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AAN Foundation Awards $130,000 Fellowship in Alzheimer’s Research to UCSF Researcher

TORONTOThe American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association awarded the AAN Foundation Robert Katzman, MD, Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Alzheimer’s Research to Winston Chiong, MD, PhD. Chiong, a neurology resident at the University of California San Francisco in CA, was awarded the fellowship for his research titled “Cognitive Components of Vulnerability to Fraud in Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment.” The two-year award will consist of an annual salary of $55,000, plus a $10,000 per year in educational expenses. The award recognizes the importance of clinical research in Alzheimer’s disease and encourages young investigators in clinical studies. The fellowship will be formally presented during the American Academy of Neurology’s 62nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Clinical research is the fundamental transition stage between discovery and treatment. Clinical research provides the scientific basis for all forms of care, addresses patient and caregiver needs, and is the backbone for drug development and cost-effectiveness studies needed to improve lives. Fellowships provide recipients with up to three years of “protected time” with salary which allows them to continue important research projects in their chosen interests. There are currently an estimated 18 million people worldwide with Alzheimer’s disease. This figure is projected to nearly double by 2025. The 62nd Annual Meeting of the AAN takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 22,000 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, migraine, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and multiple sclerosis. For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit http://www.aan.com.


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