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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Travis Roy

2017 Award Recipient
Founder, Travis Roy Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Grants & Research

William Kyle Carpenter

Corporal USMC (Ret), Medal of Honor Recipient, 2016 Award Recipient
MIAMI, April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT), the leading multi-specialty association for Brain Mapping, is holding its 13th Annual World Congress for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics in Miami, FL 8-10 April 2016 in partnership with Florida International University (FIU), the Brain Mapping Foundation, Children’s Hospital Miami, Uskudar University Turkey, the Institute for Nerve Medicine, and the California Neurosurgical Institute. Other strategic partners include National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the US Army’s Office of the Surgeon General, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), the Department of State, Department of Energy, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Department of Defense (DoD) and industry leaders: X2 BioSystems Inc., Surgical Theater, Medtronic, Stryker, EIZO , Haag-Streit USA, Time Medical, Nordic NeuroLab and Compumatics.

Stephen Hawking

2015 Award Recipient
Theoretical Physicist, Director of Research Centre for Theoretical Cosmology

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Brain Tumor Survivor, Singer/Songwriter, 2013 Award Recipient
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Humanitarian Award

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Eva Hsieh

Philanthropist, 2021 Award Recipient
For as long as Eva can remember, she has always had a strong appreciation in the beauty she sees around her. From flowers to insect, antique furniture to architecture, almost everything she encounters, she finds the beauty in it and turns it into inspirations. Unsurprisingly, she became a fashion designer, as well as a floral arrangement enthusiast. Eva started her own intimate women’s apparel brand, Eve’s Temptation, in China in 2001, rapidly expanded into Chinese shopping malls, growing the company into hundreds of stores nationally. As the founder and head designer, her goal is to create apparels that help women of all ages to feel more confident, attractive, inclusive, and at their best from the inside out.

Kenneth Fisher

2020 Award Recipient
Business Leader and Philanthropist

Deepak Chopra

2019 Award Recipient
Founding Chairman and President of Chopra Foundation and Chopra Institute

C. L. Max Nikias

2018 Award Recipient
C. L. Max Nikias is the eleventh president of the University of Southern California. He holds the Robert C. Packard President’s Chair
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Pioneer in Technology Development Award

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Chang Yi Wang

2018 Award Recipient
Chang Yi Wang, Co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer and a member of the Board of Directors United Neuroscience

Afsaneh Rabiei

2017 Award Recipient
Professor Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University

Chenzhong Li

2016 Award Recipient
Director of the Nanobioengineering / Bioelectronics Lab, Professor Biomedical Engineering, FIU

X2 Biosystems

2016 Award Recipient
Leader in wearable impact monitoring devices and neurocognitive assessment tools
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Pioneer in Medicine Award

John Adler

2017 Award Recipient
The Dorothy and Thye King Chan Professor in Neurosurgery, Emeritus, Stanford University

Bennet Omalu

2016 Award Recipient
Chief Medical Examiner of San Joaquin County, California; Professor in the UC Davis Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Skip Rizzo

2015 Award Recipient
Director for Medical Virtual Reality Institute for Creative Technologies

Pantaleo Romanelli

2015 Award Recipient
Neurological Surgery, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award

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Chaka Fattah

Former Congressman, 2014 Award Recipient

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

2013 Award Recipient
U.S. Representative for Washington’s 5th Congressional District

Earl Blumenauer

2013 Award Recipient
U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District

James Moran

2013 Award Recipient
U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District
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Golden Axon leadership Award

Tim Kring

Screenwriter, Television Producer, 2015 Award Recipient

Michael Fehlings

Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, 2012 Award Recipient

Cheryl Rogers

Trade Commissioner, Life Sciences & Medical Devices, Consulate of Canada, 2012 Award Recipient

Ross Joel

(CEO/Co-founder) ORLive, 2010 Award Recipient

Young Investigator Award

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Michael E Wolf

President, NeuroCite LLC, 2015 Award Recipient

Reza Tadayon-Nejad

2015 Award Recipient
Psychiatry Resident (Neuroscience Research Track), Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago

Vicky Yamamoto

20th President of SBMT (2022-2023), WBMF Golden Axon Award, 2016 | WBMF Young Investigator Award, 2009 | NeuroOncology Subcommittee SBMT 2023-2024 | Neuroscience20 Organizing Committee
Cancer Scientist, USC-Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, USC-Keck School of Medicine, CA, USA | Executive Director of SBMT | Member of the Executive Board of the World Brain Mapping Foundation
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Student Service and Leadership Award

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Melody Sadri

SBMT Intern, 2022 Award Recipient

Nikita Chintam

M.D. 2022 Award Recipient | M.D. | Research Fellow (2021-2022)

Kevin Morris

MBBS.| Research Fellow, Senior Research Scientist, Academic Affairs Director | 2021 Student Service and Leadership Award Recipient | Neuroscience20 Global Leadership Award | 2024 Golden Axon Leadership Award
Dr. Kevin N. Morris, MBBS, has consistently demonstrated a passion for pursuing excellence in academics or extra-curricular activities throughout his journey. He earned the ‘Best Student Award’ multiple times during schooling and became the first medical doctor in his family. During his medical school training in India, he developed a strong interest in research, especially neurosciences and medical oncology. He earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, India.

Marco Amaya

MD/MPH, Research and Global Policy Fellow, 2021 Award Recipient
Marco T. Amaya, Jr., MD/MPH, Research and Global Policy Fellow with SBMT, Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics.
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Robin Sidhu Memorial Young Scientist Award

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