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Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Zigmond, PhD

Established in 2000, the Mika Salpeter Award recognizes individuals with outstanding career achievements in neuroscience who have also actively promoted the professional advancement of women in neuroscience. The award includes a $5,000 prize.

Michael Zigmond, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh. Zigmond’s research using cellular and animal models of Parkinson’s disease has helped to reveal the intricacies of the relationship between stress, exercise, and trophic factors on the survival of dopamine neurons. He is particularly interested in the strategies dopamine neurons use to reduce their vulnerability to intracellular stress. Zigmond earned his PhD in 1968 from the University of Chicago.

Zigmond is also well known for his “Survival Skills and Ethics” workshops and publications, which offer professional skill development and ethical issue training for early career scientists. Through these workshops and extensive mentoring activities, he has encouraged many female scientists who have gone on to lead distinguished careers in neuroscience.