Avindra Nath MD

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

He is the Clinical Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Chief of the Section of Neurological Infections and Director of the Translational Neuroscience Center at the National Institutes of Health. He has held these positions since 2011. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurological Infections and Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University.

His research has focused on the neurological complications and neuropathogenesis of HIV infection, since the beginning of the pandemic and in recent years, his laboratory discovered the reactivation of an endogenous retrovirus in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. In collaboration with NIAID he has developed active research programs in emerging infections that include neurological complications of Ebola infection, Zika virus and Nodding Syndrome with Onchocerca infection. In 2012, he received the Pioneer award from the International Society of Neurovirology. He is also the past President of the International Society of Neurovirology. He is the associate editor of the Journal of Neurovirology and the editor of a book on Clinical Neurovirology. He is also the past chief of the section of neuroinfectious diseases of the American Academy of Neurology.