Medical center people

John Boothroyd

Agnieszka Czechowicz

Sudeb Dalai

Elsie Gyang

Paul Nuyujukian

Alan Schatzberg

Pak Chan, PhD, the James R. Doty Professor in Neurosurgery and Neurosciences, is the recipient of the Thomas Willis Award, the American Stroke Association's highest honor. The award recognizes major contributions to the understanding of stroke. Chan is best known for pioneering research in stroke and central nervous system injury. He is the first investigator to use transgenic animals—animals containing genes from another species—to study oxidative mechanisms in neuronal death and survival. The award was presented at the 2008 International Stroke Conference on Feb. 20.

John Boothroyd, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, has been awarded the Giessen Rudolph Leuckart Medal, the most prestigious honor presented by the German Society for Parasitology. Boothroyd's research focuses on protozoan parasites and their interaction with human hosts. His laboratory's work has led to the development of several new methods for the diagnosis and treatment of parasitic disease.

Fifth-year medical student Cheri Blauwet won the 2008 Los Angeles Marathon, finishing the race in 1:53:35. She first competed in the women's wheelchair division in 2003, and nabbed the top spot three years in a row. After graduating from medical school this May, Blauwet plans to compete in the Paralympics in Beijing. In 2004, she won a gold and two bronze medals in Athens.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship announced 30 new fellows for 2008. Four Stanford students have been awarded the prestigious fellowships that were created to support new Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—pursuing graduate study to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Agnieszka Czechowicz, a second-year med student, aspires to be a scientist focusing on biomedical research with direct clinical applications. She is first author of a paper published in the November 2007 issue of Science that shows a possible way to eliminate the toxicity of bone marrow transplantation. Sudeb Dalai is completing his MSc and will begin a PhD in a joint MD/PhD program. He hopes to complete a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in infectious disease, ultimately focusing on maternal and infant mortality in the developing world. Elsie Gyang, who is currently using her medical scholars grant to investigate the incidence of silent stroke in children with sickle cell disease, plans on becoming a pediatrician while also developing research projects that would address issues of mental health care for patients with chronic medical disease. Paul Nuyujukian is a second-year medical student in an MD/PHD program who expects to begin his PhD in bioengineering. His work has been in the area of neuroengineering.

Marion Buckwalter, MD, PhD, has been appointed assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences, and, by courtesy, of neurosurgery, as of Feb. 1. Her lab studies how inflammatory responses after brain injury affect neurological recovery.

Allison Kurian, MD, has been appointed assistant professor of medicine (oncology) and of health research and policy, as of Feb. 1. Her research focuses on identification of groups at elevated risk for breast and ovarian cancer, and development and evaluation of techniques for early cancer detection and risk reduction.

Lewis Shin, MD, has been appointed assistant professor of radiology at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, as of Feb. 1. His research interests include real-time MRI airway imaging and body imaging, specifically diffusion-weighted imaging and virtual colonoscopy with CT and MR.

Hanlee Ji, MD, has been appointed assistant professor of medicine (oncology), as of March 1. His research is focused on the genomic analysis of cancer.

Alan Schatzberg, MD, the Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been named president-elect of the American Psychological Association. He will serve as president-elect for one year and then take the post of president in mid-2009. Founded in 1892, the APA is the world's oldest and largest organization of psychologists. Schatzberg's research focuses

on the biological bases and the pharmacologic treatment of depressive disorders.