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American Academy of Neurology Announces 2018 Scientific Research Award Winners

Nearly two dozen scientific research awards are being bestowed upon researchers around the world this year by the American Academy of Neurology, the world’s largest association of neurologists. Recipients will be honored at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

This year’s recipients include:

Founders Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by the former American Academy of Neurology Alliance.

Ezequiel Gleichgerrcht, MD / Charleston, S.C.

S. Weir Mitchell Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by the former American Academy of Neurology Alliance.

Eric C. Landsness, MD, PhD / Saint Louis, Mo.

Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by members of the American Academy of Neurology Epilepsy Section; Abbott Laboratories, Inc.; Cephalon, Inc.; Cyberonics, Inc.; Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline; Novartis Neuroscience; Ortho-McNeil Neurologics; Pfizer Inc; Shire US, Inc; and UCB Pharma.

Kathryn A. Davis, MD, MS, FAES / Philadelphia, Pa.

John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research

Presented by the American Academy of Neurology and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and made possible through a special contribution from the John Dystel Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Frederik Barkhof, MD, PhD / Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sheila Essey Award: An Award for ALS Research

Presented by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation and The ALS Association and supported through the philanthropy of the Essey Family and The ALS Association.

Timothy M. Miller MD, PhD / Saint Louis, Mo.

Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed through Dr. Geschwind’s family, friends and colleagues; Pfizer Inc.; and the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology.

Zachary Miller, MD / San Francisco, Calif.

Mitchell B. Max Award for Neuropathic Pain

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by the United States Cancer Pain Relief Committee, the Mayday Fund, and friends of Dr. Mitchell Max.

David M. Simpson, MD, FAAN / New York, N.Y.

Jon Stolk Award in Movement Disorders for Young Investigators

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Kyowa Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Lineberry Research; Quintiles; Dr. Dennis Gillings; and VelaPharma.

Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD / Iowa City, IA

International Scholarship Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Zemen Tadesse Abu / Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Dr. Vafa Alakbarzade / Plymouth, United Kingdom

Dr. Fabiola De Marchi / Novara, Italy

Dr. Federico Eberbach / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Arunmozhimaran Elavarasi / New Delhi, India

Dr. Nada Abdelhameed Elsaid / Mansoura, Egypt

Dr. Clare Angeli Enriquez / Manila, Phillipines

Dr. Kaushik Gowthaman / Chennai, India

Dr. Chiseko Ikenaga / Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Mariano Marrodan / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Sankaranarayanan Muthukani / Tamilnadu, India

Dr. Divya M. Radhakrishnan / New Delhi, India

Dr. Gerard Raimon M. Saranza / Manila, Phillipines

Dr. Elison Sarapura-Castro / Lima, Peru

Dr. Marianna Spatola / Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Irina Sharinova / Moscow, Russia

Dr. Chen-chen Tan / Qingdao, China

Dr. Joseph Kamtchum Tatuene / Blantyre, Malawi

Dr. Jiangtao Zhang / Beijing, China

Dr. Susanna M. Zuurbier/ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lawrence C. McHenry Award: An Award for the History of Neurology

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology.

Bart TH Lutters, BSc / Utrecht, Netherlands

Medical Student Essay Awards

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology.

G. Milton Shy Award in Clinical Neurology

Benjamin Wissel / Cincinnati, Ohio

Roland P. Mackay Award in Historical Aspects

Yi Tong / Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Saul R. Korey Award in Experimental Neurology

Kristen Martin / Burlington, Vt.

Medical Student Diversity Scholarships

Sponsored by a grant from the Allergan Foundation.

Nadir Bilici / Philadelphia, Pa.

Lauren B. Davis, MS Ed. / Philadelphia, Pa.

Maria E. Diaz Ortiz / Philadelphia, Pa.

Gabriella Garcia / Philadelphia, Pa.

Claudia I. Martinez / Houston, Texas

Monique Montenegro / Rochester, Minn.

Francis May / Cleveland, Ohio

Monika Pyarali / Houston, Texas

Joshua Vandeburgh / Kalamazoo, Mich.

Gregory Vurture / New York, N.Y.

Movement Disorders Research Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology; the Parkinson’s Foundation; and the American Academy of Neurology Movement Disorders Section and endowed by the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Irene Litvan, MD, FAAN / La Jolla, Calif.

Neuroendocrine Research Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and supported by friends of Dr. Andrew Herzog.

Ellen M. Mowry, MD, FAAN / Baltimore, Md.

Neuroscience Research Prize

Funded by the American Academy of Neurology.

Sarah Hoffman / Ossining, N.Y.

Alex Remnitz / Armonk, N.Y.

Jackie Stochel / Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Child Neurology Neuroscience Research Prize

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society.

Amy Shteyman / Great Neck, N.Y.

Neuro-oncology Investigator Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and supported by friends of Dr. Jerome Posner.

Milan Chheda, MD / Saint Louis, Mo.

Neuro-oncology Scientific Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and supported by friends of Dr. WK Alfred Yung.

Scott R. Plotkin, MD, PhD / Boston, Mass.

Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Dr. Pessin’s family, friends and colleagues.

Glen Jickling, MD, MSC, FRCP(C) / Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Diseases

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation and funded through the philanthropy of the Potamkin Family.

David A. Bennett, MD / Chicago, Ill.

Irwin Schatz Award for Autonomic Disorders

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Lundbeck, Inc.

David S. Goldstein, MD, PhD / Bethesda, Md.

Bruce S. Schoenberg International Award in Neuroepidemiology

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by GlaxoSmithKline, Inc.

Fred Sarfo, MD, PhD / Kumasi, Ghana

Sleep Science Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Neurology Sleep Section and endowed by Cephalon, Inc.

Bradley F. Boeve, MD / Rochester, Minn.

Harold Wolff-John Graham: An Award for Headache/Facial Pain Research

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Endo Pharmaceuticals.

William R. Renthal, MD, PhD / Boston, Mass.

Wayne A. Hening Sleep Medicine Investigator Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by UCB, Inc.; Lilly USA; Elite Home Medical & Respiratory, Inc.; Raleigh Neurology Associates; and friends of Wayne A. Hening.

Yo-El Ju, MD, MSCI / Saint Louis, Mo.

The American Academy of Neurology is the world’s largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, with over 34,000 members. The AAN is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

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