<P>AANnews • September 2014 3 Presidents Column Reduced Funding Imperils Research Momentum and the Landis Legacy As the Academy sets its sights on our upcoming Annual Meeting next April in Washington, DC, we are excited, as always, to issue our call for research abstracts that make up the heart of our scientific programming. But this year that excitement is tempered by concerns about the state of federal funding for neurologic research through the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS). The AAN and the NINDS have their origin in the same gene pool, as it were. In 1950, AB Baker and Pearce Bailey personally lobbied intensively on Capitol Hill for establishing the NINDS within the NIH. Bailey, the Academys second president, was also director of the NINDS for its first nine years. Story C. Landis, PhD, the NINDS director for the past 11 years (and NINDS scientific director for eight years before that), has led the institute with integrity, scientific vision, and a broad grasp of neuroscience research and its possibilities. She is now retiring, and it is appropriate to consider her legacy and the challenges ahead for her successor. Story oversaw a major reshaping and, in some ways, reinvention of the intramural program. She became director at the end of the period when the NIH budget doubled, and she ends her tenure at a time when continued progress in both basic and clinical neuroscience research is uncertain due to a measurable decline in support of the federal research enterprise. The broad scientific progress fueled by the Human Genome Project and the discovery of human embryonic stem cells is threatened today not only by specific (and often arbitrary) budget cuts, but by a lack of understanding by many members of Congress and much of the country at large about what is necessary to create the kind of environment that favors scientific breakthroughs and promotes global leadership in biomedical science. In his announcement of Dr. Landiss imminent retirement, NIH Director Francis Collins appropriately saluted Storys impact not only on NINDS but the entire NIH through her leadership of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research (a successful effort to enhance and support research in brain science across all NIH institutes). More recently, she chaired the NIH Stem Cell Task Force and has played a key role in helping implement President Obamas BRAIN Initiative. Finally, she helped design the K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award that is uniquely designed to facilitate the transition of exceptional postdoctoral fellows from mentored to independent research positions. Story has received many honors for her accomplishments, but I will mention only three here: She has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, and to fellowship in both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The most important thing we can do to recognize and honor Storys legacy is to make every effort to assure adequate funding for NINDS and the other agencies that support neurological research, such as the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Eye Institute. A good friend and colleague, Dr. Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, FAAN, deputy director of NINDS since 2007, has been named acting director of NINDS. Walter, a former professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Stroke Service and NICU at the Massachusetts General Hospital—as well as a past AAN board member—is an experienced clinical and laboratory investigator who has worked closely with Dr. Landis in developing training Continued on page 4 ?</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/3/3/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/4/4/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/5/5/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/6/6/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/7/7/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/8/8/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/9/9/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/10/10/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/11/11/">Page-11</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/12/12/">Page-12</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/13/13/">Page-13</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/14/14/">Page-14</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/15/15/">Page-15</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/16/16/">Page-16</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/17/17/">Page-17</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/18/18/">Page-18</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/19/19/">Page-19</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/20/20/">Page-20</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/21/21/">Page-21</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/22/22/">Page-22</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/23/23/">Page-23</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/24/24/">Page-24</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/25/25/">Page-25</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/26/26/">Page-26</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/27/27/">Page-27</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/28/28/">Page-28</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/29/29/">Page-29</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/30/30/">Page-30</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/31/31/">Page-31</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/32/32/">Page-32</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/33/33/">Page-33</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/34/34/">Page-34</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/35/35/">Page-35</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/36/36/">Page-36</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/37/37/">Page-37</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/38/38/">Page-38</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/704/lhbdvotqg/39/39/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publications/704/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>

 

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