James Albers honored with AANEM’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award
James Albers, M.D., Ph.D., emeritus professor in both PM&R and neurology, recently received the 2019 American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“His work exemplifies the fact that one person can make an enormous contribution to a field,” AANEM’s awards committee wrote in their recommendation letter for Dr. Albers. “With over 3 decades of NIH, industry, and foundation research funding, Dr. Albers transformed our approach to EDX medicine, increased our understanding of multiple neuromuscular disorders and improved standards of care for neuropathy patients worldwide. He is a giant in the field of clinical neurotoxicology. From his sentinel paper with Jasper Daube in 1978, describing the electrodiagnostic findings in acute porphyric neuropathy to the more than 50 papers he authored on all aspects of toxic neuropathies, his research defined the field of clinical neurotoxicology and culminated with the publication of four books on the subject (written by Dr. Albers).”
Albers told colleagues, “The success of the neuromuscular program at the University of Michigan was only possible with the support of the departments of Neurology and PM&R, as well as the support of my many colleagues throughout the medical school and Michigan Medicine.”