Symposium speakers 2015: Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

Neuro X is the title and theme for the May 1 symposium hosted by Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology. The event kicks off with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Owens Auditorium, between CRB I and CRB II on the Johns Hopkins University medical campus. Talks begin at 9 a.m. Posters featuring multidisciplinary research from across many Hopkins divisions and departments will be on display from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

One of this year’s speakers is Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting edge research to cure brain cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He directs the Brain Tumor Surgery Program at Bayview Medical Center, the Pituitary Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Named as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in 2008, he was also selected by Popular Science magazine as one of their 6th Annual Brilliant Ten in their search for young researchers influencing the course of science. Dr. Quiñones has published over 260 peer-reviewed articles and over 40 book chapters and has edited two books on stem cells.  He is the lead editor for the 6th edition of Schmidek and Sweet’s Operative Neurosurgical Techniques, the world’s preeminent encyclopedia of neurosurgery, as well as an upcoming Video-Atlas of Neurosurgery: Tumors and Contemporary Skull Base Surgery.

Dr. Quiñones conducts numerous research efforts on elucidating the role of stem cells in the origin of brain tumors and the potential role stem cells can play in fighting brain cancer and regaining neurological function.  He has received R01 funding from the National Institutes of Health for his work with stem cells and cancer. His awards also include grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician-Scientist Early Career Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Maryland Stem Cell Foundation.  He has been invited to give more than 250 lectures nationally and internationally, including visiting professorships at several universities. An active science communicator, he has appeared in print and broadcast media, including NOVA, CNN, CBS News, NBC’s The Today Show, and National Public Radio. In 2014, he was the recipient of Voices Against Brain Cancer’s Neurosurgeon of the Year Award for his patient care and research strides to find a cure for brain cancer. He has also published an autobiography, “Becoming Dr. Q”, about his journey from migrant farm worker to brain surgeon, in both English and Spanish.

Additional speakers will be profiled in the next few weeks. To register your poster and for more details visit symposium/

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