from the BWH Awards, Honors, and Grants Office January 2019
BRI Director's Transformative Award Recipient
Vikram (Vik) Khurana, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Movement Disorders in the Department of Neurology, was honored with the 2018 Brigham Research Institute (BRI) Director’s Transformative Award for his project, “A Multidisciplinary Program at Brigham to Stratify and Precisely Target Neurodegenerative Disease.”
This award supports teams proposing transformative projects that are collaborative, innovative and interdisciplinary. As the recipient of the award, Dr. Khurana will receive $500,000 for his project, which focuses on using genetic and stem-cell technologies to better stratify patients with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders for therapies. The project is a collaboration between investigators in the Brigham’s Department of Neurology, Division of Genetics and Department of Pathology. Dr. Khurana’s collaborators include Tim Bartels, PhD, and Ulf Dettmer, PhD, both of Neurology; Mel Feany, MD, PhD, of Pathology; and Shamil Sunyaev, PhD, and Stephen J. Elledge, PhD, both of Genetics.