URMC Neurosurgeon Honored for Research Efforts

June 13, 2007

Jason Huang, M.D.

Jason Huang, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, recently was honored with the 2007 Young Clinician Investigator Award. Established by the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Young Clinician Investigator Award supports young physicians who are actively pursuing careers in the operating room and in the basic laboratory.   

Huang’s clinical and research focus is on the functioning of the peripheral nerve system, which is the network of nerves that conduct signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand.  In the laboratory, he is pursuing advanced research peripheral nerve reconstruction.  He is exploring new technologies that can stimulate nerve cells to grow outside the body, and then be grafted onto an injured nerve site to help reestablish the lost connection.

“There is a lot of preliminary data showing that this is a viable option.  It is in the concept stage and there is a long way to go, but I can see it being a reality in five to 10 years,” Huang said.

Huang, who resides in Pittsford, NY, received his medical degree in 1999 from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his residency and a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of 75 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, editorial reviews and book chapters.   

For additional information on the NREF Young Clinician Investigator Award, please visit: http://www.aans.org/research/fellowship/nref_y.asp.

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