American Academy of Neurology announces research program recipients

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The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has announced the recipients of the 2016 AAN Research Program. This year’s program has awarded nearly US$3 million dollars toward neuroscience research and training. The individual awards will be presented during the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting (15–21 April, Vancouver, Canada).

Funding will support the following 2016 AAN Research Program recipients and projects:

Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation.
Santosh Murthy, MD, MPH, Weill Cornell Medical College Research Project: Central Nervous Inflammation in Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Temporal Changes and Clinical Outcomes Ellen Penney, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School Research Project: Molecular Insights from iPSC-Derived Models in X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism Caitlin Rollins, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Research Project: Fetal Brain Development in Congenital Heart Disease

Practice Research Training Fellowship
Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation.
Mia Minen, MD, MPH, New York University Langone Medical Center Research Project: Improving Health Outcomes in People with Migraine Seeking Care in the Emergency Department

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.
Paula Voinescu, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women Hospital Research Project: Consequences of Altering Antiepileptic Drugs for Pregnancy Planning in Women with Epilepsy

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Epilepsy Program funding by Lundbeck.
Vaishnav Krishnan, MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Research Project: The Role of Cbln1 in Mediating Seizure-Induced Impairments in Social Behavior

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 Research Project: Incorporating TeleCBIT into a Hospital-Based Tic Clinic

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.
Michael Hehir, MD, University of Vermont Research Project: Immunosuppressive Cost Unit: A Novel Method to Assess the Value and Cost of Immunosuppressant Side Effects

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Stroke Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and Genentech.
Chia-Ling Phuah, MBBChir(Cantab), Massachusetts General Hospital Research Project: Genetic Analyses of Inflammatory Pathways in Cerebral Small Vessel Disease

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Parkinson’s Disease Program funding by Lundbeck.
Katherine McDonell, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Research Project: Norepinephrine-targeted Therapy for Action Control in Parkinson Disease

Clinician-Scientist Development Three-Year Award in ALS Research Program funding by the ALS Association.
Lindsey Hayes, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Research Project: Pharmacodynamic Biomarker Development for C9ORF72 Antisense Therapy

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in ALS Research Program funding by the ALS Association.
Cindy Ly, MD, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis Research Project: Investigating Innate Immunity and Autophagy in TBK1-associated ALS

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 Research Project: Targeting Leptomeningeal Inflammation for Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis Program funding by Genzyme, a Sanofi Company.
Christopher Hemond, MD, Brigham & Women’s Hospital Research Project: A Longitudinal Study of Unique MS-MRI Phenotypes and Their Linkage to Immune Profiles

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 Research Project: Myelin-specific CD8+ T cell pathogenicity in multiple sclerosis

Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Alzheimer’s Disease Program funding by the Allergan Foundation.
Stephanie Buss, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Research Project: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Biomarker in Mild CognitiveImpairment Fanny Elahi, MD, DPhil, University of California, San Francisco Research Project: 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

Lawrence M. Brass, MD, Stroke Research Award Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Karen Hirsch, MD, Stanford University
Research Project: Post-cardiac Arrest Brain Injury: Novel Methodologies to Quantify Severity and Predict Outcome

The American Academy of Neurology, an association of 30,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centred neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.