Funding organisation:National Multiple Sclerosis Society USA

The John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research is awarded jointly by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The Prize, currently in the amount of $15,000, recognizes outstanding contributions to research in the understanding, treatment or prevention of multiple sclerosis. The prize recognizes significant and exciting work that has changed the way we think about multiple sclerosis. This Prize is not meant to be a lifetime achievement award.

The award is made possible through a special contribution from the John Dystel Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund at the National MS Society. The late Society National Board member Oscar Dystel and his late wife Marion established this fund in 1994 in honor of their son John Jay, an attorney whose promising career was cut short by progressive disability from MS. John died of complications of the disease in June 2003.

The recipient is expected to give a 20-minute lecture during a scientific session at the latest AAN Annual Meeting, and will receive:

  • $15,000 prize to be used at the recipient's discretion
  • Complimentary registration for the latest American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting
  • Reimbursement for attending the latest Annual Meeting travel and two days’ meals and lodging expenses (Benefits are dependent on the ability to execute the in-person portion of the Annual Meeting.)


Applicant/Nominee must be actively engaged in basic or clinical research related to multiple sclerosis.

Nominators/Applicants should follow this link to the AAN's Website, log in or create a log in, and follow instructions. Nominators/Applicants should submit one complete set of the following materials:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Request a letter from colleague summarizing applicant's body of work including:*
    • Relevant background material
    • Research accomplishments placed in context
    • Assessment of the direct or indirect impact of contributions to the understanding of multiple sclerosis
*Note: the applicant will request this on the application form, and the colleague will submit directly to the site

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