Research Careers Reimagined (RCR) Course

Developed by the Research Careers Reimagined (RCR) Course Planning Subcommittee, the 2024 RCR Course explores a variety of funding pathways for researchers in neurology from traditional mechanisms for funding from NIH to pharma. Topics to be covered include the impact of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, communication through social media, and academic publishing.

This course is open to Instructors, Assistant Professors, Trainees, Residents, and Postdoc Fellows only.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Wiley, publisher of the American Neurological Association's journals Annals of Neurology and Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology



Note: All session times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Schedule Subject to Change: The event’s operating hours, schedules, CME and speakers are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Refunds will be not issued for failure to attend the session. 


Laura J. Balcer, MD, MSCE, FANA, RCR 2024 Director; Professor of Neurology, Population Health and Ophthalmology; Vice Chair, Neurology, New York University Grossman School of Medicine, New York

Craig D. Blackstone, MD, PhD, FANA, RCR 2024 Co-Director; Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Movement Disorders Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston


8:00 AM – 8:10 AM  Welcome and Introduction
8:10 AM – 8:35 AM               Early Strategies for Establishing Commitment to Research in Your Career  
Speaker: Justin C. McArthur, MBBS, FAAN, FANA, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 
8:35 AM – 9:00 AM       Perspective: Research Careers Reimagined, Updated for 2024  
Speaker: M. Elizabeth Ross, MD, PhD, FANA, ANA President, Nathan Cummings Professor and Head, Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Development Director, Center for Neurogenetics Chair, Neuroscience Graduate Program Weill Cornell Medicine
9:00 AM – 9:25 AM                                                Accessing NIH Funding to Advance Treatments for Neurological Disorders  
Speaker: Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, FANA, Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda
9:25 AM – 9:50 AM Flexibility and Mentoring in Early Career Research: Navigating Promotion Pathways and Doing What You Enjoy Most  
Speaker: Craig D. Blackstone, MD, PhD, FANA, RCR 2024 Co-Director; Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Movement Disorders Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
9:50 AM – 10:15 AM            Starting and Developing a Successful Career as A Clinical Trialist: Art and Science Behind Investigator- and Industry-Initiated Studies
Speaker: Brian L. Edlow, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital 
10:15 AM – 10:35 AM Panel Discussion and Q&A
10:35 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Break and Networking
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM Life and Investigation in Industry
Speaker: Katherine Dawson, MD, Biogen Foundation
11:25 AM – 11:45 AM Discussion and Q&A
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Networking Lunch
12:30 PM – 12:55 PM Seeing the Big Picture: From Seeking Your First Job to Becoming a Leader in Academic Neurology  
Speaker: David M. Greer, MD, FANA, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine; Richard B. Slifka Chief of Neurology at Boston Medical Center
12:55 PM – 1:20 PM CTSIs and Resources to Support Clinical and Transitional Research
Speaker: Anthony S. Kim, MD, MAS, FANA, University of California San Francisco
1:20 PM – 1:45 PM Global Neurology Research Careers in Academic Medicine
Speaker: Omar Siddiqi, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
1:45 PM – 2:05 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
2:05 PM – 2:30 PM Coffee Break and Networking
2:30 PM - 2:55 PM Ask the Editor-in-Chief! Answers and Advice on Publishing
Speaker: Kenneth L. Tyler, MD, FANA, University of Colorado
2:55 PM – 3:20 PM Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Research, Scientific Writing and Academic Publishing
Speaker: Tim Requarth, PhD, New York University
3:20 PM – 3:45 PM Getting Your Publications, Projects and Collaborations Out There: Style Points for Social Media
Speaker: Kelly Sloane, MD, MS, University of Pennsylvania
3:45 PM – 4:05 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
4:05 PM Closing Remarks and Adjourn


The American Neurological Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Neurological Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsᵀᴹ. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Completion of this accredited CME activity meets the expectations of an Accredited Safety or Quality Improvement Program (IA_PSPA_28) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS).


Following the event, you will receive access to the evaluation. Please complete the online evaluation by 12/31/2024 to obtain CME credit. Those who complete it by 10/11/24 are entered to win a Starbucks Gift card. You will be provided with a certificate after completing the evaluation. If you have any questions, please contact the ANA's Education & Accreditation Manager, Jen Hurley at


The planners and faculty for this activity do not have any relationships to disclose unless listed here. Any relevant relationships with ACCME-defined ineligible companies are mitigated according to ACCME Standards prior to the start of the activity.