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Peter B. Crino, MD, PhD, chair of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, receives prestigious neuroscience award

BALTIMORE Oct. 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA announced today that Peter B. Crino MD, PhD professor and president of the Department of Neurology at UMSOM, has received the Javits Neuroscience Researcher Award (R37) which provides $ 2.7 million in total funding.

Dr. Crino was selected from a pool of applicants for the highly selective award on the recommendation of the National Advisory Council on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), an institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award is initially awarded for a period of four years, after which, based on an administrative review, an additional project period of three years may be awarded. Recipients must have demonstrated exceptional scientific excellence and productivity in one of the NINDS-supported areas of neurological research, have proposals of the highest scientific merit, and have a high probability of being able to continue research at the forefront of their science. for the next seven years.

By mandate of the United States Congress, the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award was established in 1983 to honor the late Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY) who for several years was a victim of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative neurological disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease . Senator Javits was a strong advocate for supporting research in a wide variety of disorders of the brain and nervous system.

"I am very honored, honored and grateful to have been chosen for the Javits award. I want to share the credit for the award with the staff in my laboratory, who have helped drive our research program for the last two decades ", said Dr. Crino. "Much work still needs to be done to understand the causes of epilepsy and autism and hopefully achieve new therapeutic strategies for people who face these challenges every day. The Javits Prize will greatly increase progress and the productivity of our laboratory in these critical research areas, "said .

Dr. Crino is an internationally recognized physician-scientist who specializes in developmental brain disorders. Over the past 20 years, his laboratory has received ongoing funding from the National Institutes of Health, through which he has four grants totaling $ 4.1 million . His laboratory studies the mechanisms of altered brain development associated with autism, intellectual disability and epilepsy, defining the developmental disorders associated with intractable epilepsy, including cerebral cortical developmental malformations and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). He has collaborated in the identification of several new genes associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, has pioneered the analysis of single-cell DNA and mRNA sequencing in resected human tissues, and has used mouse models to probe the effects of regulatory genes of mTOR in neuronal and cerebral cortical development. Dr. Crino has also co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters, and reviews, and has been invited to speak worldwide.

"I congratulate Dr. Crino on his spectacular achievement as a recipient of the Javits Award. This unique recognition of his successful career is one in which we can all share a collective sense of pride, as another of our 'best and brightest 'receives national recognition ", said E. Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore, and Distinguished Professor and Dean John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM).

About University of Maryland School of Medicine

Now in its third century, the University of Maryland School of Medicine it was established in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States . It continues today as one of the world's fastest growing and premier biomedical research companies, with 46 departments, centers, institutes and academic programs, and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished two-time winner of the Albert E. Lasker Prize in Medical Research. With an operating budget of more than $ 1.2 billion the School of Medicine works closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide intensive research , academically and clinically, they serve nearly 2 million patients each year. The School of Medicine has nearly $ 600 million in external funding, and most of its academic departments rank highly among all medical schools in the country in terms of research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine has a total population of nearly 9,000 faculty and staff, including 2,500 students, trainees, residents, and fellows. The College of Medicine and the Medical System combined (" University of Maryland Medicine") has an annual budget of more than $ 6 billion and an economic impact of nearly 20 billion in the state and local community. The School of Medicine, which ranks eighth among public medical schools in research productivity (based on the profile of the Association of American Medical Colleges) is an innovator in translational medicine, with 606 active patents and 52 start-ups . In the last US News & World Report ranking of the best medical schools, published in 2021, the UM School of Medicine is ranked in position 9 among the 92 US public medical schools and in the top 15 percent (# 27) of the 192 US public and private medical schools. locally, nationally and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit

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