ATLANTA, GA — Two scientists are receiving this year's the Albert E. Levy Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. They are Raul Nogueira, a neurologist, and Dorian Lames, a psychologist. The award is an acknowledgment of the contributions of Emory faculty members to the advancement of scientific knowledge.
Edith Levy Elsas, a civic and academic activist, is the creator of this award in memory of her father, Albert E. Levy. She was a member of the Emory University Board of Visitors when she created the award. This award is now supervised by the University Research Committee (URC).
The nominees for the award are given to URC each year, containing one junior and one senior. The names given are considered by the nominating faculty to be exceptional in their fields of research. The awardees will get an honorarium in research funds with $1,000 for the Junior Faculty Award and $2,000 for the Senior Faculty Award, and also a trophy for each awardee.
The award was originally overseen by Emory University's Sigma Xi, a scientific research honor community that boosts research communication through various scientific disciplines. The Levy Award had stopped once when the Emory Chapter of the Sigma Xi was inactive and then the donator of the award requested the award to be reinstated and administered by the University Research Committee in 2000.
Here is the brief profile of the awardees.:
Dorian Lamis, PhD, ABPP, is the awardee of the junior award. He is a board-certified licensed clinical psychologist and a professor assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. His study was on patients who are diagnosed with serious mental illness and/or are at-risk for suicide at the Grady Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic. He also provided direct clinical and managerial services in the hospital when he was on his research.
Dorian Lamis is an internationally recognized, very productive academic with his study in clinical psychology and suicide prevention. He has published various peer-reviewed journals and made himself an independent leader in psychology since he joined Emory. Among his peers, he is a rising star that has become the speaker of international conferences, won many awards and gained substantial external funding. His innovative study gives the understandings of suicidal behavior with specific genetic and epigenetic factors identification.
The awardee of the senior award is Raul Nogueira, MD. He is a professor of neurology, neurosurgery and radiology in the Department of Neurology of Emory University School of Medicine. He is also a world-renowned stroke and interventional neurologist at Grady Memorial Hospital. His study has a massive impact on stroke treatments with new insights developed in the fields.
Other awards that had been honored to Nogueira include various lectureship awards, such as the Juan Taveras Lectureship Award from Harvard. He is the first neurologist to be acknowledged for this award.
Raul Nogueira has been in a group that organized multi-site clinical trials on a technique called mechanical thrombectomy on stroke patients. It is the removal of blood clots from the blocked blood vessels immediately after a stroke. Mechanical thrombectomy is now a major new procedure of treatment of severe stroke patients within the first 6 to 24 hours, which will increase the chance of patient's survival.
The mechanical thrombectomy study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2018. It was considered the most influential research in the neuroendovascular field in the last 10 years and the technique was recognized by the American Heart Association and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as one of the top research advances of 2018.
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