We are honored and thrilled to report that Dr. Story C. Landis, the distinguished Director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), will be a keynote speaker at the Hydrocephalus Association’s 12th National Conference on Hydrocephalus: Getting to The Heart of Hydrocephalus. Dr. Landis will address the importance of hydrocephalus research and how this research fits into NINDS’ mission.
Story Landis, Ph.D. has been Director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) – one of the institutes that comprises the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the largest funder of brain research – since 2003. A native of New England, Dr. Landis received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College (1967) and her Ph.D. from Harvard University (1973). After postdoctoral work at Harvard University, she served on the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology there. In 1985, she joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she created the Department of Neurosciences which, under her leadership, achieved an international reputation for excellence. Throughout her research career, Dr. Landis has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of nervous system development. She has garnered many honors, is an elected fellow of the Institute of Medicine, the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Neurological Association, and in 2002 was elected President of the Society for Neuroscience.
Dr. Landis joined the NINDS in 1995 as Scientific Director and worked to re-engineer the Institute’s intramural (internal) research programs. Between 1999 and 2000, she led the movement, together with the NIMH Scientific Director, to bring a sense of unity and common purpose to 200 neuroscience laboratories from eleven different NIH Institutes. As NINDS Director, Dr. Landis oversees an annual budget of $1.5 billion that supports research by investigators in public and private institutions across the country, as well as by scientists working in its intramural program. Together with NIMH and NIA directors, she co-chairs the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, a roadmap-like effort to support trans-NIH activities in the brain sciences. In 2007, Dr. Landis was named Chair of the NIH Stem Cell Task Force. (Source: NIH/NINDS)
A main goal of the Hydrocephalus Association is improving the quality of life for people living with hydrocephalus through research and advocacy. We lead and empower our community to advocate for more federal support of hydrocephalus research and encourage interest and collaboration in the private research community. We also work closely with other national organizations with similar goals to improve health policy for all people, especially those with chronic medical conditions like hydrocephalus. Join us in Bethesda, MD and support our efforts.