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  • 22 Jan 2020 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    We invite neurologists in training to apply for the AINA Neurology Trainee Award. The deadline for application is March 23, 2020. Any in-training neurologist of Indian origin and who is also a first or senior author on an abstract accepted to the American Academy of Neurology meeting is eligible for the award. You must be physically present at the AINA Annual meeting to receive the award.There will be three award winners based upon a review team. The top three abstracts will receive $500, $250, and $100, respectively, and a recognition plaque at the AINA meeting in Toronto.

  • 14 Jan 2020 8:22 AM | Anonymous


    I am indeed very grateful to be chosen for the AINA Lifetime Achievement Award.  More than any one individual, this award highlights the work of AINA members in advancing patient care, teaching and research by neurologists of Indian origin in the United States, India and elsewhere. 

    Prakash Kotagal received his medical degree from the University of Madras, India. He trained in Pediatrics at St. Louis University, Pediatric Neurology at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, followed by fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology & Epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic as well as Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is Professor of Neurology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Staff Physician at Cleveland Clinic in the Pediatric Epilepsy Section.

    Dr. Kotagal is an author on 122 papers, 17 editorials/letters and 41 book chapters. He also edited the textbook: The Epilepsies: Etiologies & Prevention. His research interests include: Pediatric Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery, Seizure Semiology, Neurostimulation, New Antiepileptic Drugs and the Relationship between Sleep & Epilepsy.

    Dr. Kotagal served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology and is on the editorial boards of several journals. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society. He is President-elect of the Association of Indian Neurologists in America (AINA).

    AINA extends sincere congratulations to Dr. Kotagal for his lifetime of great work! Dr. Kotagal will be recognized at the 37th Annual AINA Dinner Meeting in conjunction with AAN's annual meeting.

  • 30 Dec 2019 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    AINA-Epilepsy had their 11th Annual meeting on December 8th in Baltimore, during the American Epilepsy Society meeting.

    About 100 attendees were present at the meeting, both from the United States and India. The meeting discussed important issues regarding collaboration between US epileptologists, it also discussed other issues important to the Epilepsy communituy here in the US. US-India collaboration was also discussed. The leaders of the Indian Academy of Neurology and the Indian Epilepsy Society attended the meeting. They spoke highly of the current collaboration between AINA & IAN, particularly the Observership training program for young Indian neurologists. This program has been much appreciated in India. The efforts to plan the service projects for the underserved here in the US and in India were also reviewed at the meeting. See below photos from the event.



  • 17 Dec 2019 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    AINA Executive Committee member Seemant Chaturvedi, MD received the Stewart J. Greenebaum Endowed Professor of Stroke Neurology position at a recent Investiture ceremony held at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Chaturvedi is pictured with Neurology Department Chairman Dr. Peter Crino (left) and SOM Dean Dr. Albert Reece (right).


  • 26 Nov 2019 3:49 PM | Anonymous

    *From the ANA November Newsletter 

    Narcolepsy affects an estimated 135,000 to 200,000 people in the United States, possibly more. It is a chronic sleep disorder characterized by abnormally fast transition into rapid eye movement (REM) sleep patterns — sometimes during the day or in the middle of the activities — and can be debilitating. The primary symptom of narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnolence); many patients also experience cataplexy (sudden muscle weakness, limpness or inability to move), sleep paralysis, and hypnagogic hallucinations (vivid hallucinations experienced as a person is falling asleep). There are two known disease subtypes: narcolepsy and narcolepsy with cataplexy.

    We spoke with Pradeep Sahota, MD, FAAN, FANA, FAASM, FAES, FACP, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center, and Director of the Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, to learn about new developments in narcolepsy treatment and pathophysiology. You can read the full Q&A here.

  • 22 Nov 2019 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    Shafali Jeste, M.D., was selected to receive the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

    Kelvin Droegemeier, Ph.D., and Shafali Jeste, M.D.Jeste is a pediatric neurologist and an associate professor of psychiatry, neurology and pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her research is focused on developing more precise methods for early prediction and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, using biomarkers and other genetic information, with the ultimate goal of improving the timing and targets of treatments for these conditions. She has designed studies to aid in the early prediction of autism, including autism related to the genetic disorders tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and dup15q syndrome. Her work in TSC led to the first randomized controlled clinical trial of behavioral intervention in infants who are likely to develop autism due to TSC. Jeste, who also is the founder and director of the UCLA Care and Research in Neurogenetics Clinic and a principal investigator at  the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment, is the principal  investigator for several current studies, including a multi-site National Institutes of Health-funded study focused on identifying brain biomarkers, genetic risk factors and early intervention in autism. She holds several international leadership roles, such as the Chair of the International Baby Siblings Research Consortium, board member of the International Society for Autism Research, and board member of the American Brain Foundation. The PECASE award federal government’s highest honor recognizing scientists for their contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. It also recognizes community service as demonstrated by scientific leadership, public education and community outreach. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the awards with participating departments and agencies. The awards ceremony was held July 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

  • 03 Nov 2019 9:15 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Kevin Sheth from Yale University co-authored the AHA/ASA acute stroke guideline update that was published October 30th online. Dr. Sheth is the Chief, Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology; Associate Chair, Clinical Research, Department of Neurology; Director, Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at Yale School of Medicine & Yale New Haven Hospital. 

    Congratulations to Dr. Sheth!

  • 23 Oct 2019 11:36 AM | Anonymous

    Deadline TODAY for Submission - October 23, 2019

    The AINA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a leader in neurology by her/his peers. The recipient will be a North American neurologist chosen based on her/his dedication in advancing the training of North American neurologists of Indian origin and promoting innovation and research in the field of neurology. The recipient will have supported Indian neurologists over a significant period of time in achieving meaningful progress toward expressed goals.

    View all past award recipients

    Recipient will receive:

    • $1,000 prize
    • Recognition plaque
    • Recognition in AAN's 70th Annual Meeting material


    • Open to AAN members
    • Must be nominated by an AAN member
    • Nominee must be a North American neurologist

    Deadline: The 2020 awards deadline is October 23, 2019. More information is located on the AINA Website

  • 10 Oct 2019 9:26 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Deepti Vibha was one of four neurologists who completed an observership through the IAN-AINA program! Hear more from Deepti about the experience below!

    The Observership in Vascular Neurology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) provided me the unique opportunity to learn about the quick workflow and management of acute stroke patients, and its tele stroke services (to about 42 neighboring centers). The participation of Neurology and Neurosurgery fellows in the vascular intervention services was another new learning experience. Visit to the specialized stroke outpatient clinics was an opportunity to see the patients being managed and monitored after they’ve been discharged and sent to rehabilitation services. The learning has enriched me with ideas which would help me in better organizing stroke care services. While a combination of higher quantum of stroke patients, lack of universal electronic medical records and less structured rehabilitation services are impediments to stroke care back home, the small, yet very useful exposure to operational services and training programmes here, will be an advantage for me for serving stroke patients. I would like to express my gratitude to all coordinating faculty members from AINA and IAN for conception and implementation of this Observership Programme. Special thanks to Dr Gagandeep Singh and Dr Sanjay Singh for guiding me through the process and the UPMC team for providing the great learning experience.

  • 17 Sep 2019 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    Dr. Sujit Jagtap was one of four neurologists who completed an observership through the IAN-AINA program! Hear more from Sujit about his experience below!

    Updating myself with the recent and comprehensive knowledge of epilepsy surgery evaluation as an Epileptologist from India, the IAN-AINA fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, USA turned out to be an excellent opportunity. I thank Dr Prakash Kotagal for facilitating my introduction to a wonderful group of clinicians and researchers in my one month of stay. Initial two weeks, I had an opportunity to accompany him in the outpatient department where elicitation of seizure semiology in patients of epilepsy and also the post-surgical counselling was detailed. Additionally, daily VEEG and EEG rounds introduced me to epilepsy networks  which is a relatively recent and fascinating concept in the field of epilepsy surgery. The exploration of the epilepsy network was enhanced by exposure to SEEG, its technicalities and interpretation, all thanks to the eminent consultants and the friendly fellows. A brief tour to the MEG lab was a cherry on top. The overall experience at Cleveland has pumped my enthusiasm, boosted my confidence and humbled me in the vastness of knowledge, all of which that I need to serve my patients, back here in India.


    With Dr Kotagal With Dr Juan Bulacio With Epilepsy Fellows during conference

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