World Brain Mapping Foundation

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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Humanitarian Award

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Giuseppe Umana

Chair of Cerebrovascular advances Subcommittee 2023-2024 | 2023 Award Recipient
Highly rated in 15 conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Meningioma, Epidural Hematoma, Subdural Hematoma, Laminectomy, and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.
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Pioneer in Technology Development Award

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Pioneer in Medicine Award

Antonio DeSalles

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

George Paxinos

2012 Award Recipient
Professor of Neuroscience, UNSW, Australia

Patrick Soon Shiong

2011 Award Recipient
Chairman and CEO of Healthcare Transformation Institute

Jonathan Wolpaw

2010 Award Recipient
NY State Department of Health and State University of NY

Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award

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Golden Axon leadership Award

Reinhard Schulte

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, CA, USA, WBMF Golden Axon Award Recipeint 2021 | NeuroOncology Subcommittee SBMT 2023-2024
Dr. Reinhard Schulte has more than 18 years of experience in proton radiation therapy and proton radiosurgery.

Kasif Nevzat Tarhan

WBMF Golden Axon Award, 2019 | Professor of Psychiatry, President/Rector, Üskudar University, Istanbul, Turkey
Nevzat Tarhan was born in Merzifon/Turkey in 1952. He finished Kuleli Military High School in 1969 and graduated from Cerrahpaşa Medical School Ístanbul University in 1975.

Mike Y. Chen

9th President of SBMT, WBMF Golden Axon Award, 2012
Vice President of World Brain Mapping Foundation, Vice President of Government and Strategic Alliance WBMF and SBMT, CA, USA

Michael J. Roy

7th & 10th President of SBMT, WBMF Golden Axon Award, 2017 | Military Medicine and Veteran's Health Subcommittee SBMT 2023-2024
(Ret.) Colonel, Medical Corps, U.S. Army Director and Professor, Division of Military Internal Medicine University of the Health Sciences, MD, USA

Young Investigator Award

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Student Service and Leadership Award

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Joseph Yetto

USUHS, 2010 Award Recipient | Research Fellow 2017-2018

Josh Neman-Ebrahim

UCLA Student Chapter, 2009 Award Recipient | Research Fellow 2017-2018

Amir Goodarzi

UCLA Student Chapter, 2007 Award Recipient | Research Fellow 2017- 2018
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Robin Sidhu Memorial Young Scientist Award

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