2019 International Outreach Travel Scholarship Recipients

The ANA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 International Outreach Travel Scholarship. Alexa King, MD (Northwestern University) and Leslie Hayes, MD (Boston Children's Hospital) will study and conduct research in Zambia and Rwanda respectively as recipients of the 2019 International Outreach Travel Scholarship. They were recognized at the ANA’s 144th Annual Meeting, held October 13- 5 in St. Louis.


ANA incoming President Justin McArthur and President David Holtzman with 2019 Leslie Hayes and Alexa King.


Alexa King and Leslie Hayes receive their certificates from Intertnational Outreach Committee Chairs Drs. Igor Koralnik and Gretchen Birbeck. 


The ANA established this travel scholarship in recognition of the shared goal among neurologists worldwide to reduce the burden of neurological disease through research, education, clinical care, and advocacy. The scholarship enables recipients who must be residents, fellows or junior faculty, current members of the ANA in good standing, and are training in neurology, the opportunity to work in low to lower-middle-income countries for a minimum of six weeks in the academic year following the receipt of the award. Candidates must apply and meet specific criteria to be considered.


Alexa King, MD -  Northwestern University

Dr. Alexa King will travel to Zambia to conduct research and asses the current knowledge of both women with epilepsy and healthcare providers about the challenges facing women with epilepsy of reproductive age in Lusaka, Zambia. An educational intervention will be done to improve healthcare provider comfort and knowledge in counseling women with epilepsy. 


Leslie Hayes, MD - Boston Children's Hospital

Dr. Leslie Hayes will travel to Rwanda where her research will include evaluating patients with acute flaccid paralysis ( AFP) in an ongoing study of how to better diagnose and manage. Additionally, objectives are to collect clinical data for cases and perform long term followup on cases to determine disability and quality of life outcomes. 

For more information regarding the ANA's International Outreach Travel Scholarship program contact Helen Mack, hmack@myana.org