Richard W. Tsien to be Inaugural Director of New Neuroscience Institute

NYU Langone Medical Center announced today that it has appointed internationally renowned scientist and leader Richard W. Tsien, DPhil, as the first director of the Neuroscience Institute and the Druckenmiller Professor of Neuroscience, effective January 2012. Dr. Tsien—a member of both the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences and a former Rhodes Scholar—joins NYU Langone from Stanford University, where he currently serves as the George D. Smith Professor of Molecular and Genetic Medicine in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology.  

In 2009, NYU Langone Medical Center received a $100 million gift from the Druckenmiller Foundation to establish a state-of-the-art neuroscience institute and to provide for the recruitment and support of the highest caliber neuroscientists. The appointment of Dr. Tsien further reinforces NYU Langone's existing strengths and will enable it to become a leader in translational neuroscience.

"With Dr. Tsien's appointment, this is truly a momentous time for the Medical Center," said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center. "Dr. Tsien's expertise and intellectual brilliance in the field of neuroscience is unparalleled, and we are confident that with his leadership, we will reach a new pinnacle in clinical and research excellence in the field of neuroscience."

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