Seward Rutkove, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School

Dr. Rutkove is Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and serves as the Nancy Lurie Marks Chair of the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. With extensive funding support from NIH, Dr. Rutkove’s medical research focuses on the application of innovative clinical neurophysiological techniques for the assessment and treatment of neuromuscular disorders and muscle dysfunction with an emphasis on electrical impedance methods. His research efforts have also included the impact of reduced gravity on musculoskeletal health, with past and ongoing support from NASA. An investigator with over 200 publications, he has recently served as an associate editor for Annals of Neurology. In 2011, he was awarded the Biomarker Challenge Prize from the non-profit foundation Prize4Life, Inc for his work demonstrating that electrical impedance measurements of muscle could speed clinical therapeutic studies in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In 2019, he also received the prestigious Herman P. Schwan International Award in Electrical Bioimpedance and in 2021, the Innovation Award from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. These research efforts have led to the creation of two start-up companies, Haystack, Inc and Haystack Diagnostics, Inc, both focused on advancing neuromuscular diagnosis. His research efforts have recently been taking him into new directions, including the development of novel small-molecule and other therapies for the treatment of primary muscle and nerve disorders. 


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