Annual Meeting Travel Awards

Each year the ANA selects the top-ranked abstracts submitted by fellows, residents, and early-career faculty to receive a travel award to attend the Annual Meeting and present their work. The amount of the travel award is based on the number of miles the recipient lives from the location of the Annual Meeting. 

There were no travel awards due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ANA2021 was held as a virtual meeting.


There were no travel awards due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ANA2020 was held as a virtual meeting.
2019 Travel Awardees

Emily Acton, B.S., Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania | Prescribing Hormonal Contraceptives to Women on Antiepileptic Drugs: Assessing Compendia Reporting of Drug-Drug Interactions

Luke Adams, B.A., Johns Hopkins University | Dissociable Deficits in Morphosyntactic Production in Post-Stroke Aphasia and Primary Progressive Aphasia

Mohammad Aladwan, Doctorate, University of Massachusetts Lowel | Exosomal Proteome Changes Induced by Human Tau Expression are Modulated by the Presence of the Microtubule-Binding Domain and Alternatively Spliced Exons 2-3 in SH-SY5Y Neuroblastoma Cells

Asher Albertson, MD, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine | Selective Deterioration of Network Connectivity in Aging Mice

Enrique Alvarez, MD/Ph.D., University of Colorado | Cytokine Changes Induced by antiCD20 Infusions: A Comparison of Rituximab versus Ocrelizumab

Konstantinos Avgerinos, MD, MSc, National Institute on Aging |  Medium Chain Triglycerides Induce Ketosis and Improve Cognition in Alzheimer’S Disease. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Human Studies

Maurie Balch, Ph.D., Washington University | A Yeast Model for Investigating αB-Crystallin Function

Christopher Bartley, M.D. / Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) | Ankyrin G Autoantibodies in a Well-Controlled HIV Patient with Steroid-Responsive Meningioencephalitis

Camilo Bermudez, B.S.E., Vanderbilt University | Automated Dentate Nucleus Segmentation and Its Clinical Application in Movement Disorders

Margaret Blattner, MD, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis | Sleep Spindle Activity Correlates with Cognition in Patients with Early Alzheimer Disease

Carmen Boessen, Bachelor of Science, University of Missouri | Charcot Marie Tooth Disease Type 2A with a Novel K1F1B Mutation

Marina Buciuc, MD, MS, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic | Differences between TDP-43 Types in Subjects with Alzheimer's Spectrum Pathology

Omar Butt, MD, Ph.D., Washington University in Saint Louis | Early Network Dysfunction in APOE ε4 Carriers without Biomarker Evidence of Alzheimer’s Disease is Related to Subclinical Tau Changes

Linda Cai, MPH, B.A., University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences | Complex Visual and Tactile Hallucinations: Atypical Presentation of Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Claudia Cantoni, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis - School of Medicine | Protective Effects of Mir-223 in Cuprizone-Induced Demyelination in the Mouse Corpus Callosum

Marc Casale, Bachelor of Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai | A Comparison of Simultaneous Scalp and Stereo Electroencephalographic Seizure Recordings

Xu-Qiao Chen, Ph.D., UCSD/Neuroscience | Dysregulation of the Endosomal/Lysosomal Pathway in a Mouse Model of Down Syndrome

Jason Chisholm, MD, University of Kentucky | Correlation of Intracranial Elastance with Venous Sinus Stenosis in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

Ravi Chopra, B.A., University of Michigan | Regional Differences in Purkinje Neuron Degeneration Reveal a Region-Specific Dysregulated Ion Channel Module in Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 1

Gregory Day, MD, MSc, Washington University in St. Louis | Tau PET Imaging in LGI1 Encephalitis

Angela Deutschlander, MD, Mayo Clinic Florida | Microtubule Associated Protein Tau H1 Subhaplotypes and the H2 Haplotype and Their Associations with Clinical Features in Parkinson's Disease

Amar Dhand, MD, DPhil, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School | Social Networks of Retired NFL Football Players and Neuropsychiatric Outcomes

Dhruva Dhavale, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis | Regional Distribution of Fibrillar Alpha-Synuclein, Amyloid-beta and Tau in Lewy Body Dementia

Kalen Dionne, MD, Ph.D., Washington University | Bypassing the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) with Intranasally Delivered Nanoparticles

Umber Dube, B.Sc, Washington University School of Medicine | Brain Circular RNAs are Significantly Associated with Alzheimer Disease

Jeffrey Ehmsen, MD, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine | Gadd45a is a Protective Modifier of Neurogenic Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

Nader El Seblani, MD, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Neurosurgery | Investigating Cell Therapy with Deep Brain Stimulation as an Approach to Alter the Progression of Parkinson’s Disease

Colin Ellis, MD, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine  | Genetic Testing in Adults with Epilepsy Reveals a Heterogeneous Landscape and a SuB.S.tantial Diagnostic Yield

Lubov Ezerskiy, B.A., Washington University in St. Louis | An Increase in 4R Tau Levels in Astrocytes Leads to Dysregulation of Function

Giuseppe Faraco, MD, Ph.D., Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute - Weill Cornell Medicine | Dietary Salt Induces Cognitive Impairment by Promoting Tau Pathology

Brandon Farmer, B.S., University of Kentucky | Indirect Calorimetry as a Novel Method to Study APOE’s Role in Cerebral Metabolism and Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

Salman Farooq, MBB.S., Aga Khan University Hospital | New Oral Anticoagulants versus Warfarin for Cerebral Venous Thrombosis: A Multi-Center, Observational Study

Fabia Filipello,  Ph.D., Washington University | The MS4A Gene Cluster is a Key Modulator of Soluble TREM2 and Alzheimer Disease Risk

Andrew Findlay, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Department of Neurology, Hope Center for Neurological Diseases | Lithium Chloride Corrects Weakness and Myopathology in a Preclinical Model of LGMD1D

Rachel French, Ph.D., Saint Louis University | Detection of TAR DNA-Binding Protein 43 (TDP-43) Oligomers as Initial Intermediates Species during Aggregate Formation

Mehraveh Garjani, MD, Norhwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine | Ceramide Synthesis Pathway Regulates the Sensitivity of Developing C. elegans to Hypoxia

Joel Geerling, MD, Ph.D., University of Iowa | Parabrachial-Cortical Connectivity

Alexander Gill, MD, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania | Heme Oxygenase-1 Promoter (GT)<sub>n</sub> Polymorphism Predicts Risk for Neurocognitive Impairment in HIV-Infected Individuals with Higher-Risk Genotypes in African-Americans

Zachary Grese, B.A., Saint Louis University School of Medicine | The RNA-Binding Domains of TDP-43 are Crucial for Aggregation, Which Can Be Modulated by Specific RNAs

Henrike Grosshans, MS, Department of Neurology, Yale School of Medicine | Primary Melanotic Tumors of the Nervous System

Jorge Jesus Guerra, MD, Washington University School of Medicine Department of Neurology | Longitudinal Changes in Soluble Tau, P-tau and Brain Atrophy Diverge with Disease Progression in Alzheimer Disease

Mallory Hacker, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center | A Novel Bedside Tool for Spasticity Referral

Ali Hamedani, MD, MHS, University of Pennsylvania | Self-Reported Vision and Hallucinations in Older Adults: Results from Two Longitudinal Aging Cohort Studies

Ali Hamedani, MD, MHS, University of Pennsylvania | Blindness and Visual Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease: Prevalence and Association with Hip Fracture and Neuropsychiatric Outcomes among U.S. Medicare Beneficiaries

L. Hickman, B.A., Washington University in St. Louis | Anesthetic Regimen Impacts Duration of Post-Ictal Generalized Electroencephalographic Suppression Following Electroconvulsive Therapy-Induced Seizures

L. Hickman, B.A., Washington University in St. Louis | Central-Positive EEG Complexes during Electroconvulsive Therapy-Induced Seizures Exhibit Consistent Temporal Dynamics and Spatial Characteristics

Karin Hochrainer, Ph.D., Weill Cornell Medicine | Post-Ischemic Ubiquitination Targets Postsynaptic Kinases in Excitatory Neurons

Bo Hu, Ph.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine | Consequences of Sac3/fig4 Deficiency to Phosphoinositides in Fibroblasts of Patients with CMT4J

Hope Hua, B.S.,University of Miami: Miller School of Medicine | Low Utilization of Anticoagulants among Elderly Patients with Atrial Fibrillation Seen in the Emergency Department

Daniel Huddleston, MD, Emory University | Machine Learning Classification of Parkinson's Disease with Neuromelanin-Sensitive MRI and Clinical Features

Helen Hwang, MD, Ph.D., Washington University | A Single Molecule Assay for Detection and Characterization of Alpha-Synuclein Oligomers

Sarah Irvin, Bachelor of Science, West Virginia University | Acute Diagnosis of Wilson's Disease in a Teenage Patient

Makoto Ishii, MD, Ph.D., Weill Cornell Medicine | Hypothalamic Atrophy and Third Ventricular Enlargement in the Preclinical Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease

Monica Javidnia, Ph.D., University of Rochester Medical Center | Autoimmune Disorders among Parkinson Disease PPMI Subjects

Marina Khodanovich, Ph.D., Tomsk State University | Macromolecular Proton Fraction (MPF) Mapping as a Marker of Recovery Processes in the Model of Ischemic Stroke in Rats

Eva Klinman, MD, Ph.D., Washington University in St Louis | Elevated CDK5 Activity Leads to Dysregulation of Axonal Transport in Neurons

Shunsuke Koga, MD, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic | Clinicopathologic Features and Antemortem Diagnoses of Multiple System Atrophy: Review of 169 Autopsy-Confirmed Patients with MSA

Geraldine Kress, Ph.D., Washington University | Circadian Modulation of Hippocampal Function during Alzheimer’s Disease Pathogenesis

Sara LaHue, MD, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco | Differences in Clinical Characteristics of Patients with Brain Abscesses Due to Nocardia versus Pyogenic Bacteria

Deepti Lall, Ph.D, Center of Neural Science and Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | C9orf72 Deficiency Alters Innate Immune Response and Promotes Amyloid Clearance but Also Induces Synapse Loss

Eric Landsness, MD, Ph.D., Washington University | Local Slow Wave Sleep and Post-Stroke Brain Repair

Erin Langton, MD, Washington University in St. Louis | Safety and Efficacy of Nusinersen in Adult and Adolescent Patients with Spinal Muscular Atrophy: A Retrospective Case Series

Tiffany Lee, B.A., Oregon Health and Science University | Multisensory Synchrony in Individuals with Parkinson's Disease

Stephanie Liang, B.A., Boston University School of Medicine | SAPS II Scores Underestimate In-Hospital Death in Cardiac Arrest Patients from Drug Overdose: A Single-Institution Retrospective Analysis

Miranda Lim, MD, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, with and without Comorbid Traumatic Brain Injury, Increases the Odds of Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder in Veterans

Miranda Lim, MD, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University | Early Life Sleep Disruption Alters the Balance of Neural Excitation:Inhibition and Impairs Social Behavior in Prairie Voles

Maren Loe, B.S., Washington University in St. Louis | Spatially Widespread Macroperiodic Oscillations Revealed through Bilevel Spectral Analysis of the EEG of Young Children

Johnny Chuieng-Lu, M.D., Washington University in St. Louis | VEGF-A Receptor Inhibitor Impedes Reinnervation at the End Target Muscle after Nerve Injury

Xinguo Lu, Ph.D., Washington University in St Louis | Neurosteroids, GABAA Receptors, and Neuronal Synchrony

Manish Kumar Madasu, Ph.D., Washington University in St Louis | Activation of Kappa Opioid Receptors Potentiates Cold Sensation

Megan Mantica, MD, University of Pittsburgh | Case Series of Checkpoint-Inhibitor Associated Meningoencephalomyelitis and Polyradiculitis

Daniela Mattos, PT, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine | Contralesional White Matter Integrity May Predict Response to Upper Limb Task-Specific Training in Chronic Stroke

Rajarshi Mazumder, MD, MPH, UCLA | Neurophysiological Profiles of Children with Nodding Syndrome and Their Sibling

Erin Meier, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University | Comparison of Qualitative and Quantitative Measures of Leukoaraiosis in Primary Progressive Aphasia

Daniela Menichella, MD., Ph.D., Northwestern University | Nociceptor Excitability Underlies Axon Loss in Diabetic Neuropathy: A New Disease Modifying Target

Jacqueline Meystedt, B.A. (in progress), Vanderbilt University Medical Center | Spasticity is Associated with Activities of Daily Living Dependency in the Nursing Home Setting

Erik Musiek, MD, Ph.D., Washington Univ. School of Medicine | Chi3l1/YKL-40 is a Modulator of Glial Activation and Amyloid Plaque Deposition in Alzheimer Disease Which is Controlled by the Circadian Clock

Neil Nadkarni, MD, Department of Neurology, McGaw Northwestern Memorial Hospital | Longitudinal Deep-Brain Imaging in Mouse Using Visible-Light Optical Coherence Tomography to Study Ischemic Stroke

Hemanth Nelvagal, MBB.S., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine | Early Spinal Cord Vulnerability in CLN1 Disease

Aaron Noles, MD,University of Maryland Medical Center | Comparing Thrombectomy Outcomes for Acute Stroke amongst Elderly and Younger Patients

Derek Notch, MD, Saint Louis University | Edaravone: Extended Outcomes and Response to Treatment by Phenotype

Kayla Nygaard, Ph.D. student, Washington University School of Medicine | Investigating the Role of Oxytocin in Behavioral Phenotypes of a Complete Deletion Mouse Model of Williams Syndrome

Sangwook Oh, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania | Antigen-Specific B Cell Depletion for Myasthenia Gravis with Chimeric Autoantibody Receptor (CAAR) T Cells

Abby Olsen, MD, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital | Using Drosophila to Identify Novel Glial Modifiers of Neuronal Alpha-Synuclein Toxicity

Charlene Ong, MD, MPHS, Boston University | Quantitative Pupillometry and Radiographic Midbrain Compression by Cerebral Edema

Sabrina Paganoni, MD, Ph.D., Healey Center for ALS at Mass General/Harvard Medical School | A Platform Trial for ALS: Leveraging Innovative Trial Designs to Accelerate Drug Development

Tirth Patel, B.S., Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Neurology, Hope Center for Neurological Disorders, Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center | Dural Lymphatics Regulate Clearance of Extracellular Tau from the CNS

Urvish Patel, MD, MPH, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai | Opioid Epidemic and Headache Disorders

Kristina Patterson, MD, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania | Mechanisms of IgG4 Autoantibodies to Neurofascins in Autoimmune Demyelinating Neuropathies

Yuri Pavlov, MSc, Ural Federal University | Sleep in Patients with Severe Disorders of Consciousness: Behavioral and Physiological Perspective

Yuri Pavlov, MSc, Ural Federal University | Wakefulness Rather Than Sleep Supports Fear Memory Consolidation

Yuri Pavlov, MSc, Ural Federal University | A Comprehensive Approach to the Brain Responses in Minimal Conscious State Patients

Elizabeth Perelstein, MD, Washington University in St. Louis | A Proposed Methodology for Describing Neurology Inpatient Readmissions

Sai Polineni, MPH,  Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine | Evaluating the Influence of Pre-Hospital Characteristics of Traumatic Brain Injury on Race-Ethnic Differences in Mortality

Subrata Pradhan, Ph.D, The University of Texas Medical Branch | Mutant Huntingtin Synchronously Impairs Mitochondrial DNA Repair and Transcription

Deep Pujara, MBB.S., MPH, University of Texas McGovern Medical School | Evaluation of Stroke Care Metrics in Safety Net Hospitals across United States

Akshaya Ramesh, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco | CSF B Cells in Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis are Driven towards an Antigen-Experienced, Inflammatory Fate

Supriya Ramesha, M.B.B.S., Emory University | Kv1.3-Positive Brain Macrophages are Distinct Pro-Inflammatory Microglia Involved in Glutamatergic Synaptic Pruning in AD

Srikant Rangaraju, MD MS,Emory University | Quantitative Proteomics of Mouse CSF Identifies Novel Human-Relevant Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology

Tracy Rappai, B.S.c, Washington University in St. Louis | Identifying Factors That Predict Lumbar Puncture Complications and Promote Participation in Longitudinal Research Requiring Serial CSF Sampling

Christopher Ray, MD, Washington University in St. Louis | Cortical Thickness Signature of Familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Christopher Rich, B.S.E, Emory University | Stereoelectroencephalography-Guided Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (SEEGgLITT) for Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Associated with Encephaloceles

Cory Riecken, MS, University of Missouri | Effects of Stress on Functional Connectivity during Problem Solving

Tina Roostaei, MD, MPH, Columbia University Medical Center | Insights from Gene Expression Profiling of Six Immune Cell-Type-States in Multiple Sclerosis

Sarah Rosen, Ph.D., Washington University | Sexually Dimorphic Immune Responses during West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease

Zachary Rosenthal, B.S., Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine | Local Perturbations in Cortical Excitability Propagate Differentially through Large-Scale Functional Networks

Andrew Sauerbeck, Ph.D., Washington University | AirySynapse—A Simple, Robust Super-Resolution Imaging Technique to Quantify Synaptic Loci

Ryan Schubert, MD, UCSF | Multimodal Investigation of the Etiology for Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Stephanie Schultz, B.S., Washington University School of Medicine | Association between Serum Neurofilament Light and Established White Matter Neuroimaging Markers in Autosomal Dominant Alzheimer Disease

Rishi Sharma, Ph.D., HSTMV Hospital/University of Missouri-School of Medicine |  Melanin Concentrating Hormone Contributes to Gender Differences Observed in Sleep Homeostasis

Shahar Shelly, M.D, Mayo Clinic | Neurochondrin Neurological Autoimmunity

Shannon Sheppard, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins | Cues to Improve Emotional Prosody after Right Frontal Strokes

Yang Shi, Ph.D, Washington University in St.Louis | Overexpression of Low-Density Lipoprotein Receptor Markedly Reduces Tau Phosphorylation and Attenuates Tau-Mediated Neurodegeneration via APOE-Mediated Mechanisms

Afsaneh Shirani, MD, Washington University School of Medicine | Radiological Progression on Contrast and Non-Contrast MRI in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis: Findings from MS PATHS

Jonathan Sikora, High School Diploma, Johns Hopkins University Department of Neurology |  Patterns of Decline in Spoken Word Recognition and Object Knowledge in Primary Progressive Aphasia

Kelsey Smith, M.D., Mayo Clinic | EEG Pattern in Cheyne-Stokes Respiration

Macy Sprunger, B.S., Washington University in STL | Countering C9ORF72 Dipeptide Repeat Protein Toxicity Implicated in ALS/FTD

Roshan Srinivasan, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago | Role of Serotonin Signaling on Synaptic Plasticity in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Min-Yu Sun, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis | Characteristics of δ-Subunit Containing GABAA IPSCs in Mouse Dentate Granule Neurons

Rawan Tarawneh, MD, Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University | Differences in Hippocampal Brain Connectivity between <i>APOE4</i> Carriers and Non-Carriers among Healthy Older Adults

Loc Thang,  MD, Ph.D., Washington University in Saint Louis | Social Isolation Stress Blunts TRPV1 Activation in Mouse Sensory Neurons

Philip Tipton, MD, Mayo Clinic | Multiple System Atrophy Patients with Hyposmia Do Not Have Increased Olfactory Bulb Synuclein Pathology or Dopaminergic Deficiency Compared to Those without Hyposmia

Adaku Uzo-Okereke, MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis - Barnes Jewish Hospital | FDG-PET Hypometabolism Changes after Intracranial Grid and Strip Placement

Anil Wadhwani, Ph.D., Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine | APOE Increases Cell Death and P-Tau Release in Stem-Cell Derived Neurons

Yan Wang, MD, Washington University in St. Louis | Rate of Progression in CT-Defined Edema is Associated with Increased Likelihood of Intervention in Acute Cerebellar Infarction

Michelle Wegscheid, B.S., Washington University School of Medicine | Human iPSC-Derived Cerebral Organoids Establish Mutational Specificity in NF1

Robert White, MD, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine | Functional Networks Effects of Levodopa in Drug-Naïve Parkinson Disease

Andrew Wilson, MD, MS, MBA, Greater Los Angeles VA / UCLA | Examining Medication Adherence in a Multidisciplinary Parkinson’s Disease Clinic

Julie Wisch, Ph.D., Washington University | Sex-Linked Tau Differences Do Not Appear in CSF

Mattia Wruble, B.A., University of Virginia | The Aging Face of Multiple Sclerosis: A Comparative Analysis of Young-Onset versus Late-Onset Multiple Sclerosis

Biao Xiang, M.S., Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis | Evaluation of Myelin Damage in Multiple Sclerosis with SMART MRI

Alexander Yahanda, MS, Washington University School of Medicine | Impact of 2D versus 3D Image Distortion Correction on Stereotactic Surgical Navigation Auto-Merge Image Fusion Reliability for Images Acquired with a Movable Intraoperative MRI

Shaul Yahil, B.S., B.A., Washington University in St. Louis | Altered Hippocampal LTP and Cognitive Dysfunction in Developmental Delay, Epilepsy, and Neonatal Diabetes (DEND)

Tritia Yamasaki, MD Ph.D., University of Kentucky | Red Blood Cell-Derived alpha-Synuclein Aggregationin Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple System Atrophy

Chengran Yang, MS, Washington University in St. Louis | Discovery of Biomarkers and Identification of Protein QTLs for Alzheimer’s Disease

Zezhong Ye, Ph.D., Department of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine | Diffusion Histology Imaging to Improves Multiple Sclerosis Lesion Detection and Classification

Mitsukuni Yoshida, B.S., Washington University in St.Louis | Extracellular Vesicle-Mediated Systemic Delivery of eNAMPT Delays Aging and Extends Lifespan through the Enhancement of Hypothalamic Function

John Younce, M.D., Washington University in St Louis | Multimodal PET and fcMRI Reveals Regional Modulation by STN DB.S. Correlating to Motor Outcomes

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