World Brain Mapping Foundation

World Brain Mapping Foundation

Advancing Trailblazing Approaches to Cure Neurological Disorders

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We are grateful to have leadership team filled with inspiring and dedicated members with a broad range of experience.

Gathering For Cure Awards

The Beacon Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and dedication for increasing awareness about neurological diseases, and for patients and their families who have exceeded expectations in fighting a neurological disorder with unprecedented courage. The Beacon Award identifies remarkable individuals who set the highest standards for increasing awareness of, and fighting, neurological diseases.

The Humanitarian Award is given to physicians and scientists who have contributed significantly to survival and quality of life of patients across the Globe.

The Pioneer in Technology Award is presented to the trail blazing companies and their CEOs/presidents who have facilitated the development of pioneering technologies through interdisciplinary approaches that have impacted diagnostics, treatment, and healthcare delivery in unprecedented ways.

The Pioneer in Medicine Award is presented to individuals who have significantly contributed to the scientific advancement in the fields of medicine and image guided therapy through a multidisciplinary approach. Their groundbreaking contributions have made development of state-of-the-art technology and scientific discovery a reality.

The Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award is presented to lawmakers who have demonstrated visionary and crossdisciplinary approaches to introducing laws that have contributed to the advancement of science, technology, education, and medicine. They have paved the way to better integration of such advancements in other fields, like medicine and neuroscience. These lawmakers champion better healthcare for all.

The Golden Axon Leadership Award is presented to individuals outside of the medical community who inspire with good will and an enthusiastic interest in science, technology and medicine. Named for the neuron cell fiber that carries outgoing messages to other target cells, the founding principle of the Axon Award is to recognize a highly regarded individual in the public sector who helps raise awareness and funding of WBMF and its mission in the community via fundraising event(s) and activities.

The WBMF Young Investigator’s Initiative is designed to recognize promising young scientists performing work in the brain sciences relevant to the World Brain Mapping Foundation. While this year’s awardees will not be receiving any financial incentives, this recognition will be a stepping stone for future recognition within and beyond the WBMF’s wide ranging collaborative partners.

The WBMF Student Service and Leadership Award is given to recognize excellence and commitment to dedicated fellows, interns, and students who have contributed to the advancement of medicine, specifically the neurosciences.

Late Robin Sidhu (1988 – 2015), a young ebullient science driven and information technology (IT) savvy person, died of an accident at an early age. His mission to accomplish in-depth understanding of human mind and health remained incomplete due to his early departure but his legacy will remain through supporting young innovative minds in science through this award.

Beacon of Courage and Dedication Award

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Harrison Ford

2021 Award Recipient
Ford is a private pilot of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, and owns an 800-acre (3.2 km2) ranch in Jackson, Wyoming, approximately half of which he has donated as a nature reserve.

Montel Williams

2020 Award Recipient
Montel Williams is American television personality, radio talk show host, and actor.

Bobak Kalhor

2019 Award Recipient
Bobak Kalhor is Writer,Director,Producer.Known For “A Dying King: The Shah of Iran”.

Jeremy Richman

2018 Award Recipient
Dr. Richman is a neuro-pharmacologist with more than 20 years of research and drug discovery experience.
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Humanitarian Award

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Oleksandra Kashyrina

2023 Award Recipient | Research Fellow (2021-2022)
Romodanov Neurosurgery Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine, SBMT Fellows, Members of Global Phsycians and Surgeons, SBMT Fellow, Member of Global Phsycians and Surgeons

General Mark Milley

2022 Award Recipient
General Mark A. Milley is the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council.

Sanjay Gupta

2021 Award Recipient
Sanjay Gupta is an American neurosurgeon, medical reporter, and writer. Sanjay Gupta (born October 23, 1969) is an American neurosurgeon, medical reporter, and writer. He serves as associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, associate professor of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, member of the National Academy of Medicine[1] and American Academy of Arts and Sciences[2] and is the chief medical correspondent for CNN.

Anthony Fauci

2021 Award Recipient
Anthony S. Fauci is an American physician-scientist and immunologist who serves as the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to the president. Anthony Stephen Fauci (/ˈfaʊtʃi/ FOW-chee; born December 24, 1940) is an American physician-scientist and immunologist who served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) from 1984 to 2022, and the chief medical advisor to the president from 2021 to 2022.[4]
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Pioneer in Technology Development Award

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Richard Tyc

2020 Award Recipient
Vice President of Technology and Advance Development, Monteris Medical

Jean Gaspard

2019 Award Recipient
Managing director – AFM-Telethon,Chief Operating Officer – Biotherapies Institute

Louis Reese

2018 Award Recipient
Louis Reese, Co-founder, Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of United Neuroscience

Mei Mei Hu

2018 Award Recipient
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of United Neuroscience
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Pioneer in Medicine Award

Daniel Perl

2019 Award Recipient
Dr. Daniel Perl named USU Faculty Department of Primary Appointment: Pathology

Howard J. Federoff

2018 Award Recipient
Dr. Howard Federoff named UCI vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of medicine

Jonathan Kipnis

2018 Award Recipient
Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience Director, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG), University of Virginia, School of Medicine

George Ojemann

2017 Award Recipient
Professor Emeritus, Neurologic Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine

Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award

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Ted Lieu

2018 Award Recipient
The U.S. Representative for California’s 33rd congressional district since 2015.

Jerry McNerney

2017 Award Recipient
Member U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 9th congressional district

Andy Harris

2016 Award Recipient
Member U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland’s 1st congressional district

Maxine Waters

2015 Award Recipient
Member U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 43rd congressional district
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Golden Axon leadership Award

John Klemack

WBMF Golden Axon Award Recipient, 2023
John Cádiz Klemack is a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for NBC4. He can be seen weekdays on the NBC4 News at 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Joining the news team in 2008, he is lauded for his versatility and breaking news journalism skills.

Marko Mijat

2020 Award Recipient

Bryan Aroz

SBMT Global Event Director, 2020 Award Recipient | Neuroscience20 Event Director

Sean Stone

Actor, Director and Producer, 2019 Award Recipient

Young Investigator Award

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Nasser Kashou

2017 Award Recipient
Assistant Professor, Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering, Wright State University

Rahul Dev Jayant

2016 Award Recipient
Assistant Professor, Center for Personalized Nanomedicine, Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology, Department of Immunology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM), Florida International University

Debraj Mukherjee

2016 Award Recipient
Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Benjamin Aribisala

2015 Award Recipient
Professor of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria; Honorary Fellow Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (CCBS), Neuroimaging Sciences, The University of Edinburgh
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Student Service and Leadership Award

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Nataliia Fedorchenko

SBMT Fellow, 2023 Award Recipient
Behind these three words in the CV of brain researcher Nataliia Fedorchenko lie war and flight, and the hope that she will be able to use her knowledge, which she is now contributing to the Human Brain Project at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, to help rebuild Ukraine.

James Okereke

2023 Award Recipient Clinical Research Associate | Research Fellow (2021-2022)

Lila Kendall

2023 Award Recipient | SBMT/WBMF Intern (2021-2023)

Mylena Asirian

SBMT Research Fellow, 2022 Award Recipient
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Robin Sidhu Memorial Young Scientist Award

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