Eleven scientists leading stroke research will be recognized for their exceptional professional achievements during the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2024. The meeting will be held in Phoenix, February. 7-9, and is a world premier meeting for researchers and clinicians dedicated to the science of stroke and brain health.
The distinguished group of awardees includes four groundbreaking scientists who have dedicated their careers to stroke research, and six scientists who will be recognized for their significant new research. Awards include the Ralph L. Sacco Outstanding Stroke Research Mentor Award, given to Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS, FAHA, a past president of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, who died in January 2023.
The 2024 honorees are:
- Bernadette Bowden-Albala, MPH, Dr. PH, University of California, Irvine, who is the Edgar J. Kenton will receive the III Lecture Award
- Steven Warach, MD, PhD, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin, who will receive the David G. Sherman Lecture Award.
- James F. Meschia, MD, FAHA, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, who will be honored with the William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke.
- Marc I. Chimowitz, MB, Ch.B., Medical University of South Carolina, who will receive the Ralph L. Sacco Outstanding Stroke Research Mentor Award.
- Louise D. McCullough, MD, PHD, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, who will be awarded the Thomas Willis Lecture Award.
- · Takuma Maeda, MD, Ph.D., Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, who will receive the Mordecai YT Globus New Investigator Award for a research abstract.
- Raed Joundi, MD, D.Phil., McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who will receive the Vascular Cognitive Impairment Award for research presented at the meeting.
- Oriana Sanchez, MD, University of Texas, Houston, who will receive this year’s Robert G. Sickert New Investigator Award in Stroke for a research abstract.
- · Mohamed Abdelsaid, RPH, Ph.D., Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, Georgia, who will receive the Stroke Basic Science Award for a research abstract.
- Shumei Man, MD, Ph.D., FAHA, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, will receive the Stroke Care in Emergency Medicine Award for research presented at the meeting.
- Susan Linder, PT, DPT, PhD, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, who will be awarded the Stroke Rehabilitation Award for Research Abstract.
Bernadette Bowden-Albala, MPH, Dr.PHwinner Edgar J. Kenton III Lecture Award, director and founding dean of the University of California, Irvine’s Program in Public Health and the Future School of Population and Public Health. With more than two decades of research experience, Boden-Albala is an internationally recognized expert in the social epidemiology of chronic diseases whose research has focused on social support for optimal health, defining structural and institutional barriers to optimal health, and eliminating health disparities through interventions. Her areas of expertise include community-based participatory research, health equity, stroke and cardiometabolic health disorders. He has led many large, multi-site studies using community-based participatory research methods in urban and rural communities in the United States and worldwide, as well as large community health assessment, evaluation, capacity building and workforce training projects. Edgar J. The Kenton III Lecture Award recognizes lifetime contributions to research, management, mentoring, and community service in the field of racial and ethnic stroke disparities or related disciplines. Boden-Abala in his Edgar J. Kenton III will present the lecture, “A Roadmap to Health Equity: Understanding the Importance of Community-Engaged Research,” 10:18 a.m. MT, Tuesday, February. 6.
Steven Warach, MD, Ph.Drecipient of David G. Sherman Lecture Award, is a professor of neurology at the University of Texas Dell Medical School at Austin, where he also serves as executive director of the Seton Dell Medical School Stroke Institute and Ascension Texas Regional Stroke Director. Warach is known for his important contributions to magnetic resonance imaging of stroke. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology-Neuroscience from Michigan State University and an MD from Harvard Medical School, where he completed his neurology residency. The Sherman Award The Honorable David G. Sherman, MD, is a distinguished stroke physician and internationally recognized leader and researcher in stroke prevention and treatment. The awards recognize lifetime contributions to investigation, management, mentoring and community service in the field of stroke. Warach will deliver his speech. “Improving stroke diagnosis and treatment: a journey to the end of time,“ 11:32 am MT, Wednesday, February 7.
James F. Meschia, MD, FAHAawarded William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke, professor and chair emeritus of the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Meschia is board certified in neurology and vascular neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Meschia pioneered the study of inherited risk factors for ischemic stroke and has a longstanding commitment to providing the latest evidence for carotid revascularization as a means of stroke prevention. He was the inaugural medical director of the first Joint Commission-certified stroke center within the Mayo Clinic Foundation and has authored or co-authored over four hundred peer-reviewed publications. William M. for excellence in clinical stroke. The Feinberg Award is named for distinguished stroke clinician-researchers and American Heart Association volunteers who have contributed to a more comprehensive understanding of the causes of stroke. The awards recognize significant contributions to the investigation and conduct of clinical research in stroke. Meschia’s lecture, “Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis: Current and Future Considerations,” will be presented at 11:03 a.m. MT, Thursday, Feb. 8.
Mark I. Chimowitz, MB, CHB, recipient of Ralph L. Sacco Outstanding Stroke Research Mentor Award Professor Emeritus of Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. His main professional interests are improving the treatment of patients with intracranial arterial atherosclerosis and helping to mentor the next generation of clinical and translational scientists. The Ralph L. Sacco Outstanding Stroke Research Mentor Award recognizes outstanding achievement in mentoring the next generation of stroke researchers in the field of cerebrovascular disease. Chimowitz will present his lecture, “Mentoring Clinical Stroke Researchers in Challenging Times,” at 11:34 a.m. MT, Thursday, Feb. 8.
Lewis D. McCullough, MD, PhD, FAHA, winner Thomas Willis Lecture Award, Roy M. and Phyllis Goff Distinguished Chair of Neurology at Huffington McGovern Medical School; is chief of neurology and co-director of UTHealth Neuroscience at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center, all in Houston. McCullough is a physician-scientist and a practicing vascular neurologist with clinical expertise in sex/gender disparities, the microbiome, stroke and aging, and acute stroke treatment. A noted investigator, he is well known for his work in cerebral vascular disease and for his research identifying gender differences in cell death pathways during stroke, now shown to be a major factor in the response to ischemic insult. The Thomas Willis Award recognizes contributions to the investigation and management of basic stroke science. McCool’s Speech, “Aging, Sex, and Stroke: Three Amigos of Brain Misadventures,” will be presented at 11:03 a.m. MT, Friday, February 9.
Takuma Maeda, MD, Ph.D., recipient of the Mordecai YT Globus New Investigator Award in Stroke, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Barrow Aneurysm and AVM Research Center (BARRC) at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. The award recognizes Globus’ major contributions to the study of cerebrovascular disease and his outstanding contribution to elucidating the role of neurotransmitters in ischemia and trauma; interactions between multiple neurotransmitters; Mechanisms of hypothermic neuroprotection; and the role of oxygen radical mechanisms and nitric oxide in brain injury. Maeda’s award-winning presentation, Abstract 15, “Pharmacological Activation of Efferocytosis Prevents Intracranial Aneurysm Rupture,” will be presented at 7:30 AM MT, Wednesday, February. 7.
Raed Jaoundi, MD, D.Phil.is Vascular Cognitive Impairment Award recipient. He is an assistant professor at McMaster University, an associate scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and an investigator at the Population Health Research Institute in Ontario, Canada, a joint institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences. . The Vascular Cognitive Impairment Award encourages investigators to undertake or continue research or clinical work in the area of vascular cognitive impairment and to submit an abstract to an international stroke conference. Zaundy’s award-winning presentation, Abstract 67, “Risk and Time-Course of Post-Stroke Dementia: A Population-Wide Cohort Study, 2002-2022,” will be presented at 7:30 am MT, Thursday, February 8
Oriana Sanchez, MD, winner Robert G. Sickert New Investigator Award in stroke, is currently completing a vascular neurology fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the University of Texas at Houston. The Sickert New Investigator Award in Stroke recognizes Robert G. Sickert, MD, who was the founding chairman of the American Heart Association’s International Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation, now known as the International Stroke Conference. The awards encourage new investigators to undertake or continue stroke-related research. Sanchez’s award-winning presentation, Abstract 1, ““Overcoming Clinical Trial Enrollment Challenges with EMS Radio Transmission Monitoring: Prehospital Screening of Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients,” will be presented at 7:30 a.m. MT, Wednesday, February 7.
Mohamed Abdelsaid, RPH, Ph.Drecipient of Stroke Basic Science Award, is an assistant professor at Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah, Georgia. The Stroke Basic Science Award recognizes outstanding basic or translational science that is laboratory-based. Abdelsaid’s winning presentation, Abstract 17, “SARS-CoV-2 spike protein exacerbates thromboembolic cerebrovascular complications in a humanized ACE2 mouse model,” will be presented Wednesday, February 7:54 a.m. MT. 7.
Shumei Man MD, Ph.D., FAHAThe Stroke Care in Emergency Medicine Award Awardee, a neurologist at Cleveland Clinic and director of the Stroke Center at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital in Ohio. The Stroke Care in Emergency Medicine Award encourages investigators to conduct or continue research in the emergency phase of acute stroke care and submit an abstract to the International Stroke Conference. Human’s winning presentation, Abstract 43, “Race-Ethnic Specific Trends in Stroke Thrombolysis Care Metrics with US Targets: Stroke Nationwide Quality Improvement Program 2003-2021,” will be presented at 2:00 pm MT, Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Susan Linder PT, DPT, Ph.D., The Stroke Rehabilitation Award Recipient, director of clinical research for the department the physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The Stroke Rehabilitation Award encourages investigators to undertake or continue research and/or clinical work in the field of stroke rehabilitation. Linder’s winning presentation, abstract TMP28, “Forced-Rate Aerobic Cycling Enhances Motor Recovery in Individuals with Chronic Stroke: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” will be presented at 6:15 pm MT, Thursday, February. 8.