Nina F. Schor MD, PhD

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Nina F. Schor, MD, PhD is Deputy Director of the NINDS and a Senior Faculty Associate at the University of Rochester. Dr. Schor graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.S. degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and as a Scholar of the House in Chemistry Research in 1975. She received her PhD in Medical Biochemistry from Rockefeller University and the laboratory of Dr. Anthony Cerami in 1980 and her MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1981. Dr. Schor pursued residency training in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital (1981-1983) under Dr. Mary Ellen Avery and Child Neurology at the Longwood Area-Harvard Neurology Program (1983-1986) under Dr. Charles Barlow. During residency, she also pursued a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Cancer Research Foundation of America in the laboratory of Dr. Manfred Karnofsky at Harvard. During this time, she began her studies of neuroblastoma, aimed at understanding the neurobiology of this tumor and exploiting this understanding to design and test in preclinical models novel strategies for the therapy of chemoresistant neuroblastoma. For the next 20 years, Dr. Schor rose through the academic and administrative ranks at the University of Pittsburgh, ultimately becoming the Carol Ann Craumer Professor of Pediatric Research, Chief of the Division of Child Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics, and Associate Dean for Medical Student Research at the medical school. Her research on mechanisms of resistance of neuroblastoma and the role of neurotrophin receptors in neurooncologic and neurodegenerative disease has been continuously funded by the NIH, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Elsa U. Pardee Foundation, and Crosby’s Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research since 1988. In 2006, Dr. Schor became the William H. Eilinger Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester, posts she held until January 2018, when she became Deputy Director of the NINDS. She has been Secretary/Treasurer and Presisdent of the Child Neurology Society, President of Professors of Child Neurology, a member of the Society for Pediatric Research and American Pediatric Society Councils, Secretary of the American Neurological Association, a member of the Scientific Program Committee of the American Academy of Neurology and the Executive Committee of AMSPDC, and, most recently, a Director for Neurology of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurlogy. In her laboratory, Dr. Schor has mentored over 80 students and trainees at all levels. Most of them are her co-authors on her 130 peer-reviewed papers. In 2005, she received the Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award of the American Neurological Association, and in 2017, she was named a Master Mentor of the National Research Mentoring Network consortium and received the Hower Award from the Child Neurology Society.

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