- Professional Experience – Professor, Mayo Clinic
- Post Doctoral Training – Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
- PhD – Neuroscience, Case Western Reserve University
- BA – Zoology, Connecticut College
Dr. Eckman is the Director of Research and Academic Affairs at MANA, and the Director for Translational Sciences at Atlantic Health. He moved into these directorship roles following a distinguished research career. Prior to joining MANA, Dr. Eckman served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and at the same time directed the Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Disease Therapeutics. Dr. Eckman holds four U.S. patents and has been awarded over 40 licensed invention certificates from the Mayo Foundation. He has authored more than 80 articles in leading journals, such as Science, Nature, Nature Medicine, Neuron, The Journal of Neuroscience, The Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition to his work in pediatric metabolic diseases, Dr. Eckman was named one of the top 100 most-cited researchers in Alzheimer’s disease research. He is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology and the Journal of Current Alzheimer’s Research. He is a permanent reviewer of multiple NIH study sections, and regularly consults for multiple journals, other government agencies and foundations. Dr. Eckman is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of Aging in Manhattan.
In his role at MANA, Dr. Eckman is responsible for building upon the existing research programs at MANA, identifying the most promising areas for neonatal research development, and establishing new research programs that will enhance the care of critically ill and premature infants. His experience in research administration and development has enhanced MANA’s research program and solidified its reputation as a neonatal research center. Dr. Eckman directs projects to identify and evaluate novel neonatal therapeutics, and assess mediators of neonatal brain injury and neurodevelopment.