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The JSNTCC now has three named lectureships.  The Anthony B. Marmarou Memorial Neurotrauma Lectureship is given each fall at the CNS Annual Meeting.  The 2011 AANS Annual Meeting marked the inaugural J. Douglas Miller Neurotrauma Lectureship, given by Dr. Alex Valadka.  The Charles Tator Honorary Lectureship on Spinal Trauma, supported by AOSpine, has been approved by the JSNTCC executive committee.  The inaugural lecture is anticipated in 2012 or early 2013.

 

Anthony Marmarou:

 

MARMAROU, Anthony, Ph.D., Nemuth Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Neurosurgery, VCU School of Medicine, died late Friday, peacefully surrounded by family and now rests with God. Professor Marmarou also served as the Technical Director of the American Brain Injury Consortium (ABIC) and the International Epilepsy Consortium (IEC), Co-director of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Clinic and Professor of Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Physiology. 

He is survived by his devoted wife, Rose Marie Marmarou; and lives eternally through his daughters, Dr. Christina Marmarou and Mrs. Valere Lawler and her husband, Mr. Michael Lawler. He is also survived by grandchildren, Dr. Anthony Pellicane and his wife, Dr. Brenda Pellicane, Mr. Joseph Pellicane and Miss Katelyn and Jennifer Lawler. Dr. Anthony Marmarou was born on March 15, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George and Irene Marmarou. He is survived by his brothers and their wives, Mr. and Mrs. Stratos and Ann Marmarou, Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Marianne Marmarou; and sister, Mrs. Anna Trantus. Loved by all his nieces and nephews, "Uncle Tony" will be dearly missed. 

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Douglas Miller: 

Over the past decade and a half when any of my (often most vulnerable) constituents have come to see me about problems related to head injury or mental illness, I would ask them in whose hands their treatment lay. Often the answer was "Professor Douglas Miller of the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh". "In which case," I could truthfully say, "you are in the hands of one of the most gifted neurosurgeons in the world." 

Not only was Douglas Miller one of the most distinguished neurosurgeons, but he was also a supremely caring man of medicine, who took a sustained interest in what became of his patients. He was genuinely loved and respected, moreover, by those who worked for him: junior doctors, nurses or cleaning staff. In all his work he was marvellously supported by his wife Margot, herself a distinguished nurse and matron.

Alas, the M8 motorway and its predecessor the A8 three-lane road between Edinburgh and Glasgow, running through my constituency, has been notorious for the many appalling motor accidents that have happened on it, often involving severe head injuries. Miller, to my first-hand knowledge, would turn out at any hour of day or night to apply his expertise. It was the consensus of his colleagues both in the Western General Hospital and at Edinburgh University to whom I talked that no one in Europe knew more about the problems associated with intracranial pressure or was more skilled at dealing with them.

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Charles Tator  

Born: August 24, 1936
Category for Induction: Builder
Education: M.D. University of Toronto 1961; Ph.D. Neuropathology, University of Toronto 1965

Since the early 1970s, Dr. Charles Tator has had a resounding impact on spinal cord injury research, prevention and treatment, and on training our next generation of leading surgical scientists. An eminent scientist, neurosurgeon, professor and administrator, his laboratory was the first in Canada to study acute spinal cord injury from a basic science perspective.

Dr. Tator’s research transformed our world’s understanding of spinal cord injury. He developed one of the first experimental models of spinal cord injury in small laboratory animals in 1978. He showed that post-traumatic ischemia is a major secondary injury mechanism. He invented the inclined plane technique of functional assessment. Dr. Tator was one of the first to recognize the proliferation of endogenous stem cells in the injured adult mammalian spinal cord, and to assess the therapeutic value of transplantation of adult spinal cord derived stem cells after injury. He developed the first acute spinal cord injury unit in Canada, and he is known for the introduction of halo vests for treatment.

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