Leadership

CNRM Director

Regina Armstrong, Ph.D.

Regina Armstrong, Ph.D.

Dr. Regina C. Armstrong was named Director of the CNRM in July of 2008. She earned a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester in 1982 and was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship for her pre-doctoral work leading to a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987. Dr. Armstrong received an Intramural Research Training Award from NIH to carry out postdoctoral training at NINDS from 1987-1991. Dr. Armstrong joined the USUHS faculty in 1991. Her primary appointment is as Professor of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics in the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. Dr. Armstrong holds secondary appointments at USUHS as Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology. She served as Director of the Neurosciences Program from 2002-2008.

Contact:
Director, Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine
Dept of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
regina.armstrong@usuhs.edu


CNRM Co-Director

Walter Koroshetz, M.D.

Walter Koroshetz, M.D.

Dr. Koroshetz, was named Deputy Director of NINDS in January of 2007. He works with the NINDS Director in program planning and budgeting, and oversees Institute scientific and administrative functions. Before joining NINDS, Dr. Koroshetz served as vice chair of the neurology service and director of stroke and neurointensive care services at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He was also a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and has led neurology resident training at MGH since 1990.

Contact:
Deputy Director, NINDS
Office of the Director
NIH/NINDS
Building 31
31 Center Dr MSC 2540
Bethesda, MD 20892-2540
koroshetzw@ninds.nih.gov


CNRM Director of Clinical Research

Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, M.D., Ph.D.

Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Diaz-Arrastia is Professor of Neurology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and Director of Clinical Research at the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM). Dr. Diaz-Arrastia's research interests are focused in the area of understanding the molecular, cellular, and tissue level mechanisms of secondary neuronal injury and neuroregeneration. Dr. Diaz-Arrastia has published over 125 peer-reviewed primary research papers, as well as over 20 invited reviews and book chapters. He has also served in several national committees related to TBI research and practice. He has served on expert panels convened by the Institute of Medicine, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Aging, and the Department of Defense. He is also a peer reviewer for the leading journals in neurology, neuroscience, neurotrauma, and neurorehabilitation.

Contact:
Director of Clinical Research, Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine
Professor of Neurology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
ramon.diaz-arrastia@usuhs.edu


Program Leaders

Diagnostics and Imaging Program

James Smirniotopoulos, M.D.

James Smirniotopoulos, M.D.

James G. Smirniotopoulos was appointed professor and chair of radiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in September 1995. He originally came to the university as an associate professor of radiology and nuclear medicine in 1992 and has since accepted subsequent posts as professor in the departments of neurology and biomedical informatics in 1996 and 2001 respectively. Before coming to USU, Dr. Smirniotopoulos was the chief of Neuroradiology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington D.C. Dr. Smirniotopoulos attended medical school and completed his residency and fellowship training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Medical Center in Washington D.C. From the onset, his research interests have been focused primarily on radiologic-pathologic correlation and the tumor biology and radiology of primary CNS neoplasms. He has authored or co-authored more than 25 book chapters and 75 peer-reviewed articles, including two studies on the efficacy of electronic teaching in medicine. Dr. Smirniotopoulos is the editor of the American College of Radiology Learning File and the chief editor of the MedPix™ Radiology Database and Teaching File.

Contact:
Dept. Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
james.smirnio@usuhs.edu

David Bluemke, MS.B., Ph.D., M.D.

David Bluemke, M.D.

Dr. David Bluemke is the Director of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the NIH Clinical Center and Professor of Radiology at Johns Hopkins. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago followed by radiology residency and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has published more than 300 scientific articles on advanced imaging techniques, and has led multiple multi-institutional imaging trials. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, a past member of the board of trustees for the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), a member American Heart Association Council on Radiology and Intervention, and the ACR Committee on Standards for Body MRI, and the ACR Committee on Standards and Accreditation for Magnetic Resonance.

Contact:
Building 10 - Magnuson Clinical Center, 1C355
10 Center Dr
Bethesda, MD 20892
bluemked@mail.nih.gov


Biomarkers Program

Brian Cox, Ph.D.

Brian Cox, Ph.D.

Brian Cox is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at USU. After training in Britain and serving as a faculty member in the University of London, he moved to Stanford University to join the Addiction Research Foundation before coming to USU. He has worked for many years on the pharmacology of opiate drugs, drug tolerance and dependence mechanisms, and on the roles of endogenous neuropeptides in the central nervous system. Dr. Cox is President-Elect of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Contact:
Department of Pharmacology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
brian.cox@usuhs.edu


Neuroprotection and Modeling Program

Joseph McCabe, M.S., M. Phil., Ph.D.

Joseph McCabe, Ph.D.

Dr. Joseph McCabe is Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics, and a Professor in the Neuroscience and the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Programs at USU. He received his undergraduate training in psychology and biology at Rutgers College, an M.S. degree in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from the City University of New York. Dr. McCabe spent 11 years at The Rockefeller University before his move to USU. His laboratory is interested in understanding the mechanisms of cell response to stress and in the development of pharmacological therapies that may reduce the functional consequences of brain injury.

Contact:
Dept. of Anatomy, Physiology & Genetics
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
joseph.mccabe@usuhs.edu

John Hallenbeck, M.D.

John Hallenbeck, M.D.

Dr. Hallenbeck received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After a medical internship and neurology residency at the University of Michigan, he entered the United States Navy. At the Naval Medical Research Institute his research focused on CNS decompression sickness and air embolism and later the study of inflammatory and immune mechanisms in acute brain ischemia. In 1983, he was appointed Chief of the Navy's neurology training program at the National Naval Medical Center and Professor, Vice-Chairman and Chairman for Research in the Department of Neurology, USUHS. In 1991 he came to the NINDS as Chief of the newly created Stroke Branch. He received the Mihara Cerebrovascular Disorder Research Prize. Dr. Hallenbeck's laboratory is studying the cellular regulation of ischemic tolerance and inflammatory and immune mechanisms in the initiation and progression of stroke.

Contact:
Clinical Investigations Section
Stroke Branch, NINDS
Building 49, MSC 4476
49 Convent Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
hallenbj@ninds.nih.gov


Neuroregeneration Program

Aviva Symes, Ph.D.

Aviva Symes, Ph.D.

Aviva Symes received her B.Sc. from the University of Manchester, UK, and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University College London. Dr. Symes performed a post doctoral fellowship in the Neurology Department, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, becoming an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, before taking up at faculty position in the Department of Pharmacology at USUHS. She is now Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, with secondary appointments in Neuroscience and Molecular and Cell Biology. Dr. Symes laboratory focuses on the role of cytokines in regulating the glial response to traumatic injury in the central nervous system.

Contact:
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Uniformed Services University
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda MD 20814
aviva.symes@usuhs.edu

Joseph A. Frank, M.D., M.S.

Joseph A. Frank M.D.

Dr. Joseph A. Frank earned his medical degree graduated State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 1981 and trained in Internal Medicine at the University Hospital, Boston University Medical Center from 1981-1984. Dr. Frank was trained in the National Cancer Institute Medical Oncology fellowship program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1984-85 and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He became a tenured senior investigator in the Clinical Center in 1989 and in 1992 became Chief of the Laboratory of Diagnostic Radiology Research (LDRR) a congressionally mandated program. He is now the Chief of the Frank Laboratory in the Radiology and Imaging Sciences Department, Clinical Center and also an Adjunct Senior Investigator in the Intramural Research Program, National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Dr. Frank has a long standing clinical research focus of using MRI and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging as outcome measures to monitor the natural history and effect of treatment in central nervous system diseases. Dr. Frank has trained over 25 post-doctoral and radiological fellows in translational research techniques. Dr. Frank is a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

Contact:
Radiology and Imaging Sciences Department
Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health
Building 10 - Magnuson Clinical Center, 1C368
10 Center Dr.
Bethesda, MD 20892
jafrank@helix.nih.gov


Neuroplasticity Program

Sharon Juliano, O.T.R., Ph.D.

Sharon Juliano, Ph.D.

Dr. Sharon L. Juliano is a Professor of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics, Neuroscience, and Cell and Molecular Biology at USUHS in Bethesda, MD. She is currently the Acting Director of the Neuroscience Program at USU. Dr. Juliano received her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She also completed a Senior Fellowship (Poste Orange) in Creteil, France. Her scientific work centers on the development of the cerebral cortex and investigates the mechanisms of tangential and radial migration of neurons into their target sites. Dr. Juliano is active in the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), and organized workshops and courses in Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe. Dr. Juliano received the Flexnor Award for Outstanding Research, the Cajal Club Cortical Explorer Award, the Simpson Award (given by iiFAR), and the Distinguished Service Medal. She is the incoming Chair of Committee on Animals in Research of the Society for Neuroscience. She sits on several editorial boards, and participates in many advisory committees including those to the Institute of Medicine, the NIH, and IBRO.

Contact:
Dept of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
sharon.juliano@usuhs.edu

Eric Wassermann, M.D.

Eric Wassermann, M.D.

Dr. Wassermann received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied behavioral neurophysiology with C.R. Gallistel, and his M.D. from New York Medical College. After a Neurology Residency at the Boston City Hospital, he came to the NINDS as a postdoctoral fellow in the Human Motor Control Section, where he worked on the physiology of the motor cortex and the control of voluntary movement. In 1997, he established the Brain Stimulation Unit (now the Behavioral Neurology Unit) to extend the same techniques and concepts to investigating the prefrontal cortex and the control of emotion and action. His current work focuses on the human brain mechanisms of reward, learning, and motivation and how these processes are disrupted in disease. He has over 140 publications and has edited two books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pfizer Visiting Professorship in psychiatry, two NIH Director's Awards, and the US Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal.

Contact:
Behavioral Neurology Unit, NINDS
Building 10, Room 7D41
10 Center Drive, MSC 1440
Bethesda, MD 20892-1430
wassermanne@ninds.nih.gov


Rehabilitation and Evaluation Program

Paul Pasquina, Col, USA, M.D.

Paul Pasquina, M.D.

Paul F. Pasquina, M.D. is a Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps. He is the Chief of the Integrated Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at WRAMC and the NNMC. He is also the Medical Director of the Amputee Program and the Co-Director of the TBI Program at WRAMC. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD), is an elected Fellow in the American Institute for Medical Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE), a Secretarial appointee on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee for Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs, and served as the PM&R Residency Program Director and Medical Advisor to the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, and serves as a consultant to the FDA's Orphan Drug Program. He has received multiple military awards, as well as awards for teaching and mentorship to include the U.S. Army's "A" Proficiency Designation for academic excellence and the Order of Military Medical Merit. Dr. Pasquina is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Contact:
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Building A, Room A1036
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
Paul.F.Pasquina@health.mil
301-295-6885

Leighton Chan, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Leighton Chan, MD, MPH

Dr. Chan received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH with a major in political science. He graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1990. Chan then completed postgraduate training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington. During his training he also obtained a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation science. Subsequently, he completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship, earned a master of public health degree at the University of Washington School of Public Health and was a Congressional Fellow for the Honorable Jim McDermott (Washington). From 1994 to 2006, Dr. Chan was on the faculty of the University of Washington's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and in electrodiagnostic medicine.

Contact:
Rehabilitation Medicine Department
Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health
Building 10,
10 Center Drive, MSC 1604
Bethesda, MD 20892-1604
chanle@cc.nih.gov


Scientific Cores Leaders

John Butman, M.D., Ph.D - Email
Dzung Pham, Ph.D. - Email


Yang Fann, Ph.D. - Email


Reed Selwyn, Ph.D. - Email


David Bluemke, M.D., Ph.D. - Email
James Smirniotopoulus, M.D. - Email


Brian Cox, Ph.D. - Email


Joseph McCabe, Ph.D. - Email


Daniel Perl, M.D. - Email


Sharon Juliano, Ph.D. - Email


Michael Roy, M.D. - Email


Leighton Chan - Email
Louis French, Psy.D. - Email


Lawrence Latour, Ph.D. - Email