MINNEAPOLIS – The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the American Brain Foundation (ABF), and the Society of Vascular & Interventional Neurology (SVIN) have announced a new award that will advance research in interventional neurology to benefit people with stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases. Interventional neurologists use minimally invasive techniques, guided by imaging, like clot removal procedures, to treat diseases of the brain and spine.

This Clinician Scientist Development Award in Interventional Neurology is the first collaboration for the AAN and the American Brain Foundation with SVIN. The award will provide $240,000 over three years which includes a commitment of $75,000 per year as well as a $5,000 per year stipend to support education and research-related costs. Applications for the award are open to young investigators interested in a research career in interventional neurology. Applications will open in July 2017 with an application deadline of October 1, 2017.

The AAN Research Program is committed to the development of junior investigators dedicated to much needed research that will benefit many of our patients. The research program awards and scholarships are important spring boards to innovative neurological research. The majority of award recipients remain in the research workforce and are supported by the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. “

On behalf of the American Academy of Neurology, we are honored to have this opportunity to collaborate with SVIN,” said Aleksandar Videnovic, MD, MSc, of Harvard University in Boston, Mass., Chair of the AAN Research Program Workgroup and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. “We are indebted to SVIN for their commitment to support the growth of new investigators in the field of interventional neurology.”

“It was clear from the beginning that our interests aligned to support early career researchers,” said Robert C. Griggs, MD, of the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., Chair of the American Brain Foundation Research Advisory Committee and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. “The American Brain Foundation is thrilled to partner with SVIN on this award specifically designated for interventional neurology.”

“As President of SVIN, I am thrilled to cement this invaluable partnership with the American Brain Foundation and the AAN,” said Raul Nogueira, MD, of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. “This award will be a critical contribution to growing the new generation of academic interventional neurologists who will generate tremendous new knowledge and innovation in catheter-based therapy of cerebrovascular diseases and stroke. This new award represents a strong commitment by SVIN, the American Brain Foundation and the AAN to further advancing the field as an essential part of the practice of clinical neurology.”

To learn more about the AAN Research Program, visit https://aan.com/research-and-awards/clinical-research-training-fellowships/.

About the American Brain Foundation

The American Brain Foundation is an emerging national foundation whose mission is to bring researchers and donors together to defeat brain disease. Through cross-cutting innovative research, the American Brain Foundation is making investments in the best and brightest minds in the world to identify treatments, prevention methods and cures for brain disease.

Learn more at www.AmericanBrainFoundation.org or find the Foundation on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and YouTube.

About SVIN

SVIN is the premier society worldwide for medical professionals engaged in interventional neurology and stroke care. Our mission to promote excellence in the field of interventional treatment of neurovascular diseases by neurologists.  The society represents the advancement of interventional neurology through education, research and advocacy with the ultimate goal of improving clinical care and outcomes of patients with stroke and cerebrovascular diseases.

For further information about SVIN, please visit www.svin.org or find us on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

About the American Academy of Neurology

The American Academy of Neurology is the world’s largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, with 30,000 members. The AAN is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit www.aan.com  or find us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

Minneapolis—The American Brain Foundation (ABF), a national charity whose mission is to bring researchers and donors together to defeat brain disease, today announced that Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of actor/comedian Robin Williams, has been appointed to its Board of Directors and will assume an active, leadership role on the Board.

Schneider Williams is committed to educating physicians and caregivers about her intimate, heartbreaking story of how brain disease, particularly Lewy body disease (LBD), slowly and tragically altered every aspect of her late husband’s life. LBD, often undiagnosed, affects an estimated 1.4 million individuals and their families in the United States.

“We are very pleased to welcome Ms. Schneider Williams to the ABF and look forward to her strong commitment to our cause,” said Kevin Goodno, Chair of the ABF Board of Directors. “She shares our organization’s collective passion to accelerate brain disease research and find a cure for brain disease.”

In addition to her new Board duties, Schneider Williams will be a special guest at the American Brain Foundation’s annual fundraising event, Standing Strong, on October 26, 2016, in Minneapolis, MN.

Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, has also published an editorial in its September 27, 2016 issue written by Schneider Williams, in which she chronicles Robin Williams’ mental and physical struggles over the last few years of his life. The editorial titled, “The terrorist inside my husband’s brain,” includes a powerful call to action for physicians, researchers and caregivers.  Plus, Schneider Williams speaks candidly about her story in an interview on the September 27, 2016 Neurology podcast.

“My goal is to turn Robin’s suffering into something meaningful,” said Schneider Williams. “Hopefully, from sharing his experience, our experience, I can help raise awareness and increase funding for brain disease research.” She added, “working with the ABF and their incredible community of medical professionals has given me hope that with more research, a cure is possible. ”

The ABF Board’s Honorary Chair, Walter Mondale, the former Vice President of the United States, praised Susan for her willingness to get involved in the Foundation’s critical mission.

“I would say leadership begins with the idea that you have a responsibility to do something about a problem,” said Mondale whose family has experienced tragic losses due to brain diseases. His wife, Joan, passed away in 2014 from Lewy body dementia, and his 51-year-old daughter, Eleanor, succumbed to brain cancer in 2011. “ As we seek these dreadfully difficult answers at the American Brain Foundation,  I think there is great hope that we have wonderfully committed people, like Susan, in our quest for a cure.

For more information about the Standing Strong event (now called Commitment to Cures), or to learn more, visit www.AmericanBrainFoundation.org, or find the Foundation on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube.