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American Academy of Neurology Announces 2014 Research Award Winners

PHILADELPHIA – 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. The awards will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia April 26-May 3, 2013, at the Philadelphia Convention Center. This year’s recipients include: Founders Award Sponsored by the American Brain Foundation and endowed by the Alliance Founders and S. Weir Mitchell Permanent Endowment. Shennan Weiss, MD, PhD / New York, NY S. Weir Mitchell Award Sponsored by the American Brain Foundation and endowed by the Alliance Founders and S. Weir Mitchell Permanent Endowment. Michael D. Fox, MD, PhD / Newton, MA Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by members of the AAN Epilepsy Section; Abbott Laboratories, Inc.; Cephalon, Inc.; Cyberonics, Inc.; Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline; Novartis Pharmaceuticals; Ortho-McNeil Neurologics; Pfizer Inc; Shire US, Inc; and UCB Pharma. Catherine Schevon, MD, PhD / New York, NY 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. Barry Arnason, MD / Chicago, IL Sheila Essey Award: An Award for ALS Research Presented by the American Academy of Neurology and The ALS Association and supported through the philanthropy of the Essey Family Fund and The ALS Association. Jeremy Shefner, MD, PhD / New York, NY Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the AAN Behavioral Neurology Section and endowed through Dr. Geschwind's family, friends and colleagues; Pfizer Inc; and the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology. Roy Hamilton, MD, MS / Philadelphia, PA 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. Kathleen Foley, MD / New York, NY 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, and Dr. Dennis Gillings. Alice Chen-Plotkin, MD / Philadelphia, PA Association of Indian Neurologists in America (AINA) Lifetime Achievement Award Endowed by the Association of Indian Neurologists in America (AINA). Avindra Nath, MBBS, FAAN / Bethesda, MD International Scholarship Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology International Subcommittee. Mohammadkazem Bakhshandeh Bali / Tehran, Iran Prasanna Venkatesan Eswaradass / Salem, India Meng-Shan Tan / Qingdao, China Teng Jiang / Qingdao, China Yael Hacohen / London, United Kingdom Ruth Dobson / London, United Kingdom Marta Campagnolo / Padova, Italy Dimitra Papadimitriou / Athens, Greece Chiara Dalla Torre / Padova, Italy Julieta E. Arena, MD / Buenos Aires, Argentina Alberto R M Martinez, MD / Campinas, Sao Paulo Francisco Varela / Buenos Aires, Argentina Jorge Jesús Llibre / Havana, Cuba Lawrence C. McHenry Award: An Award for the History of Neurology Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. Farrah Mateen, MD, PhD / Boston, MA Christopher Boes, MD / Rochester, MN Medical Student Essay Awards Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. Extended Neuroscience Award Ran (Richard) Liu, MSc / Vancouver, British Columbia G. Milton Shy Award in Clinical Neurology David Asuzu, PhD / New Haven, CT Roland P. Mackay Award in Historical Aspects Trent Hodgson / Chicago, IL Saul R. Korey Award in Experimental Neurology Jessica Shields / New Orleans, LA Movement Disorders Research Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, and the AAN Movement Disorders Section and endowed by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Eduardo Tolosa, MD, PhD / Barcelona, Spain Neuroscience Research Prize Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, American Brain Foundation, and the Child Neurology Society. Charlotte Herber / Pound Ridge, NY Stefanie Henry / Brooklyn, NY Lisa Michaels / Plano, TX Child Neurology Neuroscience Research Prize Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society. Laura Herman / Fort Lauderdale, FL Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Dr. Pessin's family, friends and colleagues. Hooman Kamel, MD / New York, NY Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Diseases Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation and funded through the philanthropy of the Potamkin Family. M.-Marsel Mesulam, MD / Chicago, IL Neuroendocrine Research Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and supported by friends of Dr. Andrew Herzog. Stafford Lightman, MB BCHir, MRCP, PhD, FRCP / Bristol, United Kingdom Bruce S. Schoenberg International Award in Neuroepidemiology Endowed by GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. Devender Bhalla, PhD / Limoges, France Sleep Science Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the AAN Sleep Section and endowed by Cephalon, Inc. Claudia Trenkwalder, MD / Kassel, Germany Harold Wolff-John Graham: An Award for Headache/Facial Pain Research Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Endo Pharmaceuticals. Jakob Møller Hansen, MD, PhD / Los Angeles, CA 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. Aleksandar Videnovic, MD, MSc / Boston, MA

The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 28,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, 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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