Dr. Thomas Carmichael Appointed Chair at University of California Los Angeles

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From the President of the AUPN

On August 22nd, 2016, Dr. Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD, was appointed Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Carmichael replaced Dr. Marie-Françoise Chesselet, who served as served as interim chair.

Dr. Carmichael received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees and completed training in Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine. He was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral fellow at UCLA, studying mechanisms of axonal sprouting, with a clinical emphasis on neurorehabilitation and stroke.

At UCLA, Dr. Carmichael conducts an active research program, directs the Translational Neuroscience Training Grant for Neurology residents, and is an attending physician on the neurorehabilitation and stroke clinical services at UCLA

Dr. Carmichael’s has a laboratory which studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural repair after stroke and other forms of brain injury with a goal to develop new molecular therapies for stroke recovery.  This work has led to publications in high impact journals, as well as several patents and clinical trials in stroke.  His lab is funded by the NIH, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, and other agencies. 

Dr. Carmichael serves as Associate Editor of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair and is the Director of the Adelson Program in Neural Repair, the largest and most productive scientific group in this fieldHe has served on NIH panels to review the intramural program, as a standing study section member and to develop long term funding priorities for dementia and stroke. 

Dr. Carmichael received the American Society of Neurorehabilitation Outstanding Clinician-Scientist Award in 2009 and the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award in 2005 among many other honors for research and teaching.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Carmichael.


Karen C. Johnston, MD, MSc
President AUPN 

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