USC President, a US Congressman, a Nobel Laureate, United Neuroscience Executives and pioneering scientists are Amongst 2018 award recipients of Brain Mapping Foundation

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Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) will hold its 15th Annual World Congress at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in DTLA from April 13-15, 2018 including 400 speakers and 11 keynote speakers.

LOS ANGELESMarch 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) officially announced today they will hold their 15th Annual World Congress at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in DTLA from April 13-15, 2018. The event will include more than 400 scientists, engineers, physicians and surgeons where they will discuss pioneering technologies, policies and science advances in the fields including: multimodality imaging, nanoneurosurgery, nanobioelectronics, neurophotonics, cellular therapeutics (stem cell and neuro-immunotherapey), supercomputing, robotics (brain computer interface), neural transplantation and repair (double hand transplants), neuroengineering, Artificial Intelligence (AI), augmented reality and virtual reality in clinical neuroscience as well as computational and predictive modeling.

“I thank the members of the science committee and our 12 subcommittee members for helping us organizing this fantastic World Congress in LA," said Dr. Vicky Yamamato, Cancer Scientist at USC Department of Head and Neck Surgery and SBMT Executive Director. “We welcome all nonprofits, industry leaders, governmental agencies and academic centers to join us at this remarkable scientific convention."

The 15th Annual World Congress of SBMT specifically has 80 scientific sessions (400 speakers and 11 keynotes) covering all neurological disorders such as: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, brain cancer, autism, brain and spine trauma, neuro-psychiatric disorders, stroke, epilepsy, spinal disorders (including practical cadaver lab), neurovascular disorders, opioid addiction, brain violence and neuro-ophthalmology.  This year the program also includes commercialization of neuro-technologies including venture capital and angel investors.  The 2018 event is supported by: Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, NIH, NASA/International Space Station, United Neuroscience, Wellness Connect HealthCare, Bedside Viewer, Institute for Nerve Medicine, French Telethon, Eisai Pharmaceutical, Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc, IBM Watson Health, Medtronic Inc, Stryker, Globus Medical, Fujifilm, Siemens, Penumbra, AML-Hong Kong, Olympus and many more biotech and startups.

Each year the SBMT and Brain Mapping Foundation also awards true pioneers in their field at the Brain Mapping Foundation Gala, which is on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 from 6-11PM at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The evening will kick off with a VIP Cocktail Reception from 6PM – 7:30PM in the Tiffany Ballroom in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel which includes a live band, cocktails and red-carpet arrivals. The evening then continues in the Crystal Ballroom for a Black-Tie Dinner and Awards from 7:30PM – 11PM.

The 2018 award winners are: USC President Dr. C. L. Max Nikias, recipient of the Humanitarian Award; Dr. Jeremy Richman, recipient of the Beacon of Courage and Dedication Award; Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Richard KandelFormer UCI Vice Chancellor Dr. Howard Federoff and Dr. Jonathan Kipnis, recipients of the Pioneer in Medicine Award; US Congressman Ted W. Lieu, recipient of the Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award; United Neuroscience Co-founder Lou ReeseUnited Neuroscience Co-Founder Mei Mei HuUnited Neuroscience Co-Founder Dr. Chang Yi Wang and Dr. Bahram Jalali, recipients of the Pioneer in Technology Award; Dr. Warren Boling and EU Center Associate DirectorChristine Caly, recipients of the Golden Axon Award; and Dong Song and Wonhye Lee, recipients of the Young Investigator Award.

“The award selection is always difficult given the fact that many of the nominees are extraordinary individuals," said Ken Green, Commander, US Navy (Retired) and Vice President of the Brain Mapping Foundation. “I think each of the 2018 recipients represent true trailblazers in their field."

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