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Award Recipients

Learn more about each 2017 award recipient.

A.B. Baker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Neurologic Education

Funded by an endowment created by matching funds from the A.B. Baker Family Trust and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Harold P. Adams, Jr., MD, FAAN
Iowa City, IA

Alliance Awards: Founders

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by the former American Academy of Neurology Alliance.

Emer McGrath, MBChB
Boston, MA

Alliance Awards: S. Weir Mitchell

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by the former American Academy of Neurology Alliance.

Richard Ryan Darby, MD
Boston, MA

American Academy of Neurology President's Award

Anthony G. Alessi, MD, FAAN
Norwich, CT

American Brain Foundation Board Chair's Award

Sponsored by the American Brain Foundation.

Francis I. Kittredge, Jr., MD, FAAN
Bangor, ME

Association of Indian Neurologists in America (AINA) Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by the American Brain Foundation and endowed by the Association of Indian Neurologists in America (AINA).

Kapil D. Sethi, MD, FRCP, FAAN
Augusta, GA

Award for Creative Expression of Human Values in Neurology

Sponsored by the Ethics, Law, and Humanities Committee, a joint committee of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, and the Child Neurology Society.

Kathryn Wagner, MD, PhD
Baltimore, MD

Bruce S. Schoenberg International Award in Neuroepidemiology

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by GlaxoSmithKline, Inc.

Yogeshwar V. Kalkonde, MD
Maharashtra, India

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 Neuroscience, Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Pfizer Inc., Shire US Inc., and UCB Pharma.

William Stacey, MD, PhD
Ann Arbor, MI

H. Richard Tyler Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the AAN History Section.

Douglas Lanska, MD, FAAN
Tomah, WI

Harold Wolff-John Graham Award: An Award for Headache/Facial Pain Research

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Endo Pharmaceuticals.

Simple Futarmal Kothari, BDS, PhD
Aarhus, Denmark

International Scholarship Award

Alagoma Murtala Iyagba, MD
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Cyrus Escabillas, MD
Manila, Philippines
Fabio Henrique De Gobbi Porto, MD
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fei Han
Beijing, China
Fei-Fei Zhai
Beijing, China
Imen Kacem, MD
La Manouba, Tunis, Tunisia
Janet Masoud Ayad Ebid
Cairo, Egypt
JieQiong Li, PhD
Qingdao, Shandong, China
Julia Pakpoor, MBBS
Oxford, United Kingdom
Kiran Patil
Puducherry, India
Lin Tan
Qingdao, Shandong, China
Makoto Hara, MD
Tokyo, Japan
Miguel Wilken, MD
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Roosevelt Francois
Mirebalais, Haiti
Seid Gugssa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Irwin Schatz Award for Autonomic Disorders

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Lundbeck, Inc.

Phillip A. Low, MD, FAAN
Rochester, MN

John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and 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.

Alan J. Thompson, MD, FRCP, FAAN
London, United Kingdom

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, Dr. Dennis Gillings, and VelaPharma.

Marios Politis, MD, MSC, DIC, PhD, FEAN
London, United Kingdom

Kenneth M. Viste, Jr. MD Patient Advocate of the Year Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by gifts from Dr. Viste's colleagues, friends, and patients.

Elaine Jones, MD, FAAN
Bristol, RI

Lawrence C. McHenry Award: An Award for the History of Neurology

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology.

Christopher J. Boes, MD, FAAN
Rochester, MN

Medical Student Essay Awards

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology.

Extended Neuroscience Award
Aaron Bowen

Denver, CO
G. Milton Shy Award in Clinical Neurology
Moon Jeong Lee

Baltimore, MD
Roland P. Mackay Award in Historical Aspects
Bob Sun

Cleveland, OH
Saul R. Korey Award in Experimental Neurology
Chelsea Zhang

Dallas, TX

Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by Dr. Pessin’s family, friends, and colleagues.

James F. Burke, MD, MS
Ann Arbor, MI

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.

C. Peter N Watson, MD
Toronto, Ontario

Movement Disorders Research Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, and the AAN Movement Disorders Section and endowed by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Andrew Singleton, PhD
Bethesda, MD

Neuro-oncology Investigator Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and supported by friends of Dr. Jerome Posner.

Michelle Monje, MD, PhD
Stanford, CA

Neuro-oncology Scientific Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and supported by friends of Dr. WK Alfred Yung.

Mario Suva, MD, PhD
Boston, MA

Neuroendocrine Research Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and supported by friends of Dr. Andrew Herzog.

Gustavo Roman, MD, DrHC
Houston, TX

Neuroscience Research Prize

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society.

Pravin Ravishanker
Sunnyvale, CA
Tejas Athni
Macon, GA
Gokul Kannan
Highland, MD

Child Neurology Neuroscience Research Prize

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society.

Lauren Singer
Scarsdale, NY

Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed through Dr. Geschwind's family, friends, and colleagues, Pfizer Inc., and the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology.

Peter Turkeltaub, MD, PhD
Washington, DC

Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's, and Related Diseases

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation and funded through the philanthropy of the Potamkin family.

Claudia Kawas, MD
Irvine, CA
Kristine Yaffe, MD
San Francisco, CA

Safety and Quality Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology.

David Do, MD
Philadelphia, PA
Preston Douglas, MD
Maywood, IL
Raghav Govindarajan, MD
Columbia, MO
James E. Siegler III, MD
Philadelphia, PA

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 and the ALS Association.

John M. Ravits, MD, FAAN
La Jolla, CA

Sleep Science Award

Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Sleep Section and endowed by Cephalon, Inc.

Mark W. Mahowald, MD
Minneapolis, MN
Carlos H. Schenck, MD
Minneapolis, MN

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 Dr. Wayne A. Hening.

Tiffany Braley, MD, MS
Ann Arbor, MI

Research Program

CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Funded by the American Academy of Neurology.

Lidia Maria Moura, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Clinical Research Training Fellowship

ALS Research
Nicholas Olney, MD

University of California, San Francisco
Funded by the ALS Association.
Epilepsy
Adam Numis, MD

University of California, Los Angeles
Funded by Lundbeck.
Muscular Dystrophy
Johanna Hamel, MD

University of Rochester, Department of Neurology
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Parkinson’s Disease
Laurie Robak, MD, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine
Funded by Lundbeck.
Parkinson’s Disease
Michelle Fullard, MD

University of Pennsylvania
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
Parkinson’s Disease
Baijayanta Maiti, MD, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis
Funded by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and AbbVie.
Tourette Syndrome
Joseph McGuire, PhD

University of California Los Angeles
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the Tourette Association of America.
Tourette Syndrome
Flint Espil, PhD

Stanford University
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the Tourette Association of America.

Clinical Research Training Scholarship

Funded by the American Academy of Neurology.

Isaac Marin-Valencia, MD
The Rockefeller University
Melissa Cortez, DO
University of Utah
Afsaneh Shirani, MD
Washington University School of Medicine

Clinician-Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis

Ryan Schubert, MD
San Francisco, CA

Clinician-Scientist Development Three-Year Award in ALS Research

Funded by the ALS Association.

Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

Lawrence M. Brass, MD, Stroke Research Fellowship

Laura Graham, MPH
Birmingham, AL

Neurology Research Training Scholarship

Funded by the American Academy of Neurology.

Hsiao-Tuan Chao, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine

Practice Research Training Scholarship

Funded by the American Academy of Neurology.

Christopher Tarolli, MD
University of Rochester

Research Training Fellowship in Ataxia

Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation and the National Ataxia Foundation.

Jill Sergesketter Butler, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Robert Katzman Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Alzheimer's Research

Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Joel Salinas, MD, MBA, MSc
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship

Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, the American Epilepsy Society, and the Epilepsy Foundation.

Alice Lam, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

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