Dr. Dimitri Krainc Joins Northwestern Medicine as New Chair of Neurology
Northwestern Memorial Hospital July 31, 2013
CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern Medicine® recently welcomed Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD, as the chair of the Department of Neurology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Aaron Montgomery Ward Professor and chair of the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Krainc is a distinguished investigator of international stature whose research has had a transformative impact in the area of neurodegenerative diseases.
“I am extremely honored to lead one of the nation’s premier departments of neurology and I very much look forward to working with my new colleagues,” said Krainc, who will also direct a new center for rare diseases. “This position also carries great responsibility to seek new treatments for many neurological disorders that remain incurable, and to prepare our medical students and residents for the future of neurology and neuroscience.”
A native of Slovenia and a graduate of Zagreb Medical School, Krainc spent the past 21 years at Harvard Medical School where he completed his research training followed by a neurology residency and fellowship in movement disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He then served on the neurology faculty at Massachusetts General and Harvard.
The overarching goal of Krainc’s research is to define key molecular pathways in the causes of neurodegeneration in order to develop therapies for Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and related diseases. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and reviews in the most prestigious scientific journals.
Throughout his career, Krainc has served with distinction on various local, national, and international committees and boards, including the Neurological Sciences and Disorders Committee at the National Institutes of Health and the Society for Neuroscience. He is an elected member of the American Neurological Association and American Academy of Neurology, and has served on several editorial boards, including The Journal of Neuroscience.
He was recently named a 2013 Massachusetts General Hospital Research Scholar, a program that provides five years of unrestricted funding to give innovative investigators the flexibility to pursue projects that may lead in unexpected directions.
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