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American Academy of Neurology Announces 2016 Research Award Winners

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – 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 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21, 2016, at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This year’s recipients include: Founders Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by the former American Academy of Neurology Alliance. Michelle P. Lin, MD, MPH / Los Angeles, Calif. S. Weir Mitchell Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by the former American Academy of Neurology Alliance. Aaron D. Boes, MD, PhD / Boston, Mass. 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. Alexander Rotenberg, MD, PhD / Boston, Mass. 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. Claudia F. Lucchinetti, MD, FAAN / Rochester, Minn. 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. Ammar Al-Chalabi, PhD FRCP / London, England 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. Madhav R. Thambisetty, MBBS, DPhil / Baltimore, Md. 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. Michael C. Rowbotham, MD / San Francisco, Calif. 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. Ken Nakamura, MD, PhD / San Francisco, Calif. International Scholarship Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. Lucas Alessandro, MD / Buenos Aires, Argentina Andrea Barp, MD / Padova, Italy Leyla Baysal Kirac, MD / Istanbul, Turkey Carlos Camara-Lemarroy, MD / Monterrey, Mexico Valentina Damato, MD / Rome, Italy Milena de Albuquerque, MD / Campinas, Brazil Ranhel De Roxas, MD / Batangas, Philippines Mauricio Farez, MD, MPH / Buenos Aires, Argentina Inigo Gabilondo Cuellar, MD, PhD / Bilbao, Spain Jyh Yung Hor, MD, MMed, MRCP / Penang, Malaysia Anne-Katrin Proebstel, MD / Basel, Switzerland Roopa Rajan, MD / Trivandrum, India Agnes van Sonderen, MD / The Hague, Netherlands Lawrence C. McHenry Award: An Award for the History of Neurology Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. Kimberly Fleuren / Heerlen, Netherlands Peter J. Koehler, MD, PhD, FAAN / Heerlen, Netherlands Medical Student Essay Awards Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. Extended Neuroscience Award Stuart McCarter / Minneapolis, Minn. G. Milton Shy Award in Clinical Neurology Diederik Koelman / Amsterdam, Netherlands Roland P. Mackay Award in Historical Aspects Jennifer Romine / Indianapolis, Ind. Saul R. Korey Award in Experimental Neurology Benjamin Jacobs / London, England The Minority Scholars Program Sponsored by a grant from the Allergan Foundation and Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Modupe Adegoke / Pennsylvania, Pa. Christine Boone / Baltimore, Md. Joshua Budhu / Atlanta, Ga. Rachelle Dugue / Brooklyn, N.Y. Claudia Gambrah Sampaney / Philadelphia, Pa. Aimee Juan / Philadelphia, Pa. Belinda Nhundu / New Haven, Conn. Daniella Sisniega / Boston, Mass. Fatima Traore / Valhalla, N.Y. Aynara Wulsin / Cincinnati, Ohio Movement Disorders Research Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation through an endowment. Susan B. Bressman, MD, FAAN / New York, N.Y. Neuroendocrine Research Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and supported by friends of Dr. Andrew Herzog. Riley Bove, MD / San Francisco, Calif. Neuroscience Research Prize Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society. Brian Singer / Armonk, N.Y. Swathi Srinivasan / Beachwood, Ohio Han Xu / Scarsdale, N.Y Child Neurology Neuroscience Research Prize Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society. Ryan Infante / Armonk, N.Y. Neuro-oncology Investigator Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by the AAN Neuro-oncology Section and supported by friends of Dr. Jerome Posner. Eudocia Lee, MD / Boston, Mass. Neuro-oncology Scientific Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the AAN Neuro-oncology Section and supported by friends of Dr. WK Alfred Yung. Jeremy N. Rich, MD / Cleveland, Ohio Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Dr. Pessin's family, friends and colleagues. Bijoy Menon, MD / Calgary, Alta., Canada Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Diseases Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and funded through the philanthropy of the Potamkin Family. Rosa Rademakers, PhD / Jacksonville, Fla. Bryan Traynor, MD, PhD / Bethesda, Md. Bruce S. Schoenberg International Award in Neuroepidemiology Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. Rufus O. Akinyemi, MD / Ibadan, Nigeria Sleep Science Award Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the AAN Sleep Section and endowed by Cephalon, Inc. Juliane Winkelmann, MD / Palo Alto, Calif. Harold Wolff-John Graham: An Award for Headache/Facial Pain Research Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Endo Pharmaceuticals. Catherine Chong, PhD / Phoenix, Ariz. 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. Bryce Mander, PhD / Berkeley, Calif.

The American Academy of Neurology is the world's largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, with 32,000 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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