Grayson Armstrong, MD, MPH, chief Ophthalmology resident at Mass. Eye and Ear, has been elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees Resident and Fellow seat. Armstrong began serving as an AMA delegate in medical school and he also serves on the executive committee of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
Merit Cudkowicz, MD, chief of Neurology, is the recipient of the 2019 Raymond D. Adams Lectureship Award from the American Neurological Association. She was recognized for her presentation “Accelerating ALS Therapeutics: Master Platform Trials and Other Approaches.” The lectureship was established in 2000 to honor Raymond D. Adams, MD, emeritus Bullard Professor of Neuropathy at Harvard Medical School and emeritus chief of the MGH Neurology Service.
Claes H. Dohlman, MD, PhD, emeritus chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Université de Montréal for his pioneering work in ophthalmology. Internationally recognized as the founder of modern corneal science and one of the most highly honored ophthalmologists in the world, Dohlman’s work is considered classic literature on understanding corneal biology. From left: Guy Breton, president of the Université de Montréal; Dohlman; Hélène Boisjoly, dean of the Faculty of Medicine; Louis Roquet, chancellor; and Alexandre Chabot, secretary general
Leif W. Ellisen, MD, PhD, program director for Breast Medical Oncology in the MGH Cancer Center, has been awarded a team science grant from the Gray Foundation. The award supports leading cancer researchers to study new approaches for the early detection, diagnosis and therapy of BRCA-related cancers.
Steven H. Liang, PhD, of the Department of Radiology, has received the 2019 O’Keanos-CAPA Young Investigator Award from the Chinese-American Chemistry and Chemical Biology Professors Association. The award, established in 2008, promotes young scientists who have been recognized as high-potential investigators in the field of chemistry and biology interface. Liang was honored with the award for his work on the development of novel radiochemical labeling methods and drug discovery for positron emission tomography (PET) pharmaceuticals.
Jane Marshall, RDCS, FASE, technical director of the Echocardiography Laboratory, has received the Sonographer Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Echocardiography. This award is given every two years to a distinguished sonographer who has had a lifetime of outstanding achievements in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound and has served as a role model through service, research and teaching. Marshall, center, with four MGH Echo Lab team members, from left, Judy Mertsch, Barbara McDade, Lanqi Hua and Jacob Fialkosky
Eric Pierce, MD, PhD, director of the Inherited Retinal Disorders Service and the Berman-Gund Laboratory for the Study of Retinal Degenerations at Mass. Eye and Ear, has received the 2019 Stein Innovation Award from Research to Prevent Blindness. The award will support his research to investigate extracellular vesicles as potential biomarkers for inherited retinal degenerations. Pierce is one of 29 researchers who have received the award since it was established in 2014.
Jan Schuemann, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, has received an Expanding Theories Award from the Brain Tumour Charity. The award support studies that explore and develop novel concepts that may eventually lead to significant improvements in clinical outcomes, including quality of life, for people with brain tumours. Schuemann’s research is exploring if extreme dose rate (EDR) proton therapy can be used to spare healthy brain tissue while treating tumors and determine the underlying mechanisms. Together with his collaborators at Queen’s University Belfast he will employ mechanistic effect models to test the feasibility of his hypotheses. 
Susanne van Veluw, PhD, of the Department of Neurology, was honored with a Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award in the Medical Science field from the Bayer Science & Education Foundation. Van Veluw uses cutting-edge imaging techniques to address the knowledge gaps in cerebral small vessel disease – which encompasses alterations to the small vessels of the brain, resulting in ischemic or hemorrhagic lesions and cognitive impairment in affected older individuals. A subset of these lesions is captured with imaging techniques during life and the sequence of events leading up to the formation of infarcts and bleeds remains poorly understood.
Vincent Vindice, PsyD, of the Department of Psychiatry, has been recognized with an Outstanding Leadership Service Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). The award honors chapter or state organization leaders for exemplary service. Vindice serves as a professional advisor for the DBSA Revere group, which provides free support for people with mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, and their friends and family. They provide a safe place for people to share experiences and help manage wellness. Pictured, from left, Matthew Xiarhos, of DBSA Revere; Kim Harol, president of DBSA Revere; and Vindice
Robert H. Young, MD, of the Pathology Service, has received the 2019 President’s Medal from the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology in London. The President’s recognizes his major contributions to pathology education.
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