2017 Aird Professorship Lecture

aird 2017

November 16, 2017
UCSF Genentech Hall Auditorium
600 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94158
5:00 - 6:00pm CME Registration and Reception
6:00 -7:00pm Lecture

Talk title: "The BRAIN Initiative and the Golden Age of Neuroscience"

Educational objectives:
1) Understand the goals of the NIH BRAIN Initiative and the science currently being supported.
2) Develop a sense of how the BRAIN Initiative projects will open futuristic areas of neuroscience research.
3) Promote consideration of how the tools, maps and knowledge coming from the BRAIN Initiative’s will change clinical neuroscience.

Walter Koroshetz is the Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). He works to advance the mission of the Institute, to improve fundamental knowledge about the brain and the nervous system, and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disorders. He joined NINDS as the Deputy Director in 2007. Before coming to NIH Dr. Koroshetz was a Harvard Professor of Neurology, Vice Chair of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, director of Stroke and Neurointensive Care, and a member of the MGH Movement Disorders clinic. His research activities spanned basic neurobiology to clinical trials. He directed Neurology training at MGH for 16 years. A graduate of Georgetown University and University of Chicago Medical School Dr. Koroshetz specialized in Internal Medicine and Neurology.

Credits: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Please note that registration is FREE but required

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It is recommend that you partk at the Community Center (the large orange building on Owens Street).
The 3rd Street Garage is also very close, but there is construction taking place nearby.

NOTE: You cannot enter from 16th Street (even though navigation apps will point you to that side).


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NOTE: Some shuttles stop running at 7 p.m. Please view timetables carefully.

Harold Rosegay M.D.

Robert Burns Aird, MD
(1903 - 200)

Robert Burns Aird, an American educator and physician, founded the department of neurology at the University of California at San Francisco. In addition to conducting his own research (Flynn Aird syndrome bears his name), Aird developed the department into a leading academic center for study of the brain sciences, drawing future Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner as a resident late during Aird's tenure. Aird also wrote a history of modern neurology and was a successful real estate speculator in the San Francisco area.

Aird's father, Dr. John Aird, founded the Aird Clinic in Provo, Utah. The facility was the only hospital in the Provo area for many years. His grandfather and grandmother, William Aird and Elizabeth McLean, were Scots immigrants and the family was proud of its heritage, thus the name "Robert Burns" Aird, after the famous Scots poet. His uncle, Henry McLean Aird was a prominent educator in Utah.

A lifelong musician, Aird was president of the Cornell University Glee Club as an undergraduate, and during his tenure as neurology chairman at UCSF wrote a musical about the life of Joshua A. Norton (ca. 1815-1880), the mentally ill self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States and Mexico.

Aird was educated at Cornell University, Harvard Medical School, and Deep Springs College.

Each Fall, the San Francisco Neurological Society (SFNS) honors Dr. Aird by holding a special lecture. The speaker is selected by the UCSF Department of Neurology. UCSF and SFNS co-sponsor this annual lecture.