Vikram Khurana, MD, PhD, of the Department of Neurology, was named one of the inaugural winners of the Bishop Dr. Karl Golser Award for his groundbreaking research published in Cell Systems in the field of Parkinsonian disorders.
The award, given by the Bishop Dr. Karl Golser Foundation, recognizes a highly distinguished clinician-investigator or neuroscientist for a landmark first author publication in this disease area, which includes multiple system atrophy, dementia with Lewy bodies, progressive supranucelar palsy and corticocobasal degeneration.
Khurana was selected for his Cell Systems paper, “Genome-Scale Networks Link Neurodegenerative Disease Genes to α-Synuclein through Specific Molecular Pathways,” published in February 2017. Khurana and colleagues systematically mapped molecular pathways underlying the toxicity of α-synuclein, a protein central to Parkinson’s disease, through a suite of computational methods they developed, called TransposeNet. He will be presented with the award during a ceremony at the late bishop’s palace in Brixen, Italy, on June 9.
The Bishop Dr. Karl Golser Foundation aims to raise awareness of Parkinsonian disorders, promote research in this field and facilitate the development of therapeutic measures.