Louise D. McCullough, M.D., Ph.D.
Louise D. McCullough, M.D., Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University will induct Dr. Louise McCullough, professor and the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Chair in the Department of Neurology at McGovern Medical School, into its Society of Scholars in early April.

Established in 1967 by the university’s board of trustees, the Society of Scholars honors distinguished former Johns Hopkins postdoctoral fellows and faculty who had formative experiences at the university early in their careers. McCullough, who also serves as chief of neurology service for Memorial Hermann-TMC, will be officially inducted during a ceremony April 9 in the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Officials will present McCullough with a university certificate and a medallion signifying her membership.

McCullough graduated with a medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and continued her training at Johns Hopkins for a neurology residency followed by a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease. She later joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins Hospital and began her translational research career before relocating to Connecticut and serving as a professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center and John Dempsey Hospital as well as director of stroke research and education at Hartford Hospital. McCullough has been with McGovern Medical School since 2015.

McCullough is known for her research identifying sex differences in cell death pathways during stroke, which are now recognized as major factors in the response to an ischemic insult. Her laboratory also studies aging and inflammation, and how these factors influence recovery after stroke. McCullough is the recent recipient of the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to study the impact of social isolation on stroke recovery. She was also awarded the American Heart Association Research Mentorship Award for her long history of mentorship and career development of clinical and basic science trainees.

The Society of Scholars – the first of its kind in the nation – was created in 1967 and inducts former postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral degree recipients, house staff and junior or visiting faculty who have served at least a year at Johns Hopkins and thereafter gained marked distinction elsewhere in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social or engineering sciences or in the humanities and for whom at least five years have elapsed since their last Johns Hopkins affiliation. There are currently over 670 members of the society from its inception until 2018.