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John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research

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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 70th AAN Annual Meeting.

Recipient will receive:

  • $15,000 prize to be used at the recipient's discretion
  • Complimentary registration for 70th Annual Meeting
  • Reimbursement for 70th Annual Meeting travel and two days' meals and lodging expenses


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 2018 scientific award application deadline is October 25, 2017.

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