"The standardization of training, technologies and introduction of technological solutions for neurological disorders need a body that could play a neutral role. SBMT for sure has the history, scientific credibility and the credential to ensure President Obama's Initiative is a success," said Warren Grundfest, Member of the board of SBMT, Professor Department of Bioengineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Surgery, UCLA Geffen school of MedicineThe whitepaper, which is submitted by the SBMT board of directors to the White House, NIH, DARPA and DoD, calls for the formation of the National Alliance for NanoBioElectronics (NANBE), National Network for Human Brain and Specimen Banks (NNHBSN) and National Data Repository and Analysis for Neuroscience (NDRAN). "We examined the entire national policy in neuroscience and tried to come up with a truly unique approach in order to address some of the fundamental problems in the field; we also believe that board certification is a necessary step toward standardization of the science and the technology in the field of brain mapping," said Gary Steinberg, member of the SBMT board, Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randolph Hearst Professor of Neurosurgery and the Neurosciences Director, Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine SBMT is holding its annual meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center on May 12-14, featuring more than 45 scientific sessions and nearly 300 invited speakers. The meeting will cover all aspects of Brain and spinal cord mapping including neurosurgery, radiology, neurology, neuroscience, stem cell, engineering, psychiatry, immunology, brain bank, military medicine, space medicine and neurophtolmology, neurodegenerative disorders, autism, Parkinson's disease and radiation oncology. This program is also jointly sponsored by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Imaging (ISMRM) this year and in 2012 was jointly sponsored by American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). "SBMT is the most interdisciplinary and collaborative organization in the world in the field of Brain Mapping; the organization has brought together leading industry, academics, government entities, international partners and non-profits in order to introduce game-changing technologies into the field in order to better prevent, diagnose and treat neurological disorders," said Mitchel Berger, President of AANS, member of the board of SBMT, Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, Kathleen M. Plant Distinguished Professor, Director, Brain Tumor Surgery Program, Director, Neurosurgical Research Centers, Brain Tumor Research Center Pioneer in Medicine awards will be presented by the SBMT to Drs.:
- Wieslaw Nowinski for his pioneering work in brain atlas;
- Shouleh Nikzad (NASA/JPL) for her pioneering work in translating NASA/UV into clinical trials and her leadership role in establishment of SBMT;
- Margie Homer (NASA/JPL) for her pioneering work in using NASA-electronic nose to sniff brain cancers;
- Robert H Kraus for his pioneering role in making an ultra-low field MRI technology;
- Rafat Ansari (NASA/Glenn Center) for his pioneering role in applying NASA technology to solve ophthalmological diseases;
- Yosef Kronyo and Maya Kronyo-Hamaoui for their pioneer work in identifying Alzheimer's pathology in the retina.