Travel Awards

Each year the ANA selects the top-ranked abstracts submitted by fellows, residents, and early-career faculty to receive a travel award to attend the Annual Meeting and present their work.

ANA2022 Travel Award Recipients: 

Laura Adang, MD, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | Measurement of Gross Motor Function in Aicardi Goutieres Syndrome (AGS)

Yaman Ahmed, Medical Student, Jordan University of Science and Technology | Gray Matter Alteration in Cancer Survivors After Chemotherapy: An ALE Meta-Analysis of Voxel-Based Morphometry Studies

Huda Alalami, MD, Cedars Sinai Medical Center | Case Report of an Older Glioblastoma Patient Surviving More Than 12 Years After Treatment with Cilengitide in Addition to Standard Therapy

Rifat Alam, MS, MBBS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Interpersonal Skills in Kindergarten Predict Executive Function in Fifth Grade among Monolingual Latinx Children

Jamal Alanni, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine | Corneal Confocal Microscopy: A Surrogate Marker for Neurodegeneration in Autism

Anusheel, MD, Shanti Gopal Hospital | Relationship Between Cerebrovascular Diseases and Vasculitis: A Cross-Sectional National Inpatient Study

Fahham Asghar, MBBS, The University of Toledo | Cognition in Persons with Epilepsy: Differences Based on Disease Type and Therapy

Maite Azcorra, BS, Northwestern University| Functional Characterization of Genetically Defined Subtypes of Nigrostriatal Dopamine Neurons During Movement and Rewards

Negin Badihian, MD, Mayo Clinic | Outcomes of Deep Brain Stimulation in Patients with Multiple System Atrophy

Shervin Badihian, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine | Remote Expert Diagnosis by Video-Oculography is More Accurate Than In-Person ED Diagnosis in Acute Vertigo and Dizziness—Preliminary Results of the AVERT Trial

Pankhuri Banerjee, MD, MBBS, University of Texas, Galveston | Testosterone Overtreatment and Intracranial Hypertension in a Young Man

Samantha Banks, MD, Mayo Clinic | Ophthalmologic Involvement in Adults with Histiocytic Disorders: Clinical Presentation and Treatment Outcomes

Aaron Barbour, PhD, University of Pennsylvania | Seizures Enhance Excitatory-Inhibitory Imbalance in 5XFAD Mice and Exacerbate Tau Spread

Sarah Berman, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh | Spinal Cord Ischemia Following Peripheral Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (PVA-ECMO)

Bhagyashri Bhende, MBBS, Albert Einstein Medical Center | All That’s “White Matter Disease” is Not Multiple Sclerosis!

Abhilasha Boruah, BA, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine | Development of a Multicultural Long COVID-19 Neuropsychological Outcomes Protocol

Sunjeet Brar, MD, Aureus University School of Medicine | Bradyphagia as an Enantiopathy to Burning Mouth Syndrome

Alexander Brown, MD, University of Texas | Hepatic Metastasis Seven Years After Resection of Thymoma with Macroscopic Capsular Invasion

Maryellen Campbell, BA, Florida Atlantic University | Utilizing Efgartigimod on Refractive Pembrolizumab-Induced Myasthenia Gravis-Like Syndrome: A Case Report

Arenn Faye Carlos, MD, Mayo Clinic | Tau-PET and Multimodal Imaging in Clinically Atypical Multiple System Atrophy Masquerading as Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Samuel Carrell, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania | Disease-Responsive Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Myotonic Dystrophy

Corina Catiul, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham | Comparison of Polysomnography with Actigraphy and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index in Assessing Sleep in Parkinson’s Disease

Sidhanth Chandra, BS, Northwestern University | The Effect of Antibiotic-Mediated Gut Microbiome Alteration on Astrocyte Morphology in the APPPS1-21 Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Xu-Qiao Chen, PhD, University of California, San Diego | A Subset of Synaptic Proteins Are Reduced in the Cortex of Down Syndrome Patients Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease: Implications for Synaptic Dysfunction and Biomarker Development

Yongsheng Chen, PhD, Wayne State University | In Vivo Quantitative MRI To Assess Nerve Pathology In An HNPP Mouse Model

Ruth Chia, PhD, National Institute on Aging/NIH | Extending the Clinical Spectrum of Huntingtin Repeat Expansion Disorders: Frontotemporal Dementia and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Mashina Chomba, MBChb, MMED, University of Zambia | Pathways to Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in Zambia

Jason Chua, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University | Defining the Neuronal Physiology and Pathobiology of WIPI4 in β-Propeller Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration

Peter Clark, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles | Inhibiting Deoxycytidine Kinase Significantly Improves Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis Mouse Models

John Cook, BA, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine | Depressed Neurocognitive Function with Comprehensive Neuropsychiatric Evaluation Among Long-Haul COVID Patients

Sromona Das, PhD, University of Pennsylvania | ApolipoproteinA1 Has a Protective Role in the Pathogenesis of Parkinson’s Disease

Gregory Day, MD, Msc, MSCI, Mayo Clinic | Determining Etiologic Diagnoses in Rapidly Progressive Dementia: A Clinical Study

Chetna Dengri, MBBS, Cleveland Clinic Florida | Miller Fisher Syndrome in the Last Three Decades: A Systematic Review

Zaenab Dhari, MD, Trinity Health of New England and Quinnipiac University Frank Netter School of Medicine | Tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) Plasma Level is Reduced in a Clinically Stable Cohort of Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS)

Joseph Dodson, BS, Rush Medical College | Stroke Awareness and Impact of COVID-19 on Lifestyle Factors in the Homeless Population of Chicago

Stephanie Eid, PhD, University of Michigan | The Genome, Epigenome, and Schwann Cell Transcriptome Implicate the Immune System as a Mediator of Neuropathy in Both Patients and Murine Models

Claudia Espinosa-Garcia, PhD, Emory University | Microglial and Hippocampal Transcriptomic Profiling Reveals a Role for Complement C3 in Delayed Neurodegenerative Mechanisms Following Status Epilepticus

Baochan Fan, High School Student, Hamilton High School | Nanoencapsulation of Levodopa and Carbidopa for the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

Christopher Favilla, MD, University of Pennsylvania | Validating Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy for Dynamic Cerebral Autoregulation

Emily Ferenczi, BM, BCh, PhD, Harvard University | Properties and Function of a Closed Loop Pallidocortical Circuit

Anita Fletcher, MD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) | B Cell Depleting Therapies and the Risk of Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy: Observations from the NIH Natural History Study

Mario Flores-Torres, MD, Harvard University | Association of Long-Term Intake of B Vitamins, Choline, and Betaine with Subjective Cognitive Decline in a Sample of US Women and Men

Julio Furlan, MD, LLB, MBA, MSc, PhD, FRCPC, FAAN, KITE Research Institute, University Health Network; University of Toronto | CPAP Therapy for Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders (SRBDs) Improves Sleep Quality, Daytime Alertness, Fatigue, and Mental Health in People with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Marta Garcia-Montojo, PhD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) | Antibody Response to HML-2 May Be Protective in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Aayushi Garg, MD, University of Iowa | Early Readmissions After Hospitalization for Neurosarcoidosis

Rodolfo Gatto, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Department of Neurology | Comparative Analysis Between Regional Antemortem [18F] Flortaucipir Uptake and Neuropathologically Determined Tau Burden in Alzheimer’s Disease

Kat Gemperli, BA, Washington University in Saint Louis  | Reverse Translating Dystonia Assessment Following Neonatal Brain Injury Across Species: From Men to Mice

Joseph Geraghty, BS, University of Illinois College of Medicine | Neuropathological Changes in Hippocampal Microglia, Astrocytes, and Neurons in a Mouse Model of Sickle Cell Disease

Shadi Ghourchian, MD, Northwestern University | Associations of TDP43 with VPS35’s Protective Effects in Alzheimer’s Disease Progression

Anshika Goenka, PhD, Northwestern University | Oncogenic Long Non-Coding RNA LINC02283 Enhances PDGF Receptor A Mediated Signaling and Drives Glioblastoma Tumorigenesis

Ezekiel Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD, PhD, University of Mississippi Medical Center | Bilateral Parsonage Turner Syndrome in a Patient with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis

Emma Gootee, MS, Johns Hopkins University | Risk of Recurrent Stroke is Increased When Incident Stroke Etiology is Unknown

Hendrik Greve, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine | Ozone Air Pollution and Alzheimer’s Disease: An Emerging Role for HMGB1 in the Lung-Brain Axis

Scott Grossman, MD, New York University | Rapid Picture and Number Naming App for Concussion Assessment in a Division 1 Football Cohort

Danielle Guez-Barber, MD, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | Male Mice Have Larger Lesions and More Variable Macrophage Response Than Females 3 Days After P10 Hypoxia-Ischemia

Rajesh Gupta, MD, University of Texas, Houston | A Refractory Case of Tolosa Hunt Syndrome Requiring Multiple Infliximab Infusions

Sasha Gupta, MD, University of California, San Francisco | CAR-T Cell Mediated B Cell Depletion in Central Nervous System Autoimmunity

Kapil Gururangan, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai | Point-of-Care Electroencephalography Enables Rapid Management of Nonconvulsive Seizures in the Emergency Department

Peter Hadar, MD, MS, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania | The Ictal Relationship Between Structural and Functional Entropy in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Daniel Harrison, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital | Scope of Practice and Self-Efficacy of New Neurology Advance Practice Clinicians: A Prospective Pilot Study

William Hayward, MD, PhD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | Procedural Motor Learning in Long COVID

Nils Henninger, MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School | Repeated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury is an Exogenous Trigger for Neurodegeneration in Transgenic Mice Expressing Human C9orf72 Hexanucleotide Repeat Expansions

Hanalise Huff, MD, MPH, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health | Neurologic and Neurocognitive Sequelae Following COVID-19 in Lima, Peru

Chiseko Ikenaga, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University | Efficacy of Rapamycin in a Xenograft Model of Inclusion Body Myositis

Makoto Ishii, MD, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine | Plasma Resistin Levels in the Preclinical Stage of Alzheimer's Disease

Yoonhyuk Jang, MD, Seoul National University Hospital | Nanopore 16S Sequencing Enhances the Detection of Bacterial Meningitis After Neurosurgery

Dan Tong Jia, MD, Northwestern University | Case Report: Challenges and Triumphs in a Case of Chronic Lymphocytic Inflammation with Pontine Perivascular Enhancement Responsive to Steroids

Skyler Kanegi, BA, University of Texas, San Antonio | Transcriptomic Analysis of Dural Plasticity Sex Differences in Sleep Disruption-Induced Migraine

Peter Kang, MD, MSCI, Washington University in Saint Louis | Tissue MR Signal Heterogeneity Follows Disease Severity and Reflects Underlying Ischemia in Cerebral Small Vessel Disease

Deanna Saylor, MD, MHS, Johns Hopkins University | Assessment of the Perceived Benefit and Barriers of a Virtual Neuroscience Course for Practitioners in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Manpreet Kaur, MBBS, Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences & Research | Cerebrovascular Diseases and Retinal Artery Occlusion: Hospital-Based Risk Factor Study

Shaweta Khosa, MD, University of California, Los Angeles | CNS Tuberculoma Mimicking Malignancy in a Patient from Africa

Seondeuk Kim, MD, Seoul National University Hospital | Detection of Various Novel Variants in Korean Familial Cerebral Cavernous Malformation Patients

Shunsuke Koga, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic | Multiple Coexisting Pathologies Were Associated with Rapid Cognitive Decline in Dementia with Lewy Bodies: An Autopsy Study of 62 Prospectively Followed Patients

Zimple Kurlawala, MD, PhD, MPH, University of Louisville | Curli-Producing E. coli Enhances the Disease Phenotype in a hSOD1-G93A Mouse Model of ALS

Dimitrios Ladakis, MD, Johns Hopkins University | Mitochondrial Measures in Neuronally-Enriched Extracellular Vesicles Predict Brain and Retinal Atrophy in Multiple Sclerosis

Myoung-Hwa Lee, PhD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Neurovascular Injury with Complement Activation and Inflammation in COVID-19

Victor Lim, BS, Georgia Institute of Technology | Text Topic Modeling Application for Expedited Neurology Meta-Analysis

Jay Lusk, BSc, Duke University | Low Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status is Associated with Increased 30-Day Mortality and Readmission Rates for Patients with Common Neurological Disorders

Cindy Ly, MD, PhD, Washington University in Saint Louis | In Vivo Protein Kinetics of Superoxide Dismutase-1 in Familial and Sporadic Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Diana Madrid, MS, Wake Forest University School of Medicine | Lower Extremity Muscle Fat Fraction is Associated with Motor Performance in Myotonic Dystrophy Type 2

Jessica Magid-Bernstein, MD, PhD, Yale School of Medicine | Proinflammatory Cytokines within the Cerebrospinal Fluid of Patients with Intraventricular Hemorrhage Are Associated with Outcomes

Marina Martinez Sanchez, Medicine, Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Dr Negrin | A Cluster of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in Spain

Cynthia McMahan, BS, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) | Retinal Thickness Correlates with Whole Thalamus and Thalamic Nuclei Volumes in a Cohort with HIV

Adys Mendizabal, MD, MS, University of California, Los Angeles | Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Huntington’s Disease and Sociodemographic Characteristics: Data from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Vanessa Merker, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital | Access to Specialized Neurofibromatosis Clinics in the United States: A National Survey of Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) Patients and Caregivers

Yair Mina, MD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) | A Multi-Institutional Collaboration for Deep Phenotyping of Undiagnosed Neuroinflammatory and Neuroinfectious Diseases

Cassie Mitchell, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology | Multimodal Machine Learning to Identify Risk of Progression in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's Disease

Maria Dominique Mortel, MD, Johns Hopkins University | More Than Meets the Eye: A Closer Look at Demyelinating Diseases in Zambia

Sergio Muñiz-Castrillo, MD, PhD, Stanford University | Genetics of Anti-NMDAR Encephalitis

Cody Nathan, MD, Northwestern University | Pilomotor Seizures Arising from the Ipsilateral Frontal Lobe Confirmed by Stereoelectroencephalography

Mohamed Noureldein, PhD, University of Michigan | Metabolic Syndrome Produces Insulin Resistance in the Brain and Impairs Oligodendrocyte Metabolic Support of Neurons: A Novel Mechanism for Dementia

Aparna Nutakki, BA, Rush Medical College | Sex-Specific Differences in Stroke Epidemiology in Zambia

Daniel Oh, MD, University of Southern California | Trends in Stroke Mortality by Race/Ethnicity and Sex in the U.S. 2000-2019

Derrick Okine, BA, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) | Association Between Cerebral Small Vessel Disease, Blood Brain Barrier Disruption, and Outcome After Stroke

Maya Pandit, MPH, New York Medical College | Race/Ethnicity Disparities Among Migraine Clinical Trials Between 1995-2021: An Assessment of Race/Ethnicity Reporting and Prevalence of Participants Across Race/Ethnicity Categories

Darshan Pandya, MD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) | TDP-43 Regulates Splicing of Human Endogenous Retrovirus-K Envelope Gene: Role in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Jashank Parwani, MBBS, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College | Understanding the Prognosis of Extreme Delta Brush Pattern in Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis

Nicholas Pasternack, MSc, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Identification of a Transcriptionally Distinct ALS Subpopulation with Retrovirally-Mediated Disease

Haydeh Payami, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham | Uncovering Wide-Spread Dysbiosis at Species-Level Resolution Implicates the Gut Microbiome in Multiple Parkinson Disease Pathologies

Kian Pazira, BA, Vanderbilt University | Eleven-Year Medication Use and Costs from the Deep Brain Stimulation in Early-Stage Parkinson's Disease Pilot Clinical Trial

John Peters, MD, Yale School of Medicine | Experience from the MedNet: Online Neurology Physician Social Network

Ashley Raman, Projected BS, Johns Hopkins University | Prevalence of Stimulus Centered Neglect and Viewer Centered Neglect in Left and Right Hemisphere Stroke Patients

Anupama Rani, PhD, Barrow Neurological Institute | Multifaceted Outcome Benefit of Glibenclamide After Murine Traumatic Brain Injury Across Sex

Nidhi Ravishankar, MD, Norton Childrens Hospital, Department of Pediatric Neurology | Anti-Seizure Prophylaxis in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury

Lisa Richey, BA, Johns Hopkins University | Associations of Prior Head Injury with Mild Behavioral Impairment Domain Symptoms

Nicole Rosendale, MD, University of California, San Francisco | Exploring Stroke Risk Factors and Outcomes in Sexual and Gender Minority People

Sara Saez-Atienzar, PhD Genetic Modifiers Determine the Symptom Onset Age Among ALS/FTD Patients Carrying the C9orf72 Repeat Expansion

Nil Saez Calveras, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center | Profiling Tau Pathology in Essential Tremor

Alessandro Salvalaggio, MD, PhD, University of Padova | White Matter Density Predicts Overall Survival in Glioblastoma: A New Connectivity Framework for Brain Tumors

Emily Schorr, MD, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University | Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Biomarkers: Plasma Neurofilament Light Chain and Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein Levels are Elevated and Correlated

Hiroaki Sekiya, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic | Distribution of α-Synuclein Oligomers in Brains of Parkinson’s Disease Patients with LRRK2 Mutations

Alberto Serrano-Pozo, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital | APOE is Independently Associated with the Heterogeneity of Cognitive Decline Rate in the Normal Aging-Early Alzheimer’s Disease Continuum

Banafsheh Shakibajahromi, MD, MPH, University of Pennsylvania | Anticoagulation Under-Utilization in Atrial Fibrillation Patients Disproportionately Causes Stroke with Large Vessel Occlusion

Ruchi Shukla, PhD, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences | Blood-CSF-Barrier Permeability in Tuberculous Meningitis and Its Association with Clinical, MRI and Inflammatory Cytokines

Kelly Sloane, MD, University of Pennsylvania | Always Look on the Bright Side: Associations of Optimism with Functional Outcomes After Stroke

Samiksha Srivastava, MD, Wayne State University | Comparing Autoimmunity in Patients with MS and Epilepsy versus MS Patients without Epilepsy

Isha Srivastava, MD, PhD, Stanford University | A Novel Mouse Model of Cerebral Demyelination in X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy Highlights NLRP3 Activation in Lesion Pathogenesis

Rebecca Stafford, BA, Boston University Medical Center | Serial Assessment of Aspects Regions as a Stronger Predictor of Outcomes

Dale Tager, BSc, Emory University | The Effect of Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS) on Cognitive, Psychiatric and Quality of Life Outcomes in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Richa Tripathi, MD, West Virginia University | Project Title: Monitoring and Preventing Neuroleptic Use in Parkinsonian Population in an Inpatient Setup - Quality Control Measure

Vesna van Midden, MD, University Medical Centre Ljubljana | Asymmetry of Frontal Sleep Spindle Power in Parkinson's Disease with and without REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Rani Priyanka Vasireddy, MBBS, MHA, University of Kentucky | A Case Series of Children with Choreo-Athetoid Movements Diagnosed with Anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate Receptor Encephalitis

Mary Vo, MD, PharmaD, Weill Cornell Medicine | Adult Onset Niemann-Pick Disease Type C Masquerading as Spinocerebellar Ataxia

Kellen Winden, MD, PhD, Boston Children's Hospital | EGR1 Dysregulation in Neurons with mTOR Hyperactivation

Jens Witsch, MD, University of Pennsylvania | Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Biomarker Titers and Delayed Cerebral Ischemia in Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Selina Yogeshwar, BSc, MSc, Stanford University | Rank Wise Effect of HLA-DQ5 Explains Risk for the Development of Anti-IgLON5 Disease

Takanori Yokota, MD, Tokyo Medical and Dental University Department of Neurology | Blood-Brain-Barrier (BBB) Penetrating DNA/RNA Heteroduplex Oligonucleotide Regulating CNS Genes by Systemic Administration

Zheming Yu, MD, University of Mississippi Medical Center | Quantitative Striatal [<sup>123</sup>I] Ioflupane Uptake in Tremor versus Postural Instability and Gait Difficulty Syndrome without Presynaptic Dopaminergic Deficiency

Ifrah Zawar, MD, University of Virginia | Inter-Ictally Negative Drug Resistant Epilepsies: Localization and Characteristics

David Zhao, BS, Johns Hopkins University | Acute Brain Injury Due to Asymmetric Cerebral Desaturation is Time Dependent in Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Monitored by Near Infrared Spectroscopy

Jing Zhou, PhD, University of California, San Francisco | Mechanism Underlying Persistent Behavior Deficits in Mouse Models of Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis