Craig Blackstone MD, PhD

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Craig Blackstone is Senior Investigator and Cell Biology Section Chief within the NINDS Neurogenetics Branch, Director of the NIH MD-PhD Partnership Training Program, and Visiting Scientist at HHMI Janelia Research Campus. He received BS/MS degrees from the University of Chicago (1987) and MD/PhD degrees from Johns Hopkins (1994). For his graduate studies with Dr. Richard Huganir, he received the David Israel Macht Research Award. After a neurology residency in the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Program, Dr. Blackstone pursued clinical fellowship training in movement disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and postdoctoral research training in neurobiology with Dr. Morgan Sheng at Harvard Medical School and HHMI. In 2001, Dr. Blackstone joined the NINDS. His laboratory investigates the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying inherited neurological disorders, particularly hereditary movement disorders and spastic paraplegias; areas of expertise include cell biology, neurogenetics, and neurological disease mechanisms. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and an elected Fellow and current Vice President of the American Neurological Association (ANA). He has held numerous other leadership positions in the ANA, including as a member of its Executive Council and Professional Development Committee, and as Director of its Translational and Clinical Research Course and Chair of its Web Governance Committee. He has served on or chaired numerous NIH and DoD study sections and reviewed grants for agencies in over 15 different countries. He has also reviewed research articles for well over 100 different journals and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Investigation and Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases. He received the NIH’s highest mentoring honor, the NIH Director's Ruth L. Kirschstein Mentoring Award, in 2012.