, fellow in radiological sciences, received the $154,000 Lawrence M. Brass, MD, Stroke Research Award from the American Brain Foundation and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to advance research on a lab test he invented to diagnose stroke from a single drop of blood.