4th Annual Congress Highlights
Pioneer in Health Care Policy Award
Honorable Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy. Ted Kennedy is a staunch advocate of liberal principles, and is one of the most influential and enduring icons of his party. He is known for being a skillful backroom negotiator who occasionally works with Republican legislators and presidents to reach an acceptable compromise. Kennedy was a major player in the bipartisan team that wrote the controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which, according to both Kennedy and President Bush, was a compromise. He then worked to get it passed in a Republican controlled Congress, despite the opposition of members from both parties. In April 2006, Kennedy was selected by Time as one of "America's 10 Best Senators"; the magazine noted that he had "amassed a titanic record of legislation affecting the lives of virtually every man, woman and child in the country" and that "by the late 1990s, the liberal icon had become such a prodigious cross-aisle dealer that Republican leaders began pressuring party colleagues not to sponsor bills with him". As of 2006, Kennedy is the second-longest serving current senator, only behind Robert Byrd. Kennedy won an eighth full term (and ninth overall term) in 2006. If he serves out his full six-year term, he will have served in the U.S. Senate for fifty years. Currently, Senator Kennedy is the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. As chairman, he raised the minimum wage by $2.10 to $7.25 on February 1, 2007. The bill also included some controversial tax cuts for small businesses and higher taxes for many $1 million-plus executives. Kennedy was quoted as saying, "Passing this wage hike represents a small, but necessary step to help lift America's working poor out of the ditches of poverty and onto the road toward economic prosperity." IBMISPS awarded the honorable for his contribution to the stem cell bill in 2007.
Dr. Patel accepted the award on behalf of the honorable
senator kennedy from the IBMISPS board members.
Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award
Honorable Madame Speaker of the House Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi is currently the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Before becoming Speaker in the 110th Congress, she was the House Minority Leader from 2002 to 2007, holding the post during the 107th, 108th, and 109th Congresses. Since 1987, she has represented the 8th Congressional District of California, which consists of four-fifths of the City and County of San Francisco. The district was numbered as the 5th during Pelosi's first three terms in the House. With her election as Speaker she is the first woman, the first Californian and the first Italian-American to hold the Speakership. She is also the second Speaker from a state west of the Rocky Mountains. The first was Washington's Tom Foley, the last Democrat to hold the post before Pelosi. As Speaker of the House, Pelosi ranks second in the line of presidential succession, following Vice President Dick Cheney. She is hence the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Government, and no woman has ever been as close in line to the U.S. presidency. Speaker Pelosi has voted to increase Medicare and Medicaid benefits. She has been great supporter of the stem cell bill, which nominated her for the 2007 IBMISPS Pioneer in healthcare Policy award.
From left: Babak Kateb (Chairman of the Board of IBMISPS), Warren Grundfest (President Elect of IBMISPS), Wendell Primus (Policy advisor to the Honorable madam speaker Nancy Pelosi) , Shouleh Nikzad (chair of award committee), Jean Jeaques Lemaire (director of IBMISPS in Europe). Mr. Primus accepted the award on behalf of the honorable madam speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pioneer in Medicine Awards 2007
- Dr. frakowiack
- John mazziotta
- Arthur Toga
Dr. Frakowiack on the left and Dr. Shouleh Nikzad from NASA/JPL (chair of award and Science committee of IBMISPS) on the right
Vice-Provost for Special Projects, University College London Professor, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Institute of Neurology, University College London President, British Neuroscience Association
Dr. Richard Frackowiak is a pioneer in imaging neuroscience and one of the worlds leading academic neurologists.
His research over the years has been impressive to say the least, with huge numbers of high impact papers highlighting the power of functional imaging in normal and disease states. He has been pioneering in the use of such scanning in delineating how the human brain actually functions normally and what can go wrong in disease. He has enormous energy and enthusiasm and has been inspirational to many trainee neurologists wishing to pursue careers in neurological science.
Dr. Frackowiak has conducted many studies documenting the organization and dynamics of brain systems representing cognitive, motor and executive control behaviors in normal and in neurologically and psychologically impaired populations. Dr. Frackowiak and his group continue to break new ground in the field of brain plasticity, including current research that focuses on the recovery of the brain after injury, specifically in stroke victims. As Vice-Provost of Special Projects, he has been working to create and energize an extended British and French cooperative brain imaging research team, which is currently conducting studies directed toward developing and evaluating therapeutics in these patients.
Dr. Frackowiak is the recipient of the Ipsen, Zülch, and Wilhelm Feldberg prizes as well as IBMISPS Pioneer in Medicine Award. He holds an M.B. and a British research degree (M.D.) from Cambridge, and a D.Sc. from London University. He is currently President of the British Neuroscience Association.
Dr. Warren Grundfest (IBMISPS President 2006-2007), Dr. Arthur Toga (recipient of the 2007 IBMISPS pioneer award) and Babak kateb (Chairman of the board of Directors of IBMISPS foundation and Founding executive director of IBMISP society).
Arthur W. Toga, PhD
Arthur W. Toga, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Arthur's research is focused on neuroimaging, mapping brain structure and function, and brain atlasing. He also studies cerebral metabolism and neurovascular coupling. He was trained in neuroscience and computer science and has written more than 650 papers, chapters and abstracts, including eight books. Recruited to UCLA in 1987, he formed and directs the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging. This 100-member laboratory includes graduate students from computer science, biostatistics and neuroscience. It houses one of the largest computing facilities of any University of California research laboratory, and is funded by National Institutes of Health grants as well as industry partners. He is Director of the Training Program in Neuroimaging, Co-Director of the Division of Bruin Mapping and Editor-in-Chief of the journal NeuroImage. As Principal investigator and Director of LONI, Arthur has established a new research infrastructure, the Center for Computational Ecology. The Center provides a framework in which investigators from mathematical sciences, clinical research, and computational biology can openly communicate and exchange ideas for the purpose of developing new computational tools. Advances in the basic science area include introducing new non-linear algorithms for spatial normalization, feature extraction and data mining. Each of these algorithms is then implemented, tested and validated as software tools and applied in the field of computational neuroseience. The wide range of collaborative initiatives undertaken at the Laboratory of Neuro-Imaging (LONI) efficiently disseminates knowledge and tools to the community.
John Mazziotta, MD, PhD
Dr. John Mazziotta accepting the award from Babak kateb founder of the IBMISPS.
John Mazziotta, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Neurology, Radiological Sciences, and Medical and Molecular Pharmacology, at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; Chair, Department of Neurology; Director, UCLA Brain Mapping Center; Associate Director, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
Having received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in biochemistry from Columbia University in 1972, Dr. Mazziotta then obtained an M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroanatomy and computer science from Georgetown University in 1977. Following an internship at Georgetown, he completed neurology and nuclear medicine training at UCLA and joined the faculty there in 1983. A practicing clinical neurologist, Dr. Mazziotta directs the UCLA Brain Mapping Center, founded in 1993. Since beginning this work, Dr. Mazziotta has published over 207 research papers, seven texts and has received numerous awards and honors for these efforts including the Oldendorf Award of the American Society of Neuroimaging, the S. Weir Mitchell Award, the Wartenberg Prize of the American Academy of Neurology, the Von Hevesy Prize from the International Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the UCLA Medical Alumni Award.
Pioneer in Technology Award
Steve Rusckowaski, Executive VP and Chief Executive Officer Philips Medical Systems. On September 7, during a gala event at its annual meeting in Washington, DC, the International Society of Brain Mapping and Intraoperative Surgical Planning Society (IBMISPS) recognized Philips with the “Pioneer in Technology” award for its leading role in the development and commercialization of image guided procedures. The award, a beautiful glass sculpture, was accepted by Helen Routh, PhD, Vice President and General Manager for Philips Research, on behalf of Steve Rusckowski, CEO of Philips Medical Systems.
This recognition was largely based on Philips’ early development and long history of innovations in interactive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as interventional and intraoperative MRI. Philips was also recognized for its involvement in developing the “Operating Room of the Future,” suites that include multiple imaging systems to help physicians simplify diagnosis and improve patient care. Working closely with customers to drive innovation, Philips teamed with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to develop the XMR suite, combining MRI and cardio/vascular X-ray, and with Tokai University Japan to develop a MRXO suite, combining MRI, catheterization (cath) lab, computed tomography (CT) and operating room.
Dr. Routh accepting the award on behalf of the CEO of the Philips from Babak Kateb, founder of IBMISPS.
In her acceptance speech, Dr. Routh said: “Philips is very proud to accept this award from the International Brain Mapping and Intra-operative Surgical Planning Society. Organizations such as IBMISPS will be critical in guiding users and regulators through future developments in healthcare, including image guided therapy. We have been involved in image guided therapy for many years, with innovations in all of the imaging modalities aiding biopsy guidance, the development of intraoperative systems and the delivery of therapy. It is clear that the need for minimally invasive procedures will only increase, due to the constraints on the healthcare system and the advances in personalized medicine. We work directly on the campuses of our clinical and academic partners in North America and we have opened the Philips High Tech Campus in the Netherlands to our industry partners to further these efforts and drive innovation in patient care.”
IBMISPS Courage and Dedication Award 2007
Behnam Badie, M.D., Chair Neurosurgery City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, an expert in the field of surgical neuro-oncology, is the director of the Brain Tumor Program and the Department of Neurosurgery at the City of Hope National Medical Center. Dr. Badie has special interest in the treatment of skull base tumors, acoustic neuromas, pituitary tumors, meningiomas and other nervous system tumors. His clinical research is in the development of minimally invasive techniques for treatment of both benign and malignant brain tumor.
Dr. Badie earned his medical degree and completed an internship and residency at the University of California Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. Badie was an Associate Professor and vice-chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he also served as the director of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program.
Dr. Badie’s research interests focus on brain tumor immunology. More specifically, his research team is attempting to develop novel immunotherapy approaches for malignant brain tumors through the activation of microglia and macrophages. This research is currently funded through the American Cancer Society. Dr. Badie has published more than 130 book chapters, abstracts and articles in peer-reviewed journal. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Society of Neuro-oncology, and others.
The gala was attended by 200 highly respected scientists, neurosurgeons and government officials:
2007 Sponsors List
United States Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)
This symposium is held in collaborative partnership with the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), and is made possible by a contract administered through the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), at Fort Detric.
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