Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award

The Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award, ANA’s highest and most prestigious award, recognizes early- to mid-career neurologists and neuroscientists. This award honors those neurologists and neuroscientists in the first 12 years of their career at the assistant/associate faculty (equivalent) level who have made outstanding basic or clinical scientific advances toward the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of neurological diseases. 


This award was originally given to a newly elected member of the Association who had achieved significant stature in neurological research and who planned to continue making major contributions to the field of neurology. In 2011, this award was divided into two parts: basic science and clinical science. In 2014, a task force was established to broaden the criteria for this award to be more inclusive of the association’s growing membership base. Specifically, the award is now designed to recognize significant contributions by ANA members working in neurology and neuroscience in their first 12 years at the assistant/associate faculty (equivalent) level.


The Awards Committee can make up to a total of three (3) awards in the following three areas:

  • Physician-Scientist - Basic
  • Physician-Scientist - Clinical
  • Neuroscientist – relevant to disease

Eligible Candidates:

Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Current membership in the ANA
  • Faculty in your first 12 years at the assistant/associate faculty (equivalent) level
  • Actively working in the field of academic neurology or neuroscience
  • Can apply more than once
  • Present at the Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Symposium at the ANA Annual Meeting.
  • Candidates who have submitted unsuccessfully in the past may reapply. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Ineligible Candidates:

  • Full Professor 
  • Previous Awardees


  • $1,000 Honorarium
  • Gratis Annual Meeting Registration
  • A Commemorative Plaque

Application Requirements:

Complete nominations must include the following:

  1. Two (2) Letters
    • Primary Nomination letter from a Senior Neuroscience colleague citing the nominee's research portfolio and trajectory for major contributions to the field, including several first and last authored peer-reviewed publications.
    • Seconding Letter, preferably from an individual outside of the nominee's institute
  2. Nominee’s CV
  3. NIH Biosketch (Optional but does not substitute for the CV)
  4. Research Description: a summation of the nominee’s research (max 1 page) that includes citing three (3) recent publications and/or abstracts highlighting the nominee's research success.


2023 Recipients: David Gate, Vikram Khurana, Andrea Schneider

Past Recipients:

  • 2022: Gemma Carvill, Brian Edlow, Sami Barmada
  • 2021: Alexandra Nelson, Anabelle Singer, Timothy Yu
  • 2020: Aimee Kao, Sheng-Han Kuo, Joshua Shulman
  • 2019: Cassie Mitchell, Michael Fox, and Brandon Westover
  • 2018: Peter K. Todd, Lauren Sansing, and Alice Chen-Plotkin
  • 2017: Kevin Sheth, Lesli Skolarus, and Conrad Weihl
  • 2016: Robert Baloh, Glen Jickling, and Alex R. Paciorkowski
  • 2015: Annapurna Poduri, Erik Roberson, and Daniel Reich
  • 2014: Alica M. Goldman and Leigh Hochberg
  • 2013: Kevin Kerber and J. Paul Taylor
  • 2012: Dawn Kleindorfer and Brian Traynor
  • 2011: Reisa Sperling and Jay A. Gottfried
  • 2010: Dane Chetkovich
  • 2009: Carsten G. Bonnemann and Ming Guo
  • 2008: Christine Klein
  • 2007: Douglas A. Kerr
  • 2006: Scott Small
  • 2005: Ahmet Hoke
  • 2004: Daniel H. Geschwind
  • 2003: Argye E. Hillis
  • 2002: Jonathan W. Mink and Jonathan K. Fink
  • 2001: Bruce A. Yankner
  • 2000: Stephen C. Cannon
  • 1999: Christopher Walsh
  • 1998: Robert B. Darnell
  • 1997: Louis J. Ptacek
  • 1996: Ted M. Dawson
  • 1995: Donald R. Johns
  • 1994: Huda Zoghbi
  • 1993: Allan Levey
  • 1992: M. Flint Beal
  • 1991: William Mobley
  • 1990: Kenneth Kosik