Social Justice Symposium

Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT

The ANA is challenging itself to become a champion of 21st century academic neurology and neuroscience. Given that its past was marred by systemic racism, the ANA is working hard to find new ways to rectify these exclusionary practices. To meet these challenges, ANA is redoubling its efforts around inclusion and diversity through educating the neurological community and implementing organizational changes. In line with these efforts, the ANA is hosting its inaugural Social Justice Symposium prior to ANA2020. During this symposium attendees will learn about topics ranging from the impact of social determinants of health on adverse health outcomes for people of color, health policy and participate in interactive breakout session designed to develop actionable steps to address inequity within academic neurology and neuroscience.

Continuing Medical Education

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 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Instructions for obtaining CME

Following the event, you will receive access to the evaluation. Please complete the online evaluation by 11/3/2020 to obtain CME credit. You will be provided with a certificate after completing the evaluation. If you have any questions, please contact the ANA Meeting Coordinator at:

Financial Disclosure Statements

The planners and faculty for this activity do not have any relationships to disclose.

Disclosure of Commercial Support

ANA received educational grants from the following ACCME-defined Commercial Interests to support the CME aspects of this event: Persyst Development Corporation



Justin C. McArthur, MBBS, MPH
Johns Hopkins University


Lesli Skolarus, MD, MS
University of Michigan


Allison Willis, MD, MS
University of Pennsylvania

Plenary Session: The Impact of Social Injustice on Health Outcomes and Healthcare Delivery

Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT


Speaker: Justin McArthur, MBBS, MPH, Johns Hopkins University

Presentation Title: Time for Transformation

Dr. Justin McArthur is the current President of the ANA. Dr. McArthur serves as Director of the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins and the Johns Hopkins/NIMH Research Center for Novel Therapeutics of HIV-associated Cognitive Disorders. He is a Professor of Neurology, Pathology, Medicine and Epidemiology. Dr. McArthur is nationally and internationally recognized for his work studying the natural history, development and treatment of HIV infection, multiple sclerosis, neurological infections and immune-mediated neurological disorders. He received his medical degree from Guys Hospital Medical School in London, UK, followed by an internship and residency in neurology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD where he also earned his master’s degree in public health. 

Speaker: Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Presentation Title: Chasing the Boogieman: The Pathophysiology of Racism

Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins is a dynamic speaker, author, scholar, a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Jenkins is appointed within the School of Nursing, the School of Social Policy & Practice, and The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He is also the Director of the Interpreting Attitudes toward Minorities in Medicine (I AM) Research Group. Dr. Jenkins, who is two-time award winner national journalist examines the influence of race, racism, and psychosocial stress within medicine. Dr. Jenkins leads research studies that analyze how stress lethally interacts with vascular-based diseases (e.g., heart disease, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes) and Alzheimer’s Disease in high-risk subgroups within the Black community. To best understand how racism makes people sick, Dr. Jenkins and his research team work with former professional football players, veterans, and people living with vascular-based diseases to create family-centered culturally sensitive and competent interventions.

Speaker: Harolyn M. E. Belcher, MD, MHS, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Presentation Title: Understanding and Prevention of Healthcare Disparities

Dr. Harolyn M.E. Belcher, is Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Kennedy Krieger Institute.  She is Co-Director of the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training, where she provided clinical, research, and advocacy experiences for over 600 diverse undergraduates through graduate school scholars.  Dr. Belcher is a Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and jointly appointed in the Department of Mental Health at Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was Principal Investigator on two National Child Traumatic Stress Network grants. She serves on the National Academy of Sciences Board on the Children, Youth, and Families and Forum on Child Well-Being.

Speaker: Renuka Tipirneni, MD, MSc, University of Michigan

Presentation Title: Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Health Disparities: Progress and Future Needs

Dr. Renuka Tipirneni is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan whose research investigates the impact of health reform policies and programs on low socioeconomic status, aging and other vulnerable populations, and on delivery of care in the health care safety net. Her current work includes examinations of Medicaid policy including work requirements, behavioral health care innovations, and assessments of social determinants of health in clinical practice. She has evaluated the Affordable Care Act, Michigan’s Medicaid expansion and other state and federal policies. Dr. Tipirneni is passionate about the translation of research into implementation of health policies and practice.

Speaker: Valencia Walker, MD, PhD, Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University College of Medicine

Presentation Title: Interrogating the Intransigence of Intellectual Injustice: Examining Barriers and Exploring Solutions for a More Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive ANA

Dr. Valencia P. Walker recently joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital as the Associate Chief Diversity and Health Equity Officer. Prior to her new role, she served as an Assistant Dean of Equity and Diversity Inclusion for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. A physician leader, Dr. Walker chairs the California Medical Association’s Council on Legislation and provides guidance on the organization’s advocacy efforts. As a practicing neonatologist, she champions the elimination of maternal-infant health inequities. Dr. Walker received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and a MPH degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Speaker: Frances E. Jensen, MD, University of Pennsylvania

Presentation Title: ANA’s Commitment to Social Justice

Dr. Frances E. Jensen is Professor of Neurology and Chairman of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Co-Director of Penn Translational Neuroscience Center. She was formerly Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Director of Translational Neuroscience and senior neurologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a graduate of Cornell Medical College and obtained her neurology residency training at the Harvard Longwood Neurology Residency Program. Her research focuses on mechanisms of epilepsy and stroke, and the mechanistic interaction of epilepsy with other disorders such as autism and dementia, with specific emphasis on elucidating new therapies for clinical trials development. Dr. Jensen received the 2007 Director’s Pioneer Award from the NIH to explore the interaction between epileptogenesis and cognitive dysfunction, and was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. Dr. Jensen was President of the American Epilepsy Society in 2012, has served on a number of other leadership boards including the Council for the Society for Neuroscience and the Council at NICHD, the scientific advisory panel at NIH for the BRAIN Initiative, and is currently President-Elect for the American Neurological Association. She has authored over 150 manuscripts on subjects related to her research and has been continuously funded by NIH since 1987 and received a NIH- NINDS Javits Award in 2020. Dr. Jensen has trained numerous clinical and basic research fellows who now hold independent faculty positions nationally and internationally. Dr. Jensen is a Trustee of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and is involved in community outreach for brain research and education. In addition, Dr. Jensen is an advocate for awareness of the adolescent brain development, its unique strengths and vulnerabilities, as well as their impact on medical, social, and educational issues unique to teenagers and young adults, and author of the book “The Teenage Brain”, released by Harper Collins in 2015/16, translated and published in over 25 languages worldwide.





Women of the ANA: Let's Talk About Race

Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Moderator: Regine M. Talleyrand, PhD, George Mason University

Dr. Regine Talleyrand is an Associate Professor for the Counseling Program in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the  University of Maryland and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Talleyrand has spent the past twenty years studying mental and physical health disparities in People of Color and developing culturally relevant counseling interventions for communities that have been underrepresented and underserved. She has published and presented extensively in the areas of eating disorders in African American women, racial identity development, acculturation stressors for immigrant populations, multicultural social justice counseling, career counseling and advising and mentoring relationships.

Discussant: Alycia Mosley, PhD, University of Rhode Island

Dr. Alycia Mosley Austin, is the Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Austin is a national leader in diversity and inclusion and oversees the Graduate School's Diversity and Inclusion Badge Program. While serving as Associate Director of URI's Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program she managed the administrative operations of the graduate program and played a key role in developing a new undergraduate major in neuroscience. Dr. Austin holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brown University and a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego.

Discussant: Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD, Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute

Dr. Bianca Jones Marlin is an incoming Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute. Dr. Marlin is currently a postdoc in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Richard Axel, where she investigates how traumatic experiences in parents affect the brain structure and behavior of their offspring. She discovered that the “love drug” oxytocin changes the way neurons communicate in response to a baby’s cry in a new mother. Dr. Marlin lives in NYC with her husband, 2 children, and their cat Santiago Ramón y Cajal, named after the famous neuroanatomist.

Discussant: Mollie McDermott, MD, MS, University of Michigan

Dr. Mollie McDermott, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan. She completed subspecialty training in Vascular Neurology. At the University of Michigan, Dr. McDermott serves as the Director of the Telestroke Program and the medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center. Dr. McDermott is interested in sex differences in stroke presentation, treatment, and quality of care and in the challenges for women in academic neurology.

Discussant: Eliza Miller MD, MS, Columbia University
Dr. Eliza C. Miller, is Assistant Professor of Neurology and a vascular neurologist in the Division of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease at Columbia University. Her clinical research focuses on cerebrovascular complications of preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, using both physiological and epidemiological approaches. She has received funding from the American Medical Association Foundation, the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr Foundation (Gerstner Scholars Award) and the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. She was the recipient of the American Heart Association's 2018 Robert G. Siekert New Investigator Award for her work on long term cerebrovascular complications of preeclampsia, and directs the NYP/Columbia Mothers Center Neurovascular Clinic, a multidisciplinary center for treatment of women with cerebrovascular complications during pregnancy and postpartum.

How to Improve Implicit Bias Training

Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Moderator: Allison Willis, MD, MS, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Allision Willis is an Associate Professor of Neurology and of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Additionally, she is a Senior Scholar in the CCEB, a senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, a Faculty Scholar at the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research Training, and Director of the Department of Neurology’s Translational Center of Excellence for Neuroepidemiology and Neurology Outcomes Research, and Co-director of the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research.  Dr. Willis has formal research training in analytical and spatial epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, health outcomes research. Dr. Willis’ formative training occurred at Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine, in the departments of Medicine, Neurology, and Epidemiology. She is a fellowship trained movement disorders specialist.
Speaker: Nao Hagiwara, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
Presentation TitleSteps to Success in Developing Effective Implicit Bias Training
Dr. Nao Hagiwara is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a leading researcher in the field of healthcare providers’ bias (i.e., prejudice and stereotyping) and racial disparities in healthcare and health. With training background in basic experimental social psychology, she grounds her applied disparities research in social psychology theories of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. To date, she has obtained multiple NIH grants on provider implicit bias and published over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Her recent work on provider implicit bias has also been featured in scientific magazines, including Scientific American and Monitor.



Speaker: Rachel Salas, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Presentation Title: The PreDoc Program: Pipeline Healthcare Apprenticeship Program

Dr. Rachel Salas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Medicine with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing. She is the Director for Ambulatory Sleep Services and the Assistant Medical Director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep. Dr. Salas is the Director of the Neurology Clerkship at Johns Hopkins and is an appointed member of the Alliance for Clinical Education. She is the Past-Chair of the American Academy of Neurology Consortium of Clerkship Directors and the Vice-Chair of the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee. She is the director of the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice for the School of Medicine. Nationally, she is a Co-Director for Interprofessional Teaming for the High Value Practice Academic Alliance. Dr. Salas is a certified strengths coach and uses a strength-based approach and coaching to connect to, support, and develop those involved with her educational mission and in her clinical practice. Dr. Salas is a 2019-21 Josiah Macy Scholar.

Fostering Diversity in Academic Neurology and Neuroscience Panel

Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Moderator: Lesli Skolarus, MD, MS, University of Michigan

Dr. Skolarus is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan. She is a vascular neurologist and holds a Master’s degree in Health and Health Care Research. Her research focuses on promoting health equity through community based participatory research, behavioral trials, designing and testing mobile health interventions, and health services research. She has worked in partnership with the Flint community for over a decade and for this work Dr. Skolarus and her community partners were awarded the inaugural Healthy Flint Research Community Academic Partnership Award. Dr. Skolarus is the immediate past-chair of the American Heart Association’s Minority Affairs Stroke Council.


Speaker: Chase Anderson, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Presentation Title: Minority Stress in Medicine

Dr. Chase Anderson is currently a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at University of California at San Francisco and recently graduated from adult psychiatry residency at The Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital.  He was born in Woodland Hills, California, and then moved to Seattle, Washington at age 12. He completed his undergraduate education in Chemistry at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master’s in Biological Engineering at MIT as well, and is a graduate of The Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

Speaker: Richard T. Benson, MD, PhD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH

Presentation Title: NINDS Health Disparities and Diversity Training Programs

Dr. Richard Benson is currently Director of the “Office of Global Health and Health Disparities” at the NIH/NINDS. Prior to this, he was Associate Medical Director for Stroke at Medstar Washington Hospital Center and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Benson received a BS from Fisk University, MS from Columbia University, and an MD/PhD from Meharry Medical college. He completed a neurology residency at the Harvard-Longwood neurology residency and stroke fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Benson has worked in academia, the public, and the private sectors. His areas of interest and expertise include health disparities/inequities, minority, community and global health, and diversity training.

Speaker: Amanda Brown, PhD, Johns Hopkins University 

Presentation Title: Training the Next Generation of Neurologists and Neuroscientists: Start Early, Go Deep

Dr. Amanda Brown, is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience. Her lab studies the molecular mechanisms of myeloid cell regulation of neuroinflammation and the functional impact on cognition after HIV-infection in humanized mice. Alongside her research, she has used several funding sources to provide research training and mentoring targeting the biomedical workforce pipeline at multiple stages. In the past 13 years, Dr. Brown in collaboration with faculty colleagues has trained hundreds of high school students with significant numbers continuing in a STEM-centric career pathway. Her most recent programs focus on undergraduates from backgrounds underrepresented in the brain sciences.

Speaker: Frances E. Jensen, MD, University of Pennsylvania

Presentation Title:  Department Chair’s Perspective on Fostering Diversity and Inclusion