On November 21, 2019, Nova Scotia, Canada’s best and brightest were celebrated at the 2019 Discovery Awards for Science and Technology. Co-presented by Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University and in support of the Discovery Centre. A crowd of nearly 600 enjoyed the gala dinner.
Meet Dr. Sultan Darvesh. Nova Scotia’s Science Hall of Fame 2019 inductee.
Dr. Sultan Darvesh was inducted into the Discovery Centre Hall of Fame as a Professor of Neurology and Medical Neuroscience at Dalhousie University and currently holds the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation Irene MacDonald Sobey Chair in Curative Approaches to Alzheimer’s disease. He is also the Director of the Maritime Brain Tissue Bank and the former Assistant Dean, Research–Clinical Departments, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University.
As a multidisciplinary clinician-scientist, Dr. Darvesh is fortunate in that research is not only a vocation but also a beloved hobby. His multifaceted research program combines clinical and basic neuroscience. He has garnered global attention for recognizing the role of a specific enzyme, butyrylcholinesterase, in normal and diseased human brains. In this regard, he has mapped butyrylcholinesterase’s impact on cognition and behaviour, and confirmed that its distribution is altered in brains affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Darvesh is a true champion of research and advocacy across every aspect of his career. While his intense drive and enthusiasm as a researcher sets him apart, his empathy for patients and his ability to inspire his students make him an exceptional leader in neurodegenerative disorders.