...Changing The World

Steve A. Kay, Peter Kuhn, Gary K. Michelson, Mark Stevens and Ming Hsieh, Amber D. Miller, Laura Mosqueda, Arthur Toga, Yannis C. Yortsos; C.L. Max Nikias — Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics 2018 Humanitarian Award [USC/SBMT] [2018-04-20]

C.L. Max Nikias Awarded 2018 Humanitarian Award – Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics.

Context

USC President C. L. Max Nikias was honored on April 20,2018, with the Humanitarian Award from the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics during a ceremony at USC. The award is presented to physicians and scientists who have made significant contributions to survival and quality of life of patients across the globe.

The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) is a non-profit society organized for the purpose of encouraging basic and clinical scientists who are interested in areas of Brain Mapping, engineering, stem cell, nanotechnology, imaging and medical device to improve the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients afflicted with neurological disorders.

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USC Event Speakers & Presenters:
  • Steve A. Kay, Director – USC Convergent Biosciences
  • Peter Kuhn, Associate Director — The Bridge@USC
  • Gary K. Michelson, Founder of the Michelson Medical Research Foundation and contributor to the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
  • Mark Stevens and Ming Hsieh, USC Trustees
  • Amber Miller, Dean – USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Laura Mosqueda, Interim Dean — USC Keck School of Medicine
  • C. L. Max Nikias, USC President and SBMT Humanitarian Award recipient
  • Arthur Toga, Director — USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
  • Yannis C. Yortsos, Dean — USC Viterbi School of Engineering)

Mark Stevens: Max is a great person to be around. He has a great sense of humor, he’s thoughtful, he’s very caring.

Ming Hsieh: A great friend, and that he’s an original leader, and he’s a great scientist.

Laura Mosqueda: He really cares about the people who work here and the people that we’re serving.

Gary Michelson: I mean he genuinely is a warm human being who can take pleasure in other people’s success. You can’t fake that.

Yannis Yortsos: The most important thing as a recruiter, and Max is one of the best, is to make sure people feel that, when they come here ,they will indeed find what they’re looking for.

Amber Miller: I came to USC because I see this as a place that’s out in front doing new things.

Peter Kuhn: That is really what I wanted to do in life, right? I wanted to make a difference. And with Doctor Nikias all of a sudden there was a person there who gave me a shot at that.

Arthur Toga: He’s made an investment in people and places that has enabled things I don’t think we thought were possible a few years ago.

Steve Kay: So, the leadership from President Nikias is a demand that we come together, that we bring our best ideas, that we bring out energy in order to reach a finish line. And the finish line is to make people’s lives better.

Amber Miller: Everyone understands the importance of bringing different disciplines together to solve some of the thorniest most difficult problems in bioscience, cancer, or Alzheimer’s, or the kinds of big diseases that we’re dealing with now.

Peter Kuhn: Convergent bioscience, the USC Michaelson, the Biotech Park – it’s all part of that same framework because Doctor Nikias understands that solving wicked problems is not just an, “ah-ha” moment.

Yannis Yortsos: Max has articulated a strategy about the university in that it combines scholarship with impact.

Steve Kay: He not only has this huge bold vision about how USC is going to have impact throughout the world, but he has the discipline to work with us and create a plan and execute on a plan, and he also has the savvy, those special skills to generate and apply the resources.

Mark Stevens: He loves to get out and engage with the alumni and parents, and other members of the Trojan family. And the results of our $6 billion dollar campaign definitely improved that.

Ming Hsieh: I think it’s great to work with Doctor Nikias, under his leadership, and to bring this university forward. Especially making USC greater as a leader in the area of brain disease related research.

Gary Michelson: I think he’s a very morally driven person. So at every turn, I think he’s directing the university towards making a larger contribution to the world at large.

Press Excerpt

Nikias honor reflects USC’s investment in brain mapping, bioscience
The university’s president receives the Humanitarian Award of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics

April 17, 2018 | David Medzerian, USC News

USC President C. L. Max Nikias was honored April 14 with the Humanitarian Award of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics. The award is presented to physicians and scientists who have made significant contributions to survival and quality of life of patients across the globe.

USC has emerged as a leader in brain mapping, a field that straddles biological science and engineering and brings improved measurements to clinical treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and autism.

The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics honors pioneers in brain mapping at its gala each year. This year’s event was held at the Millennium Biltmore hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. In addition to Nikias, the list of honorees included Nobel laureate Eric Kandel and U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu.

“We have many university presidents and distinguished individuals who were nominated, but Dr. Nikias was the finest candidate because he is a Renaissance man who has impacted humanity through significant contributions to medicine, science, technology, art and policy… Our global strategy is to break the boundaries of science, technology, medicine, art and healthcare policy, and Max has clearly achieved that”, said Babak Kateb, chairman and CEO of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics.

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Niki Nikias at the 15th annual Brain Mapping Foundation Awards Gala (Credit: USC/Eric Abelev)USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Niki Nikias at the 15th annual Brain Mapping Foundation Awards Gala (Credit: USC/Eric Abelev)

Dr. Gary K. Michelson stands in the back of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, as he discusses the 2018 Humanitarian Award being presented to USC President C.L. Max Nikias (Credit: USC)Dr. Gary K. Michelson stands in the back of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, as he discusses the 2018 Humanitarian Award being presented to USC President C.L. Max Nikias (Credit: USC)

USC President C.L. Max Nikias poses for pictures with students (Credit: USC)USC President C.L. Max Nikias poses for pictures with students (Credit: USC)

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Babak Kateb, Chairman and CEO of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics:

We have many university presidents and distinguished individuals who were nominated, but Dr. Nikias was the finest candidate because he is a Renaissance man who has impacted humanity through significant contributions to medicine, science, technology, art and policy… Our global strategy is to break the boundaries of science, technology, medicine, art and healthcare policy, and Max has clearly achieved that.

Gary Michelson, Founder of the Michelson Medical Research Foundation and contributor to the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

I think he’s a very morally driven person. So at every turn, I think he’s directing the university towards making a larger contribution to the world at large.

Amber Miller, Dean – USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences:

Everyone understands the importance of bringing different disciplines together to solve some of the thorniest most difficult problems in bioscience, cancer, or Alzheimer’s, or the kinds of big diseases that we’re dealing with now.

C. L. Max Nikias, USC President and Recipient of the Humanitarian Award:

It’s a tremendous honor to accept this award on behalf of the university… We have made significant investments and multidisciplinary appointments to advance our capabilities in brain mapping, neuroscience and the biosciences more broadly… This recognition is a testament to the advances USC has already made, and the trajectory the university is on, to be a global leader in these disciplines in the decades to come.

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