Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Ratan is the Director of the Winifred Masterson Burke/Cornell Medical Research Institute and Burke Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Rehab Medicine at Weill Medical College, Cornell University. One focus of Dr. Ratans’ lab is to develop new pharmacological approaches for preventing or ameliorating disability from nervous system conditions. A stroke, spinal cord injury, or other neurological disease will cause neurons to die, which in turn, adversely influences recovery. Much of this neuronal death is caused by highly reactive molecules, called free radicals. Dr. Ratans’ lab is developing “drugs” to augment the body’s natural defenses to free radicals. These drugs are candidate therapies for stroke and spinal cord injury prevention and recovery. Dr. Ratan is not only a member of the Board of Directors of both The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and the Boston ALS Therapy Alliance but he is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of The Boston Cure Project. He is on the Editorial Boards of Antioxidants and Redox Signaling, NeuroRx, The Journal of Neuroscience, Stroke and Neurobiology of Disease. Dr Ratan has written over 60 peer reviewed publications. Dr Ratan received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University where he was awarded numerous honors. Before joining Burke, he was an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.