Mahlon R. DeLong, MD, professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, has been named the first recipient of the annual Dean's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award. The award and lecture are among the most prestigious and celebratory honors that the School of Medicine can bestow on a faculty member. Not only does it carry the honor and title, but it also comes with a substantial financial award for the faculty member.
Faculty are nominated by their peers for the award and lecture, and judged by a School of Medicine selection committee, which then makes a final recommendation to the Dean. Nominees are judged on the significance and impact of their scholarly work, the academic ideals embodied by their careers and their ability to deliver an exemplary lecture with broad appeal.
"Dr. DeLong has made numerous scientific contributions throughout his career by better defining and refining diagnoses and treatments related to movement disorders," says Thomas Lawley, MD, dean of Emory's School of Medicine. "He is a world-renowned clinician and researcher, bringing the most up-to-date research to the bedside to better care for the patient. An outstanding teacher, Dr. DeLong has trained and continues to train many scientists, clinicians and educators in his field."
Dr. DeLong's major research contributions have been both at the basic and the clinical levels. His early work on the structure and function of the basal ganglia was critical for later research on Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. That, in turn, led to better surgical treatments for these disorders. This translational aspect from basic to clinical has greatly advanced the treatments for Parkinson’s disease throughout the years.
"I am very honored to be named the first recipient of the annual Dean's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award," says Dr. DeLong. "We have so many brilliant faculty members doing so much work in dozens of specialties. To be selected for this honor among all of them means so much."
The lecture honoring Dr. Delong will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WHSCAB) Auditorium. A congratulatory reception will precede the lecture at 4:30 p.m. in the WHSCAB Plaza.
Dr. Delong's lecture will focus on the translation of research into caring for and treating patients with movement disorders.