Clinical Research Fundraising Campaign Honors Legacy of Susan S. Spencer, MD, FAAN

September 25, 2009


To honor the legacy of Susan S. Spencer, MD, FAAN, a former member of the AAN Board of Directors, the AAN Foundation has created the Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Circle, and is inviting members to consider being part of the legacy. The Foundation's goal is to raise enough funds to be able to announce the new Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship at the 2010 Annual Meeting and award its first fellowship in 2011.

Spencer, who passed away suddenly in May, served on the AAN Board from 2001 to 2003 and was a past chair of the Clinical Research Subcommittee. She also served on the Science Committee, Neurology® Editorial Board, and AAN Foundation Research Council, among others. Spencer was a professor of neurology and neurosurgery and co-director of the Yale Epilepsy Program with her husband, Dennis D. Spencer, MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.

Spencer was a tireless champion of the Foundation's efforts to establish funding for critically important clinical research fellowships. When external funding could not be found, Spencer persuaded the AAN Board of Directors to commit $40,000 to fund the first year of a two-year fellowship, thus launching the AAN Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellowships.

To join the Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Circle, donors must make a $5,000 commitment, either in a one-time donation or payable at $1,000 per year for five years. Donate Online Today.

For more information on donating to the Foundation, visit the Support for Research page, or contact Kris Fridgen at or (651) 695-2726.