Alpert Medical School

AANS Student Chapter

Upcoming Conference

The Alpert Medical School chapter of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is proud to present:





sponsored by


hosted virtually at


222 Richmond St, Providence, RI 02903
January 9, 2021


We are excited to announce that the Brown University Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Neurology will be hosting the third Student Neurosurgery/ Neurology Research Conference, a national conference for medical students conducting research in neurosurgery/neurology or related neuroscience fields. Due to COVID-19, this conference will be held in a virtual format over Zoom. This conference is an opportunity for medical students to submit abstracts for consideration for research awards, present their research work in preparation for national conference meetings, network with one another, and meet residents in Brown’s Neurosurgery and Neurology residency programs.

The registration form and abstract submission portal for the abstract can be found here: The deadline for abstract submissions is 11:59 PM on December 22nd, 2020 and all decisions will be returned by the end of December. Guidelines and instructions for abstract authors can be found here.

4 abstracts will be chosen for abstract awards (with monetary prizes) and presentation at the lunchtime plenary oral session. All other accepted abstracts will be presented as shorter talks in the morning abstract presentation sessions, with the top 2 Neurology and top 2 Neurosurgery presentations also receiving abstract awards.






10:00-10:30am Introductory Address with Departmental Chairs and Medical Student Networking Speakers will be Dr. Karen Furie (Chair of Brown Neurology) and Dr. Ziya Gokaslan (Chair of Brown Neurosurgery)


10:30-12:30pm Abstract Presentation Sessions


All accepted abstracts will be presented as a 5- to 6- minute oral presentation, with time for Q&A. The top 2 Neurology and top 2 Neurosurgery abstracts will be recognized with abstract awards. 


12:30-1:00pm Independent Break for Lunch and Optional Breakout Rooms with Brown Neurosurgery and Neurology Residents  



1:00-1:50pm Oral Presentation Plenary Session for Top 4 Abstracts  Students with top scoring abstracts will have 13 minutes (10 minutes of presentation, 3 minutes for Q&A) to present their research.


1:50-4:00pm Keynotes There will be 2 Brown Keynote speakers and a closing keynote by an invited, external speaker: Dr. Stephen Salloway (Director of Neurology at Butler Hospital), Dr. Steven Toms (Vice Chair of Brown Neurosurgery), Dr. John Boockvar (Vice Chair of Neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, Featured in Netflix’s “Lenox Hill”).

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