William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship

The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship Selection Committee announced Ezequiel D. Goldschmidt, MD, PhD, as the recipient of the 2020-21 William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship. Dr. Goldschmidt, a resident in neurosurgery at University of Pittsburgh, will commence his Van Wagenen fellowship in July 2020.

Dr. Goldschmidt will spend his fellowship year at the Karolinska Instituet in Sweden, under the supervision and mentorship of Jens Hjerling-leffler, PhD. He will pursue the research topic of recreating neuroplasticity via a cortico-cortico trans-pial bypass.

“I am deeply honored and grateful to be awarded the Van Wagenen Fellowship,” Dr. Goldschmidt said. “As a Van Wagenen Fellow, I plan to obtain a broad-based foundation in the genomics, neurophysiology and axonal tracking techniques currently applied to study neuroplasticity in animals. I will apply single-cell m-RNA sequencing to study a potentially novel way to induce brain connectivity and better understand the gyrification process. During the fellowship period, the main focus of my research will deal with the possibility of inducing transcortical neuroplasticity in the auditory and somatosensory cortex of ferrets. I will also study, at a single-cell level, the genetic basis for gyrification and functional differentiation of gyri in the mammalian brain.”

“I will use this opportunity to learn from world-renowned neuroscientists and set the grounds for a long-term partnership with The Karolinska Institute,” Dr. Goldschmidt continues, “I look forward to spending one year in Sweden and applying what I will learn as I start my career in the United States.”

The Van Wagenen Fellowship offers post-residency study in a foreign country for a period of 12 months. The fellowship was established by the estate of Dr. Van Wagenen, who was one of the founders and the first President of the Harvey Cushing Society, now the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

The Van Wagenen Fellowship provides freedom in scientific development without the restrictive limitations usually imposed by many research grants and fellowships.

A donation to the Van Wagenen Fellowship Fund helps promising residents pursue this amazing professional opportunity and support has a major impact on neurosurgical patients, educators, researchers and clinicians.

Join us in recognizing Dr. Van Wagenen’s amazing legacy with a donation to the Van Wagenen Fellowship Fund by visiting www.nref.org/Donate.