ANA-Persyst IDEAS Professional Development Award

This award is provided to an individual who identifies as an underrepresented in medicine early career academic neurologist or neuroscientist and is an ANA member specializing in the field of epilepsy. This award is made possible through the generosity of the Persyst Development Corporation, the leading producer of EEG software.

Eligible Candidates:

  • Early career individuals defined as postdoc fellow, instructor or assistant professor
  • Actively working in the field of epilepsy
  • Individuals from that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in
    health-related sciences on a national basis (see data
    at and the report Women, Minorities, and
    Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). These groups include::
    • American Indians or Alaska Natives
    • Blacks or African Americans
    • Hispanics or Latinos
    • Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
  • Current ANA member in good standing
  • Agree to attend the ANA Annual meeting
  • Recipients are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract for presentation
  • Candidates who have submitted unsuccessfully in the past may reapply. Self-nominations are encouraged.


Recipients are determined by the ANA IDEAS Committee.

Application Requirements:

1. Nominee’s CV

2. Nomination Statement that discusses why the candidate should be selected for the award. This is an opportunity to showcase important work that may not be readily apparent from the CV. (Maximum of 300 words)

3. Proposed plan of how the award will be used for professional development. (Maximum 300 words).

4. Letter of recommendation from Chair or Division Director that includes their commitment to supporting the proposed professional development activities.



2022 Recipient: Wilfreda Lindsey, MD, MS


2023 Recipient: Tanya J. W. McDonald, MD, PhD