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Dr. Madhav Thambisetty is elected trustee of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation

Published: October 15th, 2015

Category: News

Madhav Thambisetty, MD, PhD, a neurologist and clinical Pharmacologist was elected trustee of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation at its board meeting on August 12, 2015.

Dr. Thambisetty has a distinguished background as a clinical neurologist and as a research scientist in the neurobiology of aging including the identification of biomarkers in blood and spinal fluid for age-related cognitive decline.

Following his graduation from medical school and a year as house officer at the Government Medical College, University of Calicut, India, Dr. Thambisetty obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in clinical pharmacology at the University of Oxford, Green College in 1998. After receiving his DPhil degree, he entered the United States and completed his residency training in Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine in 2002. He remained as a fellow and clinical associate in cognitive neurology and sleep disorders at Emory University until 2004 when he accepted an Emanoel Lee Medical Research Fellowship at St. Cross College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom and an Alzheimer’s Society Research fellowship in the Section of Old Age Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, United Kingdom. After completing each of these fellowship programs in 2007, Dr. Thambisetty returned to the United States and was recruited to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a staff clinician in neurology in the Clinical Research Branch. In 2012 he was appointed to lead the Unit of Clinical and Translational Neuroscience within the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience at the NIA. He continues his productive research at the NIA in association with his clinical faculty appointment as an adjunct associate professor of neurology at the John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Thambisetty has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and chapters in textbooks and his work is frequently cited with regard to the use of biomarkers in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders specifically relating to cognition and memory. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for JAMA, Neurobiology of Aging, Plos Medicine, Neurology, NeuroImage and CNS Drugs.

Dr. Thambisetty is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and an elected member of the American Neurological Association. He also received the prestigious NIA Director’s Merit Award for outstanding contribution to translational research in aging, public outreach and scientific leadership in both 2011 and 2014. In addition, Dr. Thambisetty received an “On-the-Spot” award for outstanding accomplishment in scientific research, awarded by the director of the NIA in 2010.

The purpose of the MBRF is to promote research and investigation of the brain in the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the neurobiology of memory with clinical relevance to the problems of age related memory loss. Dr. Thambisetty’s background and experience make him uniquely qualified to serve as trustee of the MBRF.

Dr. Thambisetty will serve with the current trustees, Dr. J. Lee Dockery, Gainesville, FL; Dr. Michael L. Dockery, Charlotte, NC; Dr. Nina Ellenbogen Raim, Miami Beach, FL; Dr. Gene G. Ryerson, Gainesville, FL; Dr. Robert Wah, McLean, VA; and Melanie Cianciotto, Corporate Trustee, Orlando, FL. in their role of fulfilling the purpose of the Foundation in promoting research of brain in age related memory loss with the goal of preventing, delaying or developing therapies for the cognitive decline associated with the normal aging process.

Dr. Thambisetty his wife, Bidya, have two sons and reside in Silver Spring, MD.