*** 2020 Safar Symposium Update ***
Due to health concerns related to the corona virus and emerging travel restrictions and bans at various universities, we have decided that it is best to postpone the April 29-30, 2020, Safar Symposium until a later date, hopefully sometime in the fall. We are disappointed about this unfortunate development, but believe that it is the wisest decision.
In October 2019, Dr. Patrick M. Kochanek was appointed to the faculty rank of Distinguished Professor of Critical Care Medicine in the School of Medicine.
In January 2020, Dr. Kochanek presented at the International Workshop on Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury that was held in Bergamo and Brescia Italy.
Sherry Chou, MD, MMSc, was been selected to receive the Neurocritical Care Society’s 2019 Investing in Clinical Neurocritical Care Research (INCLINE) Grant.
Elizabeth Kenny received the 2020 O’Malley Award for 5 years of excellence in Basic Science Research for her Longitudinal Research Project in the Physician Scientist Training Program.
Assistant professor of Critical Care Medicine, Dennis Simon, MD was awarded an R21 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
On November 22, 2019, Dr. Kochanek was invited to a symposium honoring the 10 year anniversary of the prestigious STAR Center at Maryland Shock Trauma.
This year, we once again had a very competitive number of proposals submitted for funding from the Reback Family gift supporting research targeting the development of new therapies for hypoxic brain injury.
The 17th Annual Safar Symposium took place on April 22nd and 23rd this year, and was an outstanding success, and one the most well attended in the event’s history.
Safar Center Faculty members, Ruchira Jha MD, and Shaun Carlson, PhD, have been awarded grants by the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research.
Safar Center Associate Director Sherry Chou, PhD, just received a notice of award for her new R21 grant, titled “MicroRNA Endotypes of Systemic Inflammation in Sub-Arachnoid hemorrhaGE (MESSAGE).”
Ihuoma Njoku was recently awarded the Bert and Sally O’Malley Award for outstanding medical students at the 2019 Pitt Medical School Scholars Day.
Onome Oghifobibi, MD, a second-year fellow received the Diversity in the Research Workforce Travel Award from the Society for Pediatric Research.