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In addition to the AANS International

Lifetime Recognition Award, other

international awards included:



This honor is awarded to the author of the

highest-ranking international abstract

submitted to the 2016 AANS Annual

Scientific Meeting. This honor went to

Hadie Adams, MD, from Cambridge, United

Kingdom, for his abstract, “Characterizing

the temporal evolution of ICP and

Cerebrovascular reactivity after severe

traumatic brain injury.”



This scholarship provides funding to

support the attendance of a neurosurgeon

from a developing country to the AANS

Annual Scientific Meeting. The 2016

recipient was Asra Al Fauzi, MD, IFAANS,

from Surabaya, Indonesia, for his abstract,

“Intraventricular Transplantation of

Autologous Bone Marrow Mesenchymal

Stem Cell in Hemorrhagic Stroke.”

The AANS also provides the International

Visiting Surgeon Fellowship for

neurosurgeons in developing countries to

travel to North America for educational


The 2016 recipients were Claire Karekezki,

MD, fromRwanda and Jude Kennedy Chinedu

Emejulu, MD, fromNigeria.

Dr. Karekezi carried out her fellowship

at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at

Harvard Medical Center under the guidance

of Ennio Antonio Chiocco, MD, PhD, FAANS.

Dr. Karekezi’s focus was on developing her

knowledge around neuro-oncology as this

specialty is limited in her country. Upon

returning home, she will be the first female

neurosurgeon in Rwanda.

Dr. Emejulu visited the Ochsner Medical

Center in New Orleans and worked

under the observation of Olawale A. R.

Sulaiman, PhD. Currently, Dr. Emejulu is

on the teaching staff at Nnamdi Azikiwe

University in his home country and has a

special interest in techniques to treat spinal

diseases. This fellowship is the beginning

of a partnership between the university

and medical center. Dr. Emejulu hopes to

establish a modern spine center in Nigeria.

The AANS also offers a fellowship

supporting a post-neurosurgical

resident travelling overseas for scientific

enrichment, prior to beginning an academic

career in neurosurgery. 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 39 of this Annual Report.

Other accomplishments this past year in

the advancement of international initiatives

included the AANS’ participation at the

following continental society meetings:


AACNS 2015 – Asian Australasian

Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Jeju

Islands, South Korea


FLANC 2015 – Federación

Latinoamericana de Sociedades de

Neurocirugía, Bogotá, Colombia


WFNS 2015 – World Federation of

Neurological Surgeons, Rome, Italy


SMCN 2015 – Sociedad Mexicana de

Cirugía Neurológica, Mazatlán, México