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Media Contact: Alicia Lurry 06 July 2006    
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Emory Professors Receive 2006 Albert E. Levy Scientific Research Award
Marc I. Chimowitz, MD, professor of neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine, and William G. Kelly, PhD, assistant professor of biology in Emory College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, are recipients of the 2006 Albert E. Levy Scientific Research Award recognizing excellence in scientific research. The awards were presented on June 28.

The Levy award was established to recognize outstanding scientific research contributions of Emory faculty members. Each year, one junior faculty member and one senior faculty member are selected by the University Research Committee for recognition of a recent research accomplishment and receipt of monetary awards from the Levy Endowment Fund, established in honor of the late Albert E. Levy by his family.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Chimowitz's research has focused on epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of intracranial arterial atherosclerosis, a particularly important cause of stroke in African Americans, Hispanics and Asians. During his career, Dr. Chimowitz has been awarded over $15 million in grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Heart Association. He is being honored for leading an NIH funded multicenter clinical trial comparing the effectiveness and safety of warfarin versus aspirin for preventing stroke in patients with intracranial arterial stenosis. This work led to recent publications in the New England Journal of Medicine and the journal Circulation.

He completed his neurology residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, followed by a two-year clinical and research stroke fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Chimowitz was assistant professor of neurology and director of the Stroke Program at the University of Michigan from 1990 to 1995 before moving to Emory, where he was associate professor of neurology and later became professor of neurology in 1999. He has authored or co-authored 70 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on various topics on stroke and one book on Clinical Neurocardiology.

Dr. Kelly's research has focused on the mechanisms that establish and maintain the germ cell lineage during and after embryonic development. He has published eight manuscripts since he joined the Emory faculty in 2000. His research has appeared in Nature Genetics (2004) and Developmental Cell (2003).

Dr. Kelly received his PhD degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1993. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Embryology. Dr. Kelly joined the Emory University faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology.

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