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UAB welcomes new fellow for Class of 2022 Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders

  • October 25, 2019
The nation faces a dire need for movement disorder specialists as the incidence of diseases such as Parkinson’s continues to increase.

Safra3Aditya Vikram Boddu, M.D.The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders has selected five neurology physicians for the Class of 2022, the program’s fifth class, from top neurology programs across the world. This summer, the selected physicians will begin two years of training to become movement disorder clinician-researchers — experts in high-quality care to treat people with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders as well as lead on critical research. The University of Alabama at Birmingham welcomes Aditya Vikram Boddu, M.D., as part of this prestigious program. 

Launched in 2014, The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders — a collaboration between The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and longtime partner the Edmond J. Safra Foundation — bridges a funding gap to build a global network of much-needed movement disorder specialists. Annually, the program awards funding to five academic centers worldwide to each train a new movement disorder specialist over two years. With the enrollment of this fifth class and the recent graduation of its second, The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders is on track to graduate 26 new movement disorder specialists by the year 2022.

Boddu earned his medical degree at the Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Secunderabad, India. He completed residency and internship training at the University of Missouri.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to train a new movement disorder specialist through the distinguished Edmond J. Safra Fellowship,” said David Standaert, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the UAB Department of Neurology. “We look forward to helping Aditya embark on a unique career path that develops the clinical and research skills necessary to deliver expert patient care and research.”