David H. Gutmann, MD, PhD, the Donald O. Schnuck Family Professor and vice chair for research affairs in the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Advocate of Hope Award from the national Neurofibromatosis (NF) Network.
The NF Network is a nonprofit dedicated to helping people living with NF, a set of complex genetic disorders of the nervous system that is characterized by tumors that can grow on nerves in the brain and throughout the body.
The Advocate of Hope Award honors Gutmann for his work in the field of NF and his compassion for NF patients. For more than 25 years, he has devoted his academic career to improving the lives of people with NF, through laboratory and clinical research. He established the NF clinical program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1994, which serves as a regional referral center for patients. In addition, he founded and directs the Washington University NF Center, one of the world’s largest centers focused on accelerating the pace of scientific discovery and its application to the care of individuals with NF.