John R. Sladek, Jr., MS, PhD, FASNTR

University of Colorado
Denver, Colorado

John Sladek is an avid cyclist and is devoted to the mission of the Davis Phinney Foundation. He also is Professor Emeritus of neurology and pediatrics, Director for Outreach and Development for the Center for Neuroscience, and previously served as the founding Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Since 1974 he has maintained an NIH-funded laboratory studying neural repair mechanisms for Parkinson’s disease including the potential for self repair. His first two publications from his graduate research appeared in the Journal of Science and he has published over 200 scientific manuscripts and has presented over 300 invited lectures throughout the world.

Dr. Sladek received his bachelors of the arts from Carthage College, where he serves as a Trustee, his master of science from Northwestern University School of Medicine, and his PhD from the Chicago Medical School. He served as Chairman of the department of neurobiology and anatomy at the University of Rochester School of Medicine where he held the Kilian and Caroline Schmitt Chair. He next founded and chaired the Department of Neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School. He is Past President of the Society for Neuroscience of the Chicago and Denver Chapters and was Founding President of the American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair. He received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and in 2016 was honored with the Henry Gray Award, the highest award for scientific research by the American Association of Anatomists. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Experimental Neurology for 15 years, the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and was elected Chair of the grants review group for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.