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2022 McDowell Symposium

Who Should Attend: 
Everyone is welcome
Speakers and Awardees for McDowell 2022



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Bernice Grafstein, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Hon.)
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Vincent and Brooke Astor Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience
Weill Cornell Medicine Graduate School of Medical Sciences
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Heidi and Tedy Bruschi
Tedy’s Team
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Harel Weinstein, D.Sc.
Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Director, Institute for Computational Biomedicine
Chair, Graduate Program in Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology
Tri-Institutional Professor
Weill Cornell Medicine, Rockefeller University, Sloan Kettering Institute
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The Hamilton Family
Tom, Karen and Annie Hamilton
CureFA Foundation
Patient and Family Advocates
Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance

Dr. McDowell - Founder

In 1978, Dr. Fletcher McDowell established Burke Neurological Institute and shaped it to become the nation’s preeminent independent research organization focusing on basic, translational and clinical research for brain and spinal cord repair. In doing this, he understood the importance of the integration of basic research on repair, regenerative medicine and systems biology with the Institute’s affiliated medical school, Weill Cornell Medicine. The institute has grown to be the only one of its kind in the world. 

Adding to this extraordinary legacy, Fletcher was involved in some of the early discoveries of clinical neuroscience. He was a part of the first L-dopa studies that established a role for this precursor in Parkinson’s treatment. He motivated and financially supported the development of robotics for stroke rehabilitation, a field that is now flourishing. Fletcher also stimulated some of the first studies to examine whether physical and occupational therapy are relevant for stroke rehabilitation. 

Because of his remarkable vision and scientific accomplishments, we initiated the McDowell Symposium and Awards in 2018 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Institute and the one-year anniversary of Fletcher’s passing. 



Friday, May 20, 2022 - 8:30am to 4:00pm


Burke Neurological Institute
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
United States
Conference Room: 
Outdoor Tent Canopy

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