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American Academy of Neurology Announces 2015 Research Award Winners

WASHINGTON, DC – 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 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 18 – 25, 2015, at the Walter E. Washington 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. Aasef Shaikh, MD, PhD / Lakewood, OH S. Weir Mitchell Award Sponsored by the American Brain Foundation and endowed by the Alliance Founders and S. Weir Mitchell Permanent Endowment. Isaac Marin-Valencia, MD / Dallas, TX 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. Annapurna Poduri, MD, MPH / Boston, MA 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. Alastair Compston, MBBS, PhD / Cambridge, UK 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. Robert Bowser, PhD / Phoenix, AZ Adriano Chio, MD / Turin, Italy 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. Andrew Kayser, MD, PhD / San Francisco, CA 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. Robert Dworkin, PhD / Rochester, 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. Allison Willis, MD, MS / Philadelphia, PA International Scholarship Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology International Subcommittee. Mohammadkazem Bakhshandeh Bali / Tehran, Iran Lucio D'Anna / Portogruaro, Italy Hui-Fu Wang / Qingdao, China Lei Chen / Chengdu, China Antonella Macarello / London, England Charlotte Zerna / Dresden, Germany Rebekah Ahmed / Sydney, Austrailia Venugopalan Vishnu / Chandigarh, India Chamroeun Hun / Phnom Penh, Cambodia Manjunath Mahadevappa Poojar / Bangalore, India Lucia Schottlaender / London, England Ai Huey Tan / Cheras, Malaysia Fatai Akemoke / Benin City, Nigeria Lawrence C. McHenry Award: An Award for the History of Neurology Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. Michel Shamy, MD, MA / Ottawa, Canada Medical Student Essay Awards Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. Extended Neuroscience Award Sara Shams / Stockholm, Sweden G. Milton Shy Award in Clinical Neurology Stuart McCarter / Minneapolis, MN Roland P. Mackay Award in Historical Aspects Travis Urban / Galveston, TX Saul R. Korey Award in Experimental Neurology David Fischer / Boston, MA 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. Christopher Goetz, MD / Chicago, IL Neuroscience Research Prize Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, American Brain Foundation, and the Child Neurology Society. Yinge Zhao / Rego Park, NY Lauren Houle / Boca Raton, FL Monica Lee / Albertson, NY Neuro-oncology Investigator Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the AAN Neuro-oncology Section and supported by friends of Dr. Jerome Posner. Elizabeth Gerstner, MD, MS / Boston, MA Child Neurology Neuroscience Research Prize Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society. Amrita Mohanty / Woodbury, MN 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. Reisa Sperling, MD / Boston, MA Peter Davies, PhD / New York, NY Neuroendocrine Research Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and supported by friends of Dr. Andrew Herzog. Michael Rogawski, MD, PhD / Sacramento, CA Bruce S. Schoenberg International Award in Neuroepidemiology Endowed by GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. Stojan Peric, MD, PhD / Belgrade, Serbia Sleep Science Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the AAN Sleep Section and endowed by Cephalon, Inc. Thomas Scammell, MD / Boston, MA Harold Wolff-John Graham: An Award for Headache/Facial Pain Research Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Endo Pharmaceuticals. Henrik Schytz, MD, PhD / Glostrup, Denmark 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. Mark Wu, MD, PhD / Baltimore, MD

The American Academy of Neurology is the world's largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, with 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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