S. Weir Mitchell Award
Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by the former American Academy of Neurology Alliance.
This award is designed to encourage basic research in neuroscience by physicians in clinical neurology training programs. The Alliance Awards Workgroup considers originality, scientific merit, neurological interest, and clarity of expression as criteria for review.
Recipient is expected to give a 10-minute presentation based on the selected manuscript during a scientific session at the AAN 71st Annual Meeting.
Recipient will receive:
- Medallion and $1,000 prize
- Complimentary registration for 71st Annual Meeting
- Reimbursement for 71st Annual Meeting travel and housing
- $100 per diem per day for expenses (up to two days)
- Applicants should be members of the AAN in good standing and less than 18 months from the completion of their Neurology residency training (at the time of submission)
- Must be a senior author of a research-based manuscript
- Manuscript must not be previously published or submitted for publication (at the time of submission)
Applicants can apply for only one of the Alliance Awards. Manuscripts may be considered for the other award as the subcommittee deems appropriate. Applicants should submit one complete set of the following materials:
- Completed application form
- Current curriculum vitae
- Typed, double-spaced copy of the complete manuscript, including names and addresses of all authors (supplemental materials may be submitted) Note: Manuscripts and bibliographies must be in the format used in Neurology journal; manuscripts will be returned
- Letter from the training program director attesting to the applicant's enrollment and status in the program
- Letter from the faculty researcher sponsor detailing the extent of collaboration and support received by the applicant while conducting this research and verifying all work was completed during applicant's residency or fellowship period
- On a separate piece of paper, include a list of residency and/or fellowship start dates, end dates, and program directors.
Basic science is defined as: Research on biologic, anatomic, or physiologic specimens with or without direct translational applications. In the context of basic science research translational research is broadly defined as the application of basic research discoveries toward the diagnosis, management, and prevention of human disease. Beyond classic “wet lab” experimentation, basic science research can encompass hypothesis-generating research such as 1) computational and statistical genetics, as well as 2) biological signal analysis (e.g., EEG epileptiform discharge detection), 3) neuroimaging analysis (e.g., new radioligand imaging), and 4) analysis of pre-existing database data that includes biospecimens (e.g., Alzheimer Disease Network Initiative).
Examples of potential projects eligible for the S. Weir Mitchell Award include:
- Computational/statistical genetics
- Neuroimaging analysis studies
- Database analyses, even of clinical biospeciment repositories (e.g. ADNI, etc.)
- Neurophysiology studies
Although applicants may apply for only one of the two Alliance Awards (S. Weir Mitchell or Founders), the review workgroup has discretion to move applications for consideration into the category, if applicable.
The 2019 scientific award application deadline has now passed. Applicants will be notified in February 2019.
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