Established in 1948, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is an international professional association of more than 34,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. 

The AAN is strongly committed to this mission, focusing its efforts in areas such as: 

  • Developing clinical practice guidelines to assist members and the public in clinical decision-making related to the prevention, treatment, and prognosis of neurologic disorders
  • Advocating on behalf of its members, their patients, and the profession of neurology to ensure that patients have access to high-quality care
  • Providing unparalleled continuing medical education and training resources for members, including the AAN Annual Meeting where physicians from around the world come to teach, learn, and share the latest scientific research
  • Publishing Neurology®, the leading clinical neurology journal worldwide, published 48 times per year, and other publications, including Brain & Life™, a free bimonthly magazine for neurology patients, their families, and caregivers
  • Supporting and promoting neurologic research, including clinical research training fellowships, awards, and scholarships


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, brain injury, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.