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Mridha Spirit of Neurology Humanitarian Award – 2023

2023 recipient

Gretchen Birbeck, MD, MPH, DTMH, FAAN

The Mridha Spirit of Neurology Award is a humanitarian award for a neurologist or neuroscientist working in an impoverished community of the world. Funded by the American Brain Foundation and the philanthropy of Dr. and Mrs. Mridha, and endowed by gifts to Dr. Debasish and Chinu Mridha Endowment Fund.

Dr. Birbeck is the Edward A. & Alma Rykenboer Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester. She spends at least six months annually in Zambia and Malawi and, for nearly 30 years, has been a leader in advancing the care of patients with neurologic disorders in the region. Her clinical care, research, and capacity building efforts have had a ripple effect, revolutionizing care for patients in sub-Saharan Africa while also legitimizing global health as a neurologic subspeciality.