Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano, MD, Named to National
Neurology Advisory Council
PA) – Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has
recently appointed Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano, MD, Professor
and Chair of the Department of Neurology and Professor in the Department
of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine,
to the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council --
the major advisory panel of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders
and Stroke (NINDS).
NINDS -- a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within
the Department of Health and Human Services -- is the nation's primary
supporter of basic, translational, and clinical research on the brain
and nervous system. “I am extremely honored to serve on this advisory
panel,” says Dr. Gonzalez-Scarano. “It’s my hope that
our work over the coming years will help scientists further their efforts
in trying to solve many of the disorders affecting the brain and nervous
system that afflict a great number of people in our society.”
After receiving his medical degree from Northwestern University, Dr. Gonzalez-Scarano
came to The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) as an intern
in 1975 and stayed on as a resident in neurology the following year. He
has been at Penn ever since, except for one year as a visiting worker
in virology research at Great Britain’s National Institute for Medical
Research. He was appointed a full professor in 1994.
A nationally recognized expert in the neuropathogenesis of HIV, Dr. Gonzalez-Scarano
has also investigated La Crosse virus, a common cause of pediatric encephalitis.
He serves as co-director of the interdisciplinary Penn Center for AIDS
Research. In addition, he is a member of the Cell and Molecular Biology
Graduate Group, an associate member of the Mahoney Institute of Neurological
Sciences, and a member of the Immunology Graduate Group. A Harry Weaver
Neuroscience Scholar of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1982
to 1987, he also had a Teacher-Investigator Award from what is now NINDS.
Dr. Gonzalez-Scarano has served as chairman of the board of scientific
counselors of NINDS, and as chairman of its Planning Panel for Glial and
other Non-Neuronal Cells. Dr. González-Scarano is on the editorial
board for the journals Glia, Virus Research, Journal
of Neurovirology, Virology, and Journal of Virology.
He has served on advisory groups for the NIH and for various professional
societies and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.
The National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council meets
three times each year to review applications from scientists seeking financial
support for biomedical research and research training on disorders of
the brain and nervous system. Members also advise the Institute on research
program planning and priorities. The 18-member Council is composed of
physicians, scientists, and representatives of the public. Dr. Gonzalez-Scarano
will serve through July 2008.
PENN Medicine is a $2.7 billion enterprise dedicated
to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and
high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation’s
first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System
(created in 1993 as the nation’s first integrated academic health
Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #3 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 in the nation in U.S. News &
World Report’s most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School
of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training
of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic
Penn Health System is comprised of: its flagship hospital, the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently rated one of the nation’s
“Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania
Hospital, the nation's first hospital; Presbyterian Medical Center; a
faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
satellite facilities; and home health care and hospice.