Read monthly updates from Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of the AAN and AAN Institute, to learn how the Academy works to meet its mission to promote the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care and enhance member career satisfaction.



  • Website Redesign
    The redesign of will launch later this month. The site has been re-engineered to create a personalized, mobile-optimized, and member-focused experience, integrating the vast array of AAN resources with improved usability through a clear navigation and powerful search platform that spans all Academy websites. Once you log in, the new website is optimized to your member profile to display information, products, programs, and services tailored based on a member’s career stage, setting, specialty interest area, and past and current activities with the AAN. 
  • Membership Renewal
    If you haven’t already, remember to renew your membership for 2018 before the end of the year to retain access to your exclusive membership benefits.
  • Aid for Members and Institutions Affected by Hurricanes
    At the request of Carlos A. Luciano, MD, FAAN, professor and chair of neurology at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where medical facilities were crippled by Hurricane Maria, the AAN will provide assistance by: waiving 2018 membership dues for the university’s 12 adult neurology residents and four fellows; waiving the 2018 RITE® fee for nine residents and three pediatric neurology fellows; and providing $2,500 travel grants to three senior residents and two fellows to attend the 2018 AAN Annual Meeting. In addition, the AAN has approved the donation of $10,000 to the Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to aid in rebuilding and providing health care services. This aid is in addition to the AAN’s Hurricane Relief Fund for Affected Neurology Practices, which raised nearly $60,000 and provided help to 17 members in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Public Policy

  • Tax Reform Legislation
    The Senate and House have passed their separate versions of tax reform legislation and are now working through a conference committee to determine the final legislative language that will need to be passed by both chambers. The AAN has communicated its concerns with provisions related to neurology including: repeal of the individual mandate, elimination of the medical expense deduction, elimination of the student loan interest deduction, and elimination of tax-exempt status for graduate tuition waivers. An action alert was sent regarding the tax-exempt status of graduate tuition waivers and the student loan interest deduction and their importance to the advancement of neuroscience.
  • 2018 Federal Budget
    In lieu of passing an FY2018 budget, Congress has agreed upon another continuing resolution, which continues to fund the government at current levels until December 22. The House and Senate have both proposed increases in funding for the National Institutes of Health and BRAIN Initiative for FY2018, putting research funding in a good position as budget negotiations continue.


  • Axon Registry
    The Axon Registry® had a successful year opening to a wider membership in 2017. There are now 183 practices participating, and the goal of adding 120 new practices for the year was reached. Nearly three million patient visits have been collected and 1,100 providers have received feedback on the quality of their care.  


  • Breakthroughs in Neurology and New Career Essentials Conferences
    The deadline for early registration savings for two AAN conferences is January 3. Encourage early career members and others looking to brush up on key skills for success to register for the new Career Essentials Conference, covering topics from communication and negotiation strategies to business basics, practice tips and resources, and even advice and strategies for personal well-being and life-work balance. The conference will be held in Orlando, FL, January 13-15, co-located with the Breakthroughs in Neurology conference, which will offer a year-in-review of the best neurology science and education.
  • Annual Meeting Publication
    Get a preview of all the offerings planned for the 2018 AAN Annual Meeting in Los Angeles April 21 through 27. The meeting includes new career-focused tracks, specialty tracks, expanded experiential learning areas, an expanded Spanish-language curriculum, and a celebration of the AAN’s 70th anniversary to be held at Universal Studios


  • Neurology Chair Summit
    In an effort to augment its support for those in academic medicine, the AAN is hosting a Neurology Chair Summit on March 5, 2018, in Chicago, IL, that will bring adult neurology department chairs together to discuss issues they are facing. AAN President Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS, FAHA, FAAN, is leading a work group of department chairs, chairs and vice chairs of the Education and Science committees, and representatives from the American Neurological Association and the Association of University Professors of Neurology (AUPN) in organizing the summit, and department chairs have been invited to set the agenda for the summit. Response to the summit has been positive, with 95 of 147 department chairs already committed to attending. Issues raised at the summit will be prioritized and a roadmap for addressing the issues will be developed.

Leadership Programs

  • Diversity Leadership Program
    The deadline to apply for the Diversity Leadership Program is December 18. The eight-month program will kick off at the 2018 AAN Annual Meeting. Apply now or encourage a colleague to apply.

Research & Awards

  • New Scholarship
    The AAN is offering two new scholarships of $2,000 to allow advanced practice providers to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting. The deadline to apply or to submit a nomination is December 31. Learn more.


  • Neuroscience Is…Rewarding DayThe AAN’s first Neuroscience Is…™ Rewarding Day on November 30 was a hit. The AAN designated the day in honor of the birthday of Wilhelm Henrich Erb, MD, who is credited with popularizing the reflex hammer. As part of the celebration, and to encourage US medical students to learn more about the field of neurology, the AAN hosted a campaign through which the first 100 medical students to respond could receive a free Troemner hammer. The campaign proved a huge success, with all hammers claimed within 48 hours, and Twitter and Instagram lighting up with photos of the medical students posing with their new hammers and using the hashtags #NeuroscienceIs and #FutureNeurologist, and tagging @AANmember or @AANbrain.


  • New
    The online Neurology® has been redesigned. The new site features an “umbrella site” linking to the newest featured articles in all four Neurology journals and the two mini-sites, Innovations in Care Delivery and Without Borders. Each journal homepage features more article-based content, and functionality has been improved for more convenient browsing.
  • Publication Redesigns
    Watch for redesigns of the monthly membership publication AANnews® and the bimonthly email newsletter AANe-news™ coming in January. The fresh look for the publications is an extension of the newly redesigned