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  • 21 Nov 2017 7:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are happy to share that our first get together of AINA-Neurocritical Care Section at the Kona Tap Room, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii was a success. This get together during the 15th Annual Neurocritical Care Society meeting in October 2017 was a great starting point in understanding the mission of AINA.

    Dr. Vineeta Singh helped put together a list of Neurointensivists of Indian origin using a list of board certified Neuro intensivists from the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) website. Of course, there were many trainees and Neurointensivists we missed including. Our goal is to create inter-generational mentorship for Neurointensivists just like AINA has created for Neurologists of Indian origin. We hope to spread this message to our Neurocritical care colleagues and encourage their involvement in this mission.

    Neha Dangayach and Sachin Agarwal will be co-ordinating this section's future meetings.

  • 21 Nov 2017 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The newly created Residents and Fellow Section held their first meeting in early November to help determine training needs for future neurologists in AINA and in their professional practices. 

    The Residents and Fellow Section members are: Zain Guduru, Deepak Gupta, Vishal Shah, Urvish Patel and lead with Executive Committee Members - Seemant Chaturvedi, Prachi Mehndiratta and Vishal Jani. The section determined to be sure to add additional benefits to belonging to AINA, as well as adding mentors of AINA to help develop new neurologists. Each of the members will be working in their region to grow membership and interest in AINA. We continue to look forward to additional updates from the Resident and Fellows Section to grow AINA!

  • 01 Nov 2017 10:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear AINA members:

    The Resident and Fellow section would like to establish a mentor-mentee program to connect Neurologists in academia and private practice with those in training. This is an excellent suggestion and it offers a method to grow AINA and help the next generation of Indian neurologists.

    Please let Jamie Michael, AINA Association Staff, know if you are willing to be included in the roster of mentors and if you prefer one mentee only or if you are open to advising more than one neurologist in a training program. 

    Thank you.

    -Seemant Chaturvedi, MD, FAAN

    AINA President

  • 20 Oct 2017 5:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Krishnankutty (Krish) Sathian, MBBS, PhD, FANA, who previously served as professor of neurology, rehabilitation medicine and psychology at Emory University, has took over as chair of the Department of Neurology for Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Sathian is also Professor of Neurology, Neural & Behavioral Sciences and Psychology at Penn State University.

    Dr. Sathian is committed to improving the lives of patients suffering from dementia and other neurological disorders.  A neurologist and neuroscientist with clinical and research interests in cognitive neurorehabilitation, his research interests also include multisensory perception, visual rehabilitation and interfaces between perception and language.

    He underwent medical training at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, graduating as the class valedictorian. He obtained his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he was the recipient of the Sir MacFarlane Burnet Biomedical Research Scholarship of the state of Victoria and the Sir Grafton Elliot Smith Award of the Australian Neuroscience Society.

    He moved to the United States for postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, then completed a residency in neurology at the University of Chicago. In 1994, he joined the faculty at Emory University. Dr. Sathian is a graduate of the Academic Leadership Program at Emory University. He directed the Rehabilitation Research and Development Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation at the Atlanta VA from 2009-2017, and served as neurology vice chair for faculty recruitment and development from 2015-17. He is a past president of the American Society for Neurorehabilitation (2013-14).

    Dr. Sathian’s research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1995-2018, and he has also received funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  and private foundations. Apart from authoring numerous publications and book chapters, he is co-editor of a volume on cognitive plasticity. His study section service includes multiple NIH, VA and Department of Defense panels. A fellow of the American Neurological Association, he serves on a number of editorial boards, including that of the Journal of Neuroscience, and is a member of the Faculty of 1000. He received the 2001 Albert Levy Award for the best scientific publication by a senior faculty member at Emory University.



  • 16 Oct 2017 7:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Indian Neurologists make their mark at 2017 ANA conference

    Several neurologists of Indian origin had featured roles in the 2017 American Neurologic Association (ANA) conference.

    Dr. Kevin Sheth, Chief of the Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology and Associate Chair for Clinical Research at Yale University School of Medicine, received the Derek Denny Brown Young Neurological Scholar award in Clinical Science. Dr. Sheth gave a presentation on future treatments for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and how best to design ICH trials in the future. Dr. Sheth thanks vascular neurologists and neurocritical care physicians from AINA who have inspired him to pursue an academic career focused on excellence.

    Dr. Shri Mishra, Professor of Neurology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, spoke on “The future of Global Neurology and the ANA Global Neurology Fellowship.” Dr. Mishra also chaired the ANA global neurology task force.

    AINA President Dr. Seemant Chaturvedi, from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, chaired the Cerebrovascular disease Special Interest Group and was a panelist in the “Meet the Editors” interactive session.

    Dr. Pravin Khemani, of UT-Southwestern Medical Center, chaired the Special Interest Group on Movement disorders.

    Dr. Sanjeev Thomas of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences, spoke in the Global Neurology session on “Neurology in India.”

    Several other neurologists of Indian origin spoke in breakout sessions at the 2017 ANA conference and many were first authors of posters. We congratulate all for their accomplishments.

  • 05 Oct 2017 8:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recrudescence of Deficits After StrokeClinical and Imaging Phenotype, Triggers, and Risk Factors

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    Key Points

    Question  What are the clinical features, triggers, and risk factors of poststroke recrudescence?

    Findings  This crossover cohort and case-control study of 153 patients admitted for poststroke recrudescence found that it occurs approximately 4 years after the index stroke and is characterized by mild worsening of poststroke deficits that usually resolve within 1 day. Infection, hypotension, hyponatremia, insomnia or stress, and benzodiazepine use are important precipitants; recrudescence is more common in women, African American individuals, and patients with vascular risk factors, severe deficits, or infarcts affecting deep white matter tracts within the middle cerebral artery territory.

    Meaning  Results from this study should enable prompt diagnosis and help distinguish poststroke recrudescence from mimics.


    Importance  Reemergence of previous stroke-related deficits (or poststroke recrudescence [PSR]) is an underrecognized and inadequately characterized phenomenon.

    Objective  To investigate the clinical features, triggers, and risk factors for PSR.

    Design, Setting, and Participants  This retrospective study incorporated a crossover cohort study to identify triggers and a case-control study to identify risk factors. The study used the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Patient Data Repository to identify patients for the period January 1, 2000, to November 30, 2015, who had a primary or secondary diagnosis of cerebrovascular disease, who underwent magnetic resonance imaging of the brain at least once, and whose inpatient or outpatient clinician note or discharge summary stated the term recrudescence. In all, 153 patients met the preliminary diagnostic criteria for PSR: transient worsening of residual poststroke focal neurologic deficits or transient recurrence of prior stroke-related focal deficits, admission magnetic resonance imaging showing a chronic stroke but no acute infarct or hemorrhage, no evidence of transient ischemic attack or seizure, no acute lesion on diffusion-weighted imaging, and no clinical or electroencephalographic evidence of seizure around the time of the event.

    Main Outcomes and Measures  Clinical and imaging features of PSR; triggers (identified by comparing PSR admissions with adjacent admissions without PSR); and risk factors (identified by comparing PSR cases with control cases from the Massachusetts General Hospital Stroke Registry).

    Results  Of the 153 patients, 145 had prior infarct, 8 had hypertensive brain hemorrhage, and 164 admissions for PSR were identified. The patients’ mean (SD) age was 67 (16) years, and 92 (60%) were women. Recrudescence occurred a mean (SD) of 3.9 (0.6) years after the stroke, lasted 18.4 (20.4) hours, and was resolved on day 1 for 91 of the 131 episodes with documented resolution time (69%). Deficits were typically abrupt and mild and affected motor-sensory or language function. No patient had isolated gaze paresis, hemianopia, or neglect. During PSR, the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score worsened by a mean (SD) 2.5 (1.9) points, and deficits were limited to a single NIHSS item in 62 episodes (38%). The underlying chronic strokes were variably sized, predominantly affected white matter tracts, and involved the middle cerebral artery territory for 112 patients (73%). Infection, hypotension, hyponatremia, insomnia or stress, and benzodiazepine use were higher during PSR admissions. Compared with the control group (patients who did not experience recrudescence), the PSR group (patients who were hospitalized for recrudescence) had more women, African American individuals, and those who self-identified as being from “other” race. The PSR group also had more diabetes, dyslipidemia, smoking, infarcts from small-vessel disease, and “other definite” causes and worse onset NIHSS scores. Six patients (4%) received intravenous tissue plasminogen activator without complications.

    Conclusions and Relevance  The PSR features identified in the study should enable prompt diagnosis and distinguish recrudescence from mimics, such as transient ischemic attacks, migraine, Todd paralysis, and Uhthoff phenomenon. Prospective studies are required to validate the proposed diagnostic criteria and to decipher underlying mechanisms.

  • 01 Sep 2017 10:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Get registered today! Click Here to view the detailed scientific program. Please view below featured AINA Members who are presenting at the Meeting! 
    *These presenters are according to our current records. Please let us know if you are presenting and are an AINA member, and we will send an updated list.

     Date/Time  Presenter  Title
     9/10: 11:00-12:00 hrs Aarti Sarwal Diaphragmatic & Neuromuscular Ultrasound
     9/10: 9:30-10 hrs Aashist Shah Pushing the Boundaries of Epilepsy Surgery
     9/10: 7:30-8:30 hrs Avindra Nath Interpretation of CSF Findings in Neuro-Infections
     9/9: 9:30-10:20 hrs Avindra Nath Proj J S Chopra Oration - Endogenous Retroviruses in Neurological Disorders
     9/7: 14:00-15:30 hrs Chitra Venkatasubramanian Advanced Non-invasive and Invasive Multimodality Neurological Monitoring in NICU
     9/8: 12:00-13:00 hrs Chitra Venkatasubramanian
    Post-Cardiac Arrest Coma
     9/7: 14:00-15:30 hrs Prakash Kotagal Epileptic Encephalopathies
     9/8: 14:00-15:00 hrs Prakash Kotagal Recent Advances in Epilepsy
     9/8: 14:00-15:00 hrs Ramesh Madhavan Recent Advances in Stroke
     9/9: 17:30-19:00 hrs Ramesh Madhavan Pregnancy and Stroke
     9/7: 16:00-17:00 hrs Sanjay Singh Guest Lecture-1: A New Era in Neurology
     9/8: 14:00-15:00 hrs Sanjay Singh Recent Advances in Our Understanding of the BRAIN
     9/8: 18:30-19:30 hrs Sanjay Singh Neurology - The Final Frontier
     9/7: 16:00-17:00 hrs Thyagarajan Subramanian Guest Lecture 2: Beyond Symptomatic Management in Parkinson's Disease - Is Disease Modification and Restorative Therapy Imminent?
     9/7: 14:00-15:30 hrs Vinay Chaudhary Personalized treatment in ALS & SMA

     9/9: 17:30-1900 hrs Vineeta Singh Tough Calls in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

  • 28 Aug 2017 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations are now being accepted for the awarding of the 2018 AINA Lifetime Achievement Award.  Learn more and submit a nomination today!  The deadline for nominations is October 27, 2017.   

  • 28 Jun 2017 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Association of Indian Neurologist in America (AINA) is establishing a Resident & Fellow (R&F) section. The R&F section has several goals, including to serve as a networking platform, explore opportunities for mentoring, and advance the potential of international exchange with colleagues from centers in India. Please review the AINA website at

    AINA invites all resident and fellows of Indian origin at neurology training programs in the US to join the R&F section.

    AINA is also looking for four trainees to serve on the R&F executive committee. This is a good opportunity to interact with AINA leaders and show your leadership skills.

    If you are interested in applying for the R&F executive committee, please send a 1-2 paragraph statement of interest along with your CV to Jamie Michael, AINA Association Director, at

    Applications for the R&F executive committee will be accepted until Aug 15, 2017.

  • 02 Jun 2017 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    Indian Academy of Neurology Turns "25" in 2017. On behalf of the Organizing Committee of IANCON2017, it gives us great pleasure to announce that the 25th Annual Conference of the Indian Academy of Neurology, will be held in Chennai, at ITC Grand Chola from the 7th to the 10th September 2017.

    We consider it a proud privilege that we have been given the opportunity to host this landmark event at the Medical Capital of India.

    Plans are Already underway to ensure that this conference will be a scientific feast and we welcome you to Chennai, the biggest cultural, economic and educational center in southern India. 

    Dr. U Meenakshisundaram

    Organising Chairman

    Dr C U Velmurugendran

    Organising Secretary

    Dr U Meenakshisundaram


    Dr. Deepak Arjundas

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