Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Einstein Honors Dr. Cuervo with Horwitz Prize

Ana Maria Cuervo, MD, PhD

Dr. Ana Maria Cuervo, Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases), Anatomy & Structural Biology, and Developmental & Molecular Biology, will be presented the sixth annual Marshall S. Horwitz, M.D. Faculty Prize for Research Excellence on Monday, January 30, 2012.

Dr. Cuervo is co-director (with Dr. Nir Barzilai) of the Einstein Institute for Aging Research, and a member of the Einstein Liver Research Center and Cancer Center. In 2001 she started her laboratory at Einstein, where she studies the role of protein-degradation in aging and age-related disorders, with emphasis in neurodegeneration.

Dr. Cuervo’s group is interested in understanding how altered proteins can be eliminated from the cells. Her group has linked alterations in lysosomal protein degradation with different neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease. They have also proven that restoration of normal lysosomal function prevents accumulation of damaged proteins with age, demonstrating this way that removal of these toxic products is possible.

Dr. Cuervo is considered a leader in the field of protein degradation in relation to biology of aging and has been invited to present her work in numerous national and international institutions, including the Robert R. Konh Memorial Lecture, the NIH Director’s Lecture, the Roy Walford Endowed Lecture and the Cherkin Award lecture on Gerontolgy. She has organized and chaired international conferences on protein degradation and on aging, belongs to the editorial board of scientific journals in this topic, and is currently co-editor-in-chief of Aging Cell and associate editor of Autophagy.

Dr. Cuervo has served in NIH advisory panels, special emphasis panels, and study sections, and has been recently elected member of the NIA Scientific Council. She has received the 2005 P. Benson Award in Cell Biology, the 2005/8 Keith Porter Fellow in Cell Biology, the 2006 Nathan Shock Memorial Lecture Award, the 2008 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Start in Aging Award and the 2010 Bennett J. Cohen Award in Aging Biology.

Following the award presentation Dr. Cuervo will present her research, "Selective Autophagy: Cleaning with a New Spin."

The Horwitz prize was established in memory of Dr. Marshall Horwitz, a beloved member of the Einstein faculty who died in 2005.

The award ceremony and lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in Robbins Auditorium, and will be followed by a reception. All members of the Einstein community are invited to attend.

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