World Brain Mapping Foundation

World Brain Mapping Foundation

Advancing Trailblazing Approaches to Cure Neurological Disorders

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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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Bob Woodruff

2009 Award Recipient
ABC News Anchorman and Founder of Remind Foundation, USA

Dustin Hoffman

2008 Award Recipient
Two time academy award winner – Rain Man and Autism

Behnam Badie

2007 Award Recipient
City of Hope Vice Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery Chief, Division of Neurosurgery Director, Brain Tumor Program, Neurosurgeon

Deepak Chopra

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

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Geoffrey Ling

2012 Award Recipient
Program Manager, DSO, DARPA, Arlington, VA Colonel, Medical Corps, U.S. Army, Chair of Department of Neurology, USUHS, Baltimore, MD

Henry Marsh

St.George's Hospital, London, UK, 2011 Award Recipient

Rocco Armonda

2011 Award Recipient
Neurosurgery Consortium at National Naval MEDCEN and Walter Reed Army MEDCEN

Kateryna Potapova

2023 Award Recipient Clinical Research Associate | Research Fellow (2021-2023)
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Pioneer in Technology Development Award

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William A. Hawkins

Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, 2009 Award Recipient

Mark L. Vachon

GE Healthcare, 2008 Award Recipient

Steve Rusckowski

Philips Healthcare, 2007 Award Recipient

Carl O’Connell

CEO of Carl Zeiss Inc., 2006 Award Recipient
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Pioneer in Medicine Award

Rafat Ansari

2013 Award Recipient
Human Research Program NASA/ GRC

Wieslaw L. Nowinski

2013 Award Recipient
Principal Scientist, Lab Director, Biomedical Imaging Lab Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore

Andres Lozano

2012 Award Recipient
Senior Scientist, Division of Brain Imaging & Behaviour Systems – Neuroscience Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI)

Antonio DeSalles

2012 Award Recipient
Professor of Neurosurgery, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine

Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Former Governor of California, 2008 Award Recipient

Nancy Pelosi

2007 Award Recipient
Former Speaker and Current Minority Leader of the House of Representatives

Edward Kennedy

Former United States Senator, 2007 Award Recipient

Barbara Boxer

Former United States Senator, 2005 Award Recipient
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Golden Axon leadership Award

David Baron, DO, MSEd

2024 GFC Gold Axon Leadership Award WBMF
David Baron, DO, MSEd, is Senior Vice President and Provost of the Western University of Health Sciences and serves as Chief Academic Officer of the university. He is responsible for academic, accreditation, and budgetary affairs.

Kenneth P. Green

Military Medicine and Veteran's Health Subcommittee SBMT 2023-2024 | GPS Project Lead (2023) - Archived
Kenneth P. Green, D.M.D., B.S.

Harry Kloor

2019 Golden Axon Award Recipient
Dr. Harry Kloor is a successful serial entrepreneur, scientist, technologist, educator, policy advisor, author, and Hollywood filmmaker. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Beyond Imagination; a company that has developed a suite of exponential technology solutions that deploys AI, AR, Robotics, Machine Learning and human-computer interaction technology to enhance and revolutionize the world’s workforce.

George Perry, PhD

2024 GFC Gold Axon Leadership Award WBMF
Professor of biology and chemistry at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the former dean of the College of Sciences. Editor-in-Chief of the Journal in Alzheimer’s Disease Co-Chair of SBMT Alzheimer’s Subcommittee.

Young Investigator Award

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Student Service and Leadership Award

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Shahram Hadidchi

MD| 2018-2019 SBMT Research Fellow, 2020 Award Recipient

Ashkan Javadzadeh

MD, MBA| 2019 Award Recipient | Research Fellow 2018-2019

Ali Marjaninejad

Provost Fellow and Research Enhancement Fellow, 2019 Award Recipient | Research Fellow 2017-2018

Matthew Zusman

2019 Award Recipient | Research Fellow 2017-2018
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Robin Sidhu Memorial Young Scientist Award

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