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AAN Research Program

The AAN has launched an ambitious research program, furthering our commitment to make a profound difference in the lives of researchers and patients.

The addition of two new prestigious awards to the program-Career Development Award and Neurology Research Training Scholarship-marks the AAN's pledge to support all types of research. The new opportunities are a reflection of the AAN Board of Directors' dedication to promote neurology  and neuroscience research and training.  

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2017 Opportunities

Career Development Award

Career Development Award

Neurology Research Training Scholarship

Neurology Research Training Scholarship

Clinical Research Training Scholarship (Fellowship)

Clinical Research Training Scholarship (Fellowship)

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in ALS Research

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Epilepsy

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Muscular Dystrophy

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Parkinson's Disease - Funded by Lundbeck

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Parkinson's Disease - Cosponsored by the AAN, American Brain Foundation, and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Tourette Syndrome

Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship

Research Training Scholarship (Fellowship)

Research Training Fellowship in Ataxia

Robert Katzman Research Training Fellowship in Alzheimer's and Dementia Research

Clinician-Scientist Development Award

Clinician-Scientist Development Three-Year Award in Multiple Sclerosis

The deadline for this award has passed - please check back in 2017. 

Clinician-Scientist Development Three-Year Award in ALS Research

Practice Research Training Scholarship (Fellowship)

Practice Research Training Scholarship (Fellowship)

Mentored Clinical and Population Research Award

Lawrence M. Brass, MD, Stroke Research Award

The deadline for this award has passed - please check back in 2017. 

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Program

Scientific and medical communities have called the shortage of investigators a crisis that will impact far more than the 50 million Americans currently affected by a neurologic disease.

Recognizing this critical need for neurology research, the AAN has dedicated its grant-making efforts.

NIH funding for neurologic research has remained the same for the last four years and competition for NIH funds has intensified. The increase in the AAN fellowships has kept the dream alive for many of our clinician-researchers.

AAN recipients have gone on to receive NIH funding at record levels. These awards are the first step to a broader base of support.

Past Recipients

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

2016

American Brain Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation

  • Ellen Penney, MD, PhD
    Harvard Medical School
    Molecular Insights from iPSC-Derived Models in X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism
    Mentor: Nutan Sharma, MD, PhD
  • Caitlin Rollins, MD
    Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
    Fetal Brain Development in Congenital Heart Disease
    Mentor:  Janet Soul, MD,CM, FRCPC 
  • Santosh Murthy, MD, MPH
    Weill Cornell Medical College
    Central Nervous Inflammation in Spontaneous Intracerebral hemorrhage: Temporal Changes and Clinical Outcomes
    Mentor: Constantino Iadecola, MD

Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the Epilepsy Foundation 

  • Paula Voinescu, MD, PhD
    Brigham and Women Hospital
    Consequences of Altering Antiepileptic Drugs for Pregnancy Planning in Women with Epilepsy
    Mentor: Page Pennell, MD

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Epilepsy
Funded by Lundbeck

  • Vaishnav Krishnan, MD, PhD
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    The Role of Cbln1 in Mediating Seizure-Induced Impairments in Social Behavior
    Mentor: Matthew Anderson, MD, PhD

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Tourette Syndrome
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the Tourette Association of America

  • Matthew Capriotti, PhD
    University of California, San Francisco
    Integrating Tele-Behavior Therapy Services Into a Hospital-Based Tic Clinic
    Mentor: Carol Matthews, MD 

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Stroke
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and Genentech

  • Chia-Ling Phuah, MBBChir, MA, BA
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Genetic Analyses of Inflammatory Pathways in Cerebral Small Vessel Disease
    Mentor: Jonathan Rosand, MD

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Parkinsons's Disease
Funded by Lundbeck

  • Katherine McDonell, MD
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Norepinephrine-targeted Therapy for Action Control in Parkinson Disease
    Mentor: David Robertson, MD

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in ALS Research
Funded by the ALS Association

  • Cindy Ly, MD, PhD
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Investigating Innate Immunity and Autophagy in TBK1-associated AL
    Mentor: Timothy Miller, MD, PhD

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis
Funded by the Allergan Foundation

  • Christopher Hemond, MD
    Brigham & Women's Hospital
    A Longitudinal Study of Unique MS-MRI Phenotypes and their Linkage to Immune Profiles
    Mentor: Rohit Bakshi, MD, MA

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Alzheimer's Disease
Funded by the Allergan Foundation

  • Fanny Elahi, MD, DPhil
    University of California San Francisco
    Disentangling Contributions from Chronic Inflammation, Cerebral Amyloid Burden and White Matter Integrity to Age-related Cognitive Decline in a Longitudinal Cohort of Functionally Intact Older Adults
    Mentor: Joel Kramer, PhD
  • Stephanie Buss, MD
    Beth Israel Deacones Medical Center
    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Biomarker in Mild Cognitive Impairment
    Mentor: Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD

2015

American Brain Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation

  • Felicia Chow, MD
    University of California, San Francisco
    HIV and Sex Effects on Cerebrovasuclar Function and Stroke Risk
    Mentor: Richard Price
  • Albert Davis, MD
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Regulation of Alpha-synuclein Aggregation by apoE Isoforms
    Mentor: David Holtzman, MD, FAAN
  • Gregory Day, MD, MSc
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Measuring Neuronal Loss and Impact on Cognitive Outcomes in Antibody-mediated Enchephalopathy
    Mentor: John Morris, MD, FAAN
  • Corey Fehnel, MD
    Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University
    Improving Prediction of Hospital Readmission Following Acute Ishemic Stroke
    Mentor: Vincent Mor, Phd, MEd
  • Carolyn Fredericks, MD
    University of California, San Francisco
    Clinical Characterization and Functional Connectivity in Neuronal Cell-surface Antibody-mediated Encephalitis
    Mentor: Michael Geschwind, MD, PhD
  • Emily Gilmore, MD
    Yale University
    Understanding Potentially Harmful EEG Patterns in Patients with Acute Brain Injury and Critical Illness
    Mentor: Kevin N. Sheth, MD
  • Todd Herrington, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Effect of Phasic Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus on Gambling Behavior
    Mentor: Emad Eskandar, MD
  • Inge Meijer, MD, PhD
    CHUSJ-Montreal University
    Genetics of Childhood Dystonia Syndromes
    Mentor: Rachel Saunders-Pullman, MD
  • Dona Murphy, MD
    Bayer College of Medicine
    Revealing the Role of ACTH in Cortical Circuit Development
    Mentor: Benjamin Arenkiel, MD
  • Nigel Pedersen, MBBS
    BIDMC
    The Mammillary Region in Epilepsy? Investigation and Intervention
    Mentor: Clifford Saper, MD, PhD, FAAN
  • William Renthal, MD
    Harvard Medical School
    Control of Gene Length as a Novel Therapeutic Approach for Rett Syndrome
    Mentor: Michael Greenberg, MD
  • Mathula Thangarajh, MD, PhD
    Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
    Steroid-responsive Pharmacodynamic Biomarkers in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
    Mentor: Eric Hoffman, PhD

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in the Neurological Application of Neurtoxins
Funded by the Allergan Foundation

  • Wei Hu, MD, PhD
    University of Florida
    Combined Therapy with rTMS and Botulinum Toxin in Primary Cervical Dystonia
    Mentor: Aparna Wagle Shukla, MD
  • David Schmerler, DO
    University of Cincinnati
    OnabotulinumtoxinA in the Management of Psychogenic Dystonia: A Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo Controlled, Proof-of-conept Study
    Mentor: Alberto Espay, MD, FAAN

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in ALS Research
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the ALS Association

  • Hristelina Ilieva, MD
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    Cerebro-spinal Fluid Analysis in Patients with C9ORF72 Hexanucleotide Expansion
    Mentor: Jeffery Rothstein, MD, PhD

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in MS
Funded by Genzyme, a Sanofi Company

  • Vanessa Beynon, MD
    Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Regulation of Human Tr1 Cell Differentiation by IL-27-Mechanism and role in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    Mentor: Howard Weiner, MD

Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Epilepsy
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, the American Epilepsy Society, and the Epilepsy Foundation

  • Leigh Sepeta, PhD
    Children's National Medical Center
    Mapping Memory in Pediatric Epilepsy
    Mentor: William Gaillard, MD

2013

American Brain Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowships 

  • Brian Wainger, MD, PhD
  • April Levin, MD
  • Jasmeer Chhatwal, MD, PhD
  • Michael Wilson, MD
  • Michael Fox, MD, PhD
  • Michael Ward, MD, PhD
  • Rizwan Akhtar, MD, PhD
  • Paul George, MSE, MD, PhD

Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Epilepsy

  • Robert Kotloski, MD, PhD

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis

  • Joseph Glykys, MD, PhD

Clinical Research Training Fellowships in Neurotoxins

  • Nada Hindiyeh, MD
  • Veronica Bruno, MD

2012

American Brain Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowships

  • Christopher Anderson, MD, PhD  
  • An Hong Do, MD
  • Thalia S. Field, MD
  • Vikas Kotagal, MD
  • Corneliu C. Luca, MD, PhD
  • Kiran Maski, MD
  • Carolina Barnett-Tapia, MD
  • Mwiza Ushe, MD
  • Jeffrey Waugh, MD, PhD
  • M. Brandon Westover, MD, PhD

American Brain Foundation/Alzheimer's Association Robert Katzman, MD Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Alzheimer's Research

  • Suzanne Schindler, MD, PhD

American Brain Foundation/American Epilepsy Society/Epilepsy Foundation Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Epilepsy

  • Anli Liu, MD, MA

2011

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Nazem Atassi, MD
  • Jorg Dietrich, MD, PhD
  • Sheng-Han Kuo, MD
  • Doris Leung, MD
  • Jee Hoon Roh, MD
  • Omar Siddiqi, MD
  • Tomo Tarui, MD
  • Peter Tsai, MD, PhD
  • Robert White, MD, PhD
  • Catherine Chu-Shore, MD

This fellowship is supported by the American Academy of Neurology, the AAN Foundation, and the AAN Foundation Corporate Roundtable.

  • Jeffrey Marc Gelfand, MD

AAN Foundation/AES/Epilepsy Foundation Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship In Epilepsy Recipient

  • Piero Perucca, MD

2010

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Vikram Khurana, MD, PhD
  • Suzanne Goh, MD
  • William C. Kreisl, MD
  • Khalid A. Hanafy, MD, PhD
  • Michael Kruer, MD
  • Eugenia Ho, MD
  • Kevin Sheth, MD
  • Nicte Mejia, MD

AAN Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Stroke

  • Sharon Poisson, MD

AAN Foundation Robert Katzman, MD, Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Alzheimer's Research

  • Winston Chiong, MD, PhD

2009

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Daniel O. Claassen, MD
  • Rachel Goldmann Gross, MD
  • Chad Hales, MD, PhD
  • William Taylor Kimberly, MD, PhD
  • Andrew Lim, MD
  • Jonathan Lipton, MD, PhD
  • Sashank Prasad, MD
  • Lesli E. Skolarus, MD
  • Peter Turkeltaub, MD, PhD
  • Martina Vendrame, MD, PhD

AAN Foundation Corporate Roundtable
Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipient

  • Toni Pearson, MD

2008

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Meredith Barad, MD
  • Sarah Barnett, MD, MPH
  • Michelle Burack, MD, PhD
  • Emily L. Ho, MD, PhD
  • Shafali Jeste, MD
  • Eric Klawiter, MD
  • Beth Leeman, MA, MD
  • Michael Levy, MD
  • Aaron McMurtray, MD
  • Marta San Luciano, MD
  • Peter K. Todd, MD, PhD
  • William T. Hu, MD, PhD  
    American Academy of Neurology Corporate Roundtable Clinical Research Training Fellowship

2007

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Brent L. Fogel, MD, PhD
  • Omar Khwaja, MD
  • Tanya N. Turan, MD
  • Adeline Vanderver, MD  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation Corporate Roundtable Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • Jeremiah M. Schaaf, MD, PhD  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowship Raymond Adams
  • Julie Ann Siegenthaler, PhD  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation/AHA/ASA Lawrence M. Brass, MD. Stroke Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

2006

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Latisha K. Ali, MD
  • Ray Dorsey, MD
  • Roy Hamilton, MD, MS
  • Michael Benatar, MBChB, DPhil  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation and ALSA Clinical Research Fellowship
  • Benzi M. Kluger, MD  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation Corporate Roundtable Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • John Hixson, MD  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • C. N. Madhavarao, PhD  
    Canavan Clinical Research Training Fellowship

2005

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Yoon-Hee Cha, MD
  • Annapurna Poduri, MD
  • C. Adam Kirton, MD, MSc  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation Corporate Roundtable Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • Cindy Zadikoff, MD

2004

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Wendy Ziai, MD
  • Randall Bateman, MD  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation Corporate Roundtable Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • Lisa Silbert, MD
  • Scott McPhee, MD  
    Canavan Clinical Research Training Fellowship

2003

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Deborah Hall, MD
  • Joel I. Shenker, MD, PhD  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation Corporate Roundtable Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • Eric E. Smith, MD

2002

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, MD
  • Lara M. Schrader, MD  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation Corporate Roundtable Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • Cassandra J. Milling, MD

2001

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Fredy Revilla, MD  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation Corporate Roundtable Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • Jocelyn Bautista, MD
  • John W. Cole, MD

2000

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Thomas Jeerakathil, MD, BSC
  • Romergryko G. Geocadin, MD  
    American Academy of Neurology Foundation Corporate Roundtable Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • Jonathan Rosand, MD
  • Michael S. Okun, MD Roche Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Movement Disorders

1999

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipients

  • Bradford B. Worrall, MD, MSc
  • Catherine Lomen Hoerth, MD, PhD
  • Steve S. Chung, MD Astra Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Epilepsy
  • Kathy Ann Kujawa, MD, PhD
    Roche Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Movement Disorders

1996

Clinical Research Training Fellowship Recipient

  • Merit E. Cudkowicz, MD, MSC
Clinician-scientist Development Award Recipients

2016

Clinician-Scientist Development Three-Year Award in Myasthenia Gravis and Related Disorders of the Neuromuscular Junction
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation and the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

  • Micheal Hehir, MD
    University of Vermont
    Immunosuppressive Cost Unit: A Novel Method to Assess the Value and Cost of Immunosuppressant Side Effects
    Mentor: Ted Burns, MD

Clinician-Scientist Development Three-Year Award in ALS Research
Funded by the ALS Association

  • Lindsey Hayes, MD, PhD
    Johns Hopkins University
    Pharmacodynamic Biomarker Development for C9ORF72 Antisense Therapy
    Mentor: Jeffrey Rothstein, MD, PhD

John F. Kurtzke, MD, FAAN Clinician-Scientist Development Three-Year Award in Multiple Sclerosis
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers

  • Pavan Bhargava, MBBS, MD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Targeting Leptomeningeal Inflammation for Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
    Mentor: Peter Calabresi, MD, FAAN, FANA

Lawrence M. Brass, MD, Stroke Research Fellowship
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke

  • Karen Hirsch, MD
    Stanford University
    Post-cardiac Arrest Brain Injury: Novel Methodologies to Quantify Severity and Predict Outcome
    Mentor: Gregory Albers, MD

Clinician-Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the National MS Society

  • Joseph Sabatino, MD, PhD
    University of California, San Francisco
    Myelin-specific CD8+ T cell Pathogenicity in Multiple Sclerosis
    Mentor: Scott Zamvil, MD, PhD

2015

Clinician-Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the National MS Society

  • Michael Kornberg, MD, PhD
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    The Role and Therapeutic Potential of Nitric Oxide-induced Nuclear GAPDH Signaling in Multiple Sclerosis
    Mentor: Soloman Snyder, MD

Lawrence M. Brass, MD, Stroke Research Fellowship
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

  • Sunil Sheth, MD
    University of California, Los Angeles, CA
    Characterization of Lipid Biomarkers in the Detection, Prognosis, and Time Course of Acute Ischemic Stroke
    Mentor: Nestor Gonzalez, MD

 2014
Richardo Roda, MD, PhD

Clinician Scientist Development Three-year Award in Myasthenia Gravis and Related Disorders of the Neuromuscular Junction

Mathew Schindler, MD, PhD
Clinician Scientist Development Three-year Award in Multiple Sclerosis

Amber Van Laar, MD
Clinician Scientist Development Three-year Award in Parkinson's Diseas

 2013
Riley Bove, MD

Clinician Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

James Berry, MD, PhD
Clinician Scientist Development Award in ALS Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the ALS Association

 2012
Matthew Bellizzi, MD

Clinician Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

2011
Vikram Khurana, MD, PhD

Clinician Scientist Development Award in Parkinson's Disease Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation

Steve Han, MD, PhD
Clinician Scientist Development Award in ALS Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the ALS Association

Salim Chahin. MD
Clinician Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

 2010
Zongqi Xia, MD, PhD

Clinician Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Gabriele De Luca, MD, PhD
Clinician Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

 2009
Swati Aggarwal, MD

Clinician Scientist Development Award in ALS Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the ALS Association

2008
Christophe Severson, MD

Clinician Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Aleksandar Videnovic, MD, MSc
Clinician Scientist Development Award in Parkinson's Disease Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation

 2007
Amy Waldman, MD

Clinician Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

2005
Ari Green, MD

Clinician Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis Cosponsored by the American Brain Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Practice Research Training Fellowship Recipients

2016
Mia Minen, MD, MPH
NYU Langone Medical Center

2015
Benjamin Tolchin, MD
Bringham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

2014
David Hwang, MD
Yale School of Medicine

2013
Michelle Kvalsund, DO, MS
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

2012  
Holly E. Hinson, MD 
Oregon Health and Science University 
  
2011  
Douglas M. Sproule, MD 
Columbia University 
  
2010  
Farrah Mateen, MD 
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 
  
2008  
Ana-Claire Meyer, MD 
UCLA

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Recipients

2014
AAN Foundation/American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Lawrence M. Brass Stroke Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Stroke:Amin Khalifeh Soltani, MD, PhD

2013
AAN Foundation/American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Lawrence M. Brass Stroke Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Stroke: Clotilde Balucani, MD, PhD

2012
AAN Foundation/American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Lawrence M. Brass Stroke Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Stroke: Adina Al Hazzouri, PhD, MS

2007
AAN Foundation/American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Lawrence M. Brass Stroke Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Stroke: Julie Anne Siegenthaler, PhD

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