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H.W. (Tid) Magoun Distinguished Lecture

The H.W. Magoun Lecture was instituted in 1989 as an annual lecture both to honor the BRI's founder, Dr. Horace (Tid) Magoun, and to recognize outstanding achievements by BRI members. The lecturer is selected by a faculty committee, which evaluates nominations from the membership at large.

V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology & Physiology, Neurobiology, and Neurosurgery, University of California, Los Angeles, was selected as the Twenty-Fourth Annual H.W. Magoun Lecturer. Dr. Edgerton’s lecture, “Novel Principles of Motor Control: Shackled by Tradition, Released by Data,” was presented to the neuroscience community on April 30, 2013.

Dr. Edgerton has made the exciting discovery that the implantation of an electrode array into the dura of the spinal cord can permit a paraplegic patient to stand on his full weight for many minutes and to recover some central control of leg movement. These experiments have given new hope to paralyzed patients around the world and were published in the prestigious journal Lancet (377:1938-47, 2011). In addition, Dr. Edgerton has been given a well-deserved "Breakthrough Award" by Popular Mechanics magazine, which has wide circulation among the general public. His group has worked on the basic idea of how epidural stimulation can facilitate treadmill stepping in paralyzed rats for many years. Now they have successfully translated that research into the clinical setting. This is a well-deserved recognition of an outstanding scientist and citizen of the UCLA neuroscience community.

Previous H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturers include:
First Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: William H. Oldendorf, M.D.
Second Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Arnold B. Scheibel, M.D.
Third Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Joaquin Fuster, M.D.
Fourth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Francisco Bezanilla, Ph.D.
Fifth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: John C. Liebeskind, Ph.D.
Sixth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Elizabeth F. Neufeld, Ph.D.
Seventh Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Enrico Stefani, M.D., Ph.D.
Eighth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Lutz Birnbaumer, Ph.D.
Ninth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Lawrence Kruger, Ph.D.
Tenth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: William M. Pardridge, M.D. Eleventh Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: S. Lawrence Zipursky, Ph.D.
Twelfth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Debora Farber, Ph.D.
Thirteenth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Anthony Campagnoni, Ph.D. Fourteenth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Arthur P. Arnold, Ph.D. Fifteenth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Allan J. Tobin, Ph.D. Sixteenth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Jack L. Feldman, Ph.D. Seventeenth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Jerome M. Siegel, Ph.D. Eighteenth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Richard W. Olsen, Ph.D.
Nineteenth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Diane M. Papazian, Ph.D.
Twentieth Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Michael S. Fanselow, Ph.D.
Twenty-First Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Ronald M. Harper, Ph.D.
Twenty-Second Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Kelsey Martin, M.D., Ph.D. Twenty-Third Annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lecturer: Dan Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.


 

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