I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to 2018. As we look ahead to the opportunities and challenges of the new year, I want to remind you that the American Neurological Association is your partner in supporting the professional success of your entire department in academic neurology. For those of us who want to attract and retain the best talent to our field and our departments, the professional development ANA provides is an unrivaled benefit.
Our Annual Meeting offers top science and accessible networking opportunities, and our top-tier journals, Annals of Neurology and Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, arm members with timely discoveries and well-read vehicles for publishing our work.
As you know, we have been embracing a new culture of academic neurology at the ANA, opening our doors to professionals at every career stage, and our association is benefitting from the new ideas and energy. In doing so, we are expanding our ability to reduce the burden of neurological disease for the millions of people affected worldwide.
As we enter 2018, I am calling on my fellow leaders in academic neurology to encourage their students and particularly residents, fellows, and early-career faculty to maximize their professional opportunities by joining the ANA and taking advantage of all it has to offer.
For just $30 per year for MD, PhD, MD/PhD undergraduate students and $50 for MD, PhD, MD/PhD degree holders (trainees, residents, and post-docs), new entrants to our field can enjoy all of the ANA member benefits, from discounted attendance to the Annual Meeting, to the opportunity to submit an abstract for just $30, to perhaps being recognized with a travel award or a Derek Denny-Brown award to present research at the meeting. Membership also provides access to MentorLink, the new e-platform that connects early career professionals to mentors who share their particular research interest.
I look forward to working with you in 2018 to strengthen our esteemed organization, and I welcome your input on how to advance the ANA. Please direct any recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warm regards for a healthy and productive year,
David M. Holtzman, MD
President, American Neurological Association
Professor and Chair of Neurology
Washington University in St. Louis