April 21-27 | Los Angeles

2018 AAN Annual Meeting

Advancing Neurology, Advancing You

Early Registration Deadline: March 29, 2018

Hotel Deadline: March 2, 2018

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Hear from more than 40 leading researchers presenting the latest advances in neuroscience at the meeting's seven plenary sessions—one each day beginning Saturday evening.

Hot Topics Plenary Session

Saturday, April 21 
4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Features translational research related to clinical issues of importance. Four outstanding physician-scientists will provide summaries of their recent research findings and describe the clinical implications of the results.

Presidential Plenary Session

Sunday, April 22
9:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Features the AAN's premier lecture awards for clinically relevant research and a presentation by a leading lecturer. Top researchers speak on some of the most significant findings in neurology in 2018.

Natalia S. Rost, MD, FAAN
Chair, AAN Science Committee










Presidential Lecture
California Dreaming: BRAIN and Precision Medicine in 2018
Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD









Sidney Carter Award in Child Neurology
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Is a Treatable Neurodegenerative Disease
Richard S. Finkel, MD
Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando, FL








George C. Cotzias Lecture
How Early-life Experiences Sculpt Your Brain: From Molecules to Circuits
Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD
University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA








Robert Wartenberg Lecture
Neuro-Oncology: How Cancer and the Nervous System Interact
Lisa M. DeAngelis, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Contemporary Clinical Issues Plenary Session

Monday, April 23
9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Highlights issues most critical to practicing neurologists, including abstracts related to new therapeutic developments, clinical applications of basic and translational research, and innovative technical developments. Commentary and discussion follow each presentation.

Clinical Trials Plenary Session

Tuesday, April 24
9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

This session covers important clinical topics identified from other society meetings that affect patient care. The latest updates within several clinical trials conducted over the course of the last year will be presented.

Frontiers in Neuroscience Plenary Session

Wednesday, April 25
9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

This plenary session features basic and translational research related to clinical issues of importance. Six outstanding physician-scientists provide summaries of their recent research findings and describe the clinical implications of the results.

Paul M. George, MD, PhD, MSE
Member, Science Committee









The Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia
Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA









Does Connectomics Make Sense?
Jeff Lichtman, MD, PhD
Harvard University, Boston, MA









Biology of Bedtime: Understanding Circadian Rhythms and Sleep
Amita Sehgal, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA









Combining Patient-Derived Cell and Animal Models to Uncover Epilepsy Mechanisms and Precision Therapies
Jack M. Parent, MD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI








BigBrain: A High Resolution 3D Digital Human Brain Atlas
Alan Evans, PhD
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada









Pediatric MS: A Unique Window into Environmental and Genetic Risk Factors for MS
Emmanuelle Waubant, MD, FAAN
University of San Francisco-California, San Francisco, CA

Controversies in Neurology Plenary Session

Thursday, April 26
9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 

Features experts discussing the most current and controversial issues in neuroscience in a debate-style format in which two speakers argue one side of a single topic, followed by a rebuttal. 


Neurology in Review Plenary Session

Friday, April 27
9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Features six speakers, each focusing on the latest research that has happened in the last year within a specific subspecialty topic.