Rodolfo Llinás, MD, PhD, Receives University Professor Distinction from New York University

Llinás Recognized as Outstanding Faculty Scholar

September 20, 2011 - 4:01pm

Rodolfo Llinás, MD, PhD, the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience and chair of the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience at NYU School of Medicine, received the “University Professor” distinction from New York University for his outstanding and multidisciplinary contributions to neuroscience. Dr. Llinás is the only current NYU School of Medicine faculty member to hold this title.

“This professorship is a testament to Dr. Llinás’ intellectual brilliance, his ability to reach across boundaries in biomedical education, and his commitment to New York University and NYU School of Medicine. As one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, it is an understatement to say we are fortunate to have him on our faculty,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO at NYU Langone Medical Center. “Dr. Llinás is an invaluable to advancing our understanding of the human brain, and in cultivating the next generation of neuroscience experts.”

Dr. Llinás is a world-renowned neuroscientist who studies the brain from the submicroscopic level, where molecules influence physiology, to the macroscopic, where thought and the mind shape behavior. He is especially known for pioneering magnetoencephalography (MEG), a highly sensitive, noninvasive technology for measuring the brain’s electrical activity, and for elucidating how certain brain diseases arise from thalamocortical dysrhythmia, the disruption of connections between the thalamus and the cortex.

Since 1976, Dr. Llinás has served as the chair of the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience at NYU Langone, and in 1985 was named the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) and his PhD in neurophysiology from the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia).  His contributions to science, spread across over 500 articles and 14 books, have earned him great distinction and honors.

Dr. Llinás is a member of numerous scientific associations including the United States National Academy of Sciences (1986), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1996), American Philosophical Society (1996), the Real Academia Nacional de Medicina (Spain) (1996) and the French Academy of Science (2002).  He also served as the chairman of NASA/Neurolab Science Working Group.

“New York University is proud to give this honor to Dr. Llinás. His contributions not only to the School of Medicine but to the entire University are truly extraordinary, and we look forward to having him among this elite and unique group,” says Robert Berne, executive vice president for health, New York University.


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