U brain scientist receives American Legion’s top award

Portrait of Apostolos Georgopoulos, M.D., Ph.D.

Apostolos Georgopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., is well known for his research on posttraumatic stress disorder in military veterans. (Photo: Brady Willette)

Renowned neuroscience researcher Apostolos Georgopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded the American Legion Distinguished Service Medal in August. The award recognizes “outstanding service to the nation,” according to the American Legion, and Georgopoulos was selected for his decades of research into Gulf War Illness and traumatic brain injuries common among veterans.

The American Legion honor comes just months after the American Immigration Lawyers Association awarded Georgopoulos its 2017 Immigrant of Distinction Award for his significant contributions to medicine.

Georgopoulos, who also holds the American Legion Brain Sciences Chair, is director of the Brain Sciences Center at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System and a professor of neuroscience, neurology, and psychiatry in the Medical School. He also directs the University’s Center for Cognitive Sciences and is a leading authority on neural mechanisms underlying movement.  

Published on October 18, 2017