American Neurological Association Announces Winners of 2021 Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments in Academic Neurology and Neuroscience

American Neurological Association Announces Winners of 2021 Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments in Academic Neurology and Neuroscience 

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, July 23, 2021 — The American Neurological Association (ANA),  the professional organization representing the world’s top academic neurologists and  neuroscientists, has announced the recipients of its 2021 scientific awards, to be  presented during the 146th ANA Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually from  October 17 - 19, 2021, with an Opening Symposium on October 16.  

These prestigious awards recognize leaders in academic neurology and neuroscience  who have exemplified excellence in research, teaching, and clinical practice across the  breadth of clinical neurology and neuroscience disciplines. 

“The individuals recognized this year are conducting exciting work that is transforming  our understanding of the brain and helping move treatment forward,” said ANA  President Justin C. McArthur, MBBS, MPH, Director of Johns Hopkins Department of  Neurology, and Professor of Neurology. “We hope that this recognition will inspire the  awardees to even greater achievements and encourage a new generation of physician scientists to pursue careers that bring research and teaching together with clinical  practice.”  

More than 900 of the world’s leading academic neurologists and neuroscientists  convene at the ANA Virtual Annual Meeting to share ground-breaking research and  updates on the diseases and conditions that affect more than 100 million Americans,  such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, neuromuscular disorders,  headache, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and  importantly, explore the body of research on the potential neurological connections  associated with the novel coronavirus.  

As a result of the global pandemic and concern for its members’ wellbeing, the ANA  announced it would meet virtually again this year with an interactive format that will  foster the networking and mentoring that is integral to this annual event.  

The ANA Awards will be bestowed during the Virtual Annual Meeting to the following  distinguished physician-scientists.


The Raymond D. Adams Lectureship honors Dr. Raymond D. Adams, emeritus  Bullard Professor of Neuropathy at Harvard Medical School and emeritus Chief of  Neurology Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  

  • Awarded to Eva L. Feldman, MD, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Presentation Title: “Recent Advances in ALS

The F.E. Bennett Memorial Lectureship was begun in 1979 to recognize outstanding  neuroscientists. 

  • Awarded to: Ingrid Scheffer, AO, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FAES, FAA, FRS,  PresFAHMS, University of Melbourne, Australia 
  • Presentation Title: “Genetic Basis of Epilepsy” 

The Soriano Lectureship was established in 1987 by ANA member Dr. Victor Soriano  and his wife to acknowledge a “brilliant lecture delivered by an outstanding scientist”  who is also a member of the Association. 

  • Awarded to: Avindra Nath, MD, National Institutes of Health 
  • Presentation Title: “Neurobiology of Covid-19” 
Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholars  

The Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholars Awards are clinical awards  given each year during the Annual Meeting to new members of the association who  have achieved significant stature in neurological research, and who show promise and  will continue making major contributions to the field of neurology.  

The Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award in Neuroscience 

  • Awarded to: Anabelle Singer, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory  University  
  • Presentation Title: “New Approaches to Alzheimer’s: From Neural Deficits to Neural Stimulation” 

The Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award in Basic Science 

  • Awarded to: Alexandra Nelson, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco 
  • Presentation Title: “The Striatal Origins of Action Selection and When They Fail"

The Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award in Clinical Science

  • Awarded to: Timothy Yu, MD, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Presentation Title: “Piloting Individualized Therapies for Orphan Neurogenetic  Disease” 

Research & Teaching Awards 

The Grass Foundation - ANA Award in Neuroscience established in 2007, honors  outstanding young investigators conducting research in basic or clinical neuroscience. 

  • Awarded to: Alberto Serrano-Pozo, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Presentation Title: “APOE Genotype and Reactive Glia Phenotypes in  Alzheimer's Disease

The Wolfe Neuropathy Research Prize was established in 2009 by Mr. Winston Wolfe  and the ANA to honor outstanding investigators who identify a new cause or novel  treatment of axonal peripheral neuropathy. 

  • Awarded to: Brett McCray, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Presentation Title: “Insights into the Pathogenesis of TRPV4 Neuropathy  Highlight the Therapeutic Potential of TRPV4 Ion Channel Inhibition” 

The Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award recognizes and rewards contributions  by gifted and talented teachers of neurology. Nominees come from the entire field of  clinical neurology or neuroscience. 

  •  Awarded to: Robert Lisak, MD, FRCP, FAAN, FANA, Wayne State University
  • Dr. Lisak is the Parker Webber Chair in Neurology, Professor of Neurology and of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at Wayne State University.

The Audrey S. Penn Lectureship Award is provided to ANA members who conduct  outstanding research, program-building, or educational scholarship to promote health  equity on health care disparities.

  •  Awarded to: Nicte Mejia, MD, MPH, FAAN, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Presentation Title: “Sustainability and Growth: the MGH Youth Neurology  Education and Research Program

  • Awarded to: Charlene Gamaldo, MD, FAAN, FANA, Johns Hopkins University  School of Medicine
  • Presentation Title: “Inclusive Healthcare: A Triple Tier Academic Approach

The ANA Awards for Excellence in the category of Outstanding Contribution in a  Senior Administrative Role was awarded for the first time this year. The award was  established in order to recognize outstanding enumerable contributions to the field of  neurology and neuroscience in the form of senior administrative roles over a sustained period of time. 

  • Awarded to: Walter Koroshetz, MD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders  and Stroke 

The ANA Awards for Excellence in the category of Service to the ANA was awarded  for the first time this year. This award was established to recognize an individual who  has made high impact contributions to the ANA in the form of service as an officer,  board member, committee chair, task force leader, or in some other administrative role  that results in substantial, meaningful, and measurable positive change in the ANA’s  ability to serve its membership and the field.

  • Awarded to: Allison W. Willis, MD, MS, University of Pennsylvania School of  Medicine
About ANA2021 

The 146th Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association (ANA2021) will be  held virtually from Sunday, October 17 through Tuesday, October 19, 2021 with a pre conference ANA-NINDS Career Development Symposium on Friday, October 15 and  the Opening Symposium on Saturday, October 16. More than 900 of the nation’s top  academic neurologists and neuroscientists, as well as students, trainees, and  international professionals will convene virtually to share research at the forefront of  neurology and neuroscience. 

This year’s Virtual Annual Meeting features a Presidential Symposium on “COVID-19  Pandemic: Population Impact and Responses, and Neurological Implications” and  plenary sessions which include: Advances in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Insights into  the Genetic Underpinning and Treatment of Epilepsy, and Hypoxic/Anoxic Injury in the CNS. 

Returning for its second year will be the Emerging Scholar Lecture Series, designed  exclusively for junior and early career annual meeting attendees. These sessions  provide the opportunity for junior and early career members to present in front of a full  virtual audience amongst their peer group. A detailed Advance Program is online at

Follow the meeting live using #ANA2021 on Twitter @TheNewANA1, on Facebook @AmericanNeurologicalAssociation, or on Instagram @ananeurology. 


The American Neurological Association is a professional society of academic  neurologists and neuroscientists devoted to advancing the goals of academic  neurology; to training and educating neurologists and other physicians in the neurologic  sciences; and to expanding both our understanding of diseases of the nervous system  and our ability to treat them. 

For more information, visit or follow @TheNewANA1 on Twitter,  @AmericanNeurologicalAssociation on Facebook, @American-Neurological Association on LinkedIn, or @ananeurology on Instagram.  


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