Emerging Scholars Award

The Emerging Scholars Award program was created in 2020 to showcase the innovative and cutting-edge research of junior and early career neurologists and neuroscientists. Top-scoring abstracts are chosen by the Annual Meeting Programming (AMP) Committee and Plenary Session chairs to be presented during the plenary sessions of the Annual Meeting.

Student, Resident, Trainee, Postdoc Fellow, Assistant Professor & Instructor


Candidates are selected once all abstracts are reviewed and scored. Abstracts submitted by those in the eligible career categories are sent to the chairs of the Plenary Sessions. The chairs select six (6) abstracts whose authors present during the various Plenary Sessions at the Annual Meeting. If the author of the abstract cannot attend and present at the Annual Meeting, the co-author is permitted to present as long as they are a student, resident, trainee, postdoc fellow, undergrad, assistant professor, or instructor.


Three presenters are eligible for a prize of $250. The recipient is determined by the AMP committee after the session and based on the scores of each presentation. The presenters with the highest 3 scores each receive the $250.

ANA2023 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients

defne Defne Amado, MD, PhD 
University of Pennsylvania
Improved Survival, Strength, And Neuroinflammation In A Mouse Model Of Sporadic ALS After Novel AAV-mediated Delivery Of RNAi Targeting Atxn2
Gao Virginia Gao, MD, PhD
Weill Cornell and Columbia
Early Changes in α-Synuclein Membrane-Binding in the Central and Enteric Nervous System in Parkinson’s Disease
Ohm Daniel Ohm, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Pyramidal Neurodegeneration is Linked to Select Cytoarchitecture and Cognitive Impairment in Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia with Tau or TDP-43 Pathology

ANA2022 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients

Isha Srivastava, MD, PhD 
Stanford University
A Novel Mouse Model of Cerebral Demyelination in X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy Highlights NLRP3 Activation in Lesion Pathogenesis

Jonathan Kleen, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Micro-Grid Recordings from the Human Hippocampal Surface Reveal Spatiotemporal Properties of Oscillations, Ripples, and Interictal Discharges

Peter Kang, MD, MSCI
Washington University in St. Louis
Tissue MR Signal Heterogeneity Follows Disease Severity and Reflects Underlying Ischemia in Cerebral Small Vessel Disease

ANA2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients

Jason Chua, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Autophagy & Neurons: Targeting Protein Quality Control for Modifying Proteostasis and Discovering Therapeutic Targets for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Nigel Pedersen, MBBS
Emory University
Sleep Disruption in a Mouse Model of Medial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Daniel Huddleston, MD
Emory University
Imaging Prodromal Neuromelanin and Iron Pathology in REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

ANA2020 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients

Albert Davis, MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine
APOE Genotype Regulates Pathology and Disease Progression in Synucleinopathy

Juliane Gust, MD, PhD
Seattle Children's Research Institute, Center for Integrative Brain Research
In-vivo Two-photon Imaging Reveals Brain Capillary Plugging During Neurotoxicity in a Mouse Model of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T Therapy

Jennifer Orthmann-Murphy, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
An Undiagnosed White Matter Disorders Neurogenetics Clinic

Xilma Ortiz-Gonzalez, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
FTH1 De Novo Dominant Variants Alter Iron Metabolism and Cause a Pediatric Onset Neuroferritinopathy

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