World Brain Mapping Foundation

World Brain Mapping Foundation

Advancing Trailblazing Approaches to Cure Neurological Disorders

Previous Honorees

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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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

Lee Stein-Wood

2015 Award Recipient
Pioneering founder of Inter-City Home Health Association
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Pioneer in Technology Development Award

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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

Brian M. Krzanich

Chief Executive Officer of Intel, 2015 Award Recipient
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Pioneer in Medicine Award

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

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

Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award

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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

Kirsty Duncan

2012 Award Recipient
Member of Canadian Parliament; Etobicoke, Canada
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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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Kevin Morris

M.D. | | Research Scientist, 2021 Award Recipient | Neuroscience20 Organizing Secretary, India
As a Graduate Research Fellow in 2020 and received the Student Service and Leadership Award for 2020-2021 through hard work and dedication aided by proper mentorship. After that, he was promoted to a Graduate Research Scientist and has excelled in mentoring new fellows and interns since then.

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.

John Fiallos

2021 Award Recipient, MD | Research Fellow (2019-2022)
John Fiallos Dr. John Fiallos is a native of Ecuador, where he earned his medical degree from the Guayaquil University.

Joe F. Bolanos

MD | Chief Operations Officer | Research Scientist, 2021 Student Service and Leadership Award Recipient | Neuroscience20 Organizing Secretary
A Passion for Innovation in Healthcare Dr. Joe F. Bolanos, MD, embodies a compelling fusion of medical expertise and technological acumen. With an unwavering interest in harnessing innovation to improve healthcare efficiency, Dr. Bolanos has carved a distinguished path throughout his career.
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Robin Sidhu Memorial Young Scientist Award

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