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John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research

Sponsored by the AAN and National Multiple Sclerosis Society and made possible through a special contribution from the John Dystel Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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The John Dystel Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to research in the understanding, treatment, or prevention of multiple sclerosis. The prize is intended to recognize significant and exciting work which has influenced the way we think about multiple sclerosis, but it is not to be a lifetime achievement award.


Recipient is expected to present a 20-minute lecture during a scientific session at the 68th AAN Annual Meeting.

Recipient will receive:

  • $15,000 prize to be used at the recipient's discretion
  • Complimentary registration for 68th Annual Meeting
  • Reimbursement for 68th Annual Meeting travel and two days' meals and lodging expenses
  • Recognition at 2016 Awards Luncheon at 68th Annual Meeting


Must be actively engaged in basic or clinical research related to multiple sclerosis

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit one complete set of the following materials:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Letter from colleague summarizing applicant's body of work including:
    • Relevant background material
    • Research accomplishments placed in context
    • Assessment of the direct or indirect impact of contributions to the understanding of multiple sclerosis


The 2016 scientific award application deadline has now passed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in late January 2016.

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