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Emory University Researcher Awarded by AAN Foundation for Stroke Research

Tanya N. Turan, MD, Receives 2007 AAN Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowship

ST. PAUL, Minn – The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Foundation has awarded Tanya N. Turan, MD, of Emory University School of Medicine, and member of the AAN, a 2007 Clinical Research Training Fellowship. Turan’s research focuses on brain arteries related to stroke. She will receive the award during the American Academy of Neurology’s 59th Annual Meeting in Boston, held April 28 – May 5, 2007. The two-year fellowship is designed to support a young neurologist conducting clinical research in a mentored environment. Turan’s work seeks to understand the contributing factors in the development of intracranial atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of brain arteries). The condition has a particularly high risk of repeat stroke and is common across all ethnic groups, particularly minorities. “My research focuses on what factors predispose people to develop atherosclerosis in brain arteries,” said Turan. “This research will help physicians develop new treatments to prevent stroke in patients who are at high risk of repeat stroke.” Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of disability. The fellowship also provides tuition reimbursement for education in clinical research methodology. The fellowship is supported by the AAN Foundation Corporate Roundtable. The 59th Annual Meeting takes place in the Hynes Convention Center. It is the world’s largest annual gathering of neurologists.

The American Academy of Neurology Foundation works with the American Academy of Neurology to support education and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of neurologic disorders. The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 20,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research. 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, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. For more information, visit

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