2014 AANS Annual Report - page 38

In addition to the AANS International Lifetime Recognition Award, other AANS International Awards included:
Best International Abstract Award:
This honor is awarded to the author of the highest-ranking international
abstract submitted to the 82nd AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. In 2014, this honor went to Jan Coburger,
MD, from Günzburg, Germany, for his abstract, titled Aminolevulinic acid fluoroescence exceeds Gd-DTPA
enhanced intraoperative MRI in tumor detection at the border of glioblastoma multiforme: A prospective
study based on a histopathological assessment.
International Travel Scholarship:
This scholarship provides $1,500 to support the attendance of a
neurosurgeon from a developing country to the 82nd AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. The 2014 recipient
was Sumit Sinha, MD, from New Delhi, India, for his abstract, titled Effect of IL-6-174 G/C ploymorphism in
predicting disability and functional outcome in patients with severe Traumatic Brain Injury (STBI).
The AANS also creates fellowship opportunities for neurosurgeons in under-served countries to travel
to North America for educational experiences. The 2014 recipients of the AANS International Visiting
Surgeon Fellowships:
Shabal Sapkota, MD
, from Biratnagar, Nepal. Sapkota visited Louisiana State University in Shreveport, La.,
under the observation of Anil Nanda, MD, MPH, FAANS. Sapkota gained experience in neurotrauma and
neurocritical care, as well as pediatric neurosurgery and neurooncology. He observed the latest skills and
instruments to deal with diseases of the brain and spinal cord.
Dang Do Thanh Can, MD
, from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Can visited Children’s Hospital of Alabama,
Birmingham under the observation of W. Jerry Oakes, MD, FAANS. His main focus was pediatric
neurosurgery, with special emphasis on brain tumors, hydrocephalus, spina bifida and spasticity.
The AANS also offers a fellowship supporting a post-
neurosurgical resident travelling overseas for scientific
enrichment, prior to beginning an academic career in
neurological surgery. The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship
was designed to give freedom in scientific development
without the restrictive limitations usually imposed by many
research grants and fellowships. Read more about the Van
Wagenen Fellowship on page 24 of this Annual Report.
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