Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich Wins Translational Medicine Prize

W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Kinetic Concepts Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery, and Scientific Director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, received the 2014 Drexel Prize in Translational Medicine during the annual International Symposium on Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Dietrich accepted the award and presented a keynote lecture titled “Translational Research in Brain and Spinal Cord Injury: Accomplishments and Future Directions.” During the June 19 event, Dietrich, who is also Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science and professor of neurological surgery, neurology and cell biology, met with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and other investigators.

The Drexel Prizes in Immunology, Infectious Disease, Cancer Biology, and Translational Medicine, along with the Hilary Koprowski Prize in Neurovirology, are prestigious awards given by the Drexel University College of Medicine Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease. The awards are presented to investigators who are at highly productive stages of their career with research programs that have achieved international recognition for their impact on the future of the given discipline. The Drexel Prize in Translational Medicine was established in 2012.

Over the past 30 years, Dietrich and his colleagues have investigated the pathophysiology of brain and spinal cord injury with a long-term goal of translating new treatments to patients. They have been successful in moving several treatments forward, including therapeutic hypothermia, targeted temperature management and, more recently, cell therapies targeting spinal cord injury. Dietrich’s research programs are supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the State of Florida, and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

“It was an honor to be selected for the 2014 Drexel Medicine Prize in Translational Medicine and participate in this outstanding symposium,” said Dietrich. “Being a scientist is truly a great profession, and it’s very special to be acknowledged by your peers.”

The award was presented by Itzhak Fisher, Ph.D, professor and chair of neurobiology and anatomy, and Tania Del Rivero, a graduate student who recently transferred from the University of Miami Neuroscience Program to Drexel University.

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