Award Lectures & Recipients

The ACNS Awards Committee, chaired by Jaime R. López, MD, FACNS, is pleased to announce the following award recipients, who will be recognized at the upcoming 2024 Annual Meeting & Courses in Orlando, Florida.

Herbert H. Jasper Award

Michael R. Sperling, MD, FACNS 

The Herbert H. Jasper Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of clinical neurophysiology.

Michael R. Sperling, MD is Baldwin Keyes Professor of Neurology and Vice Chair for Research at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, and Director of the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. He is an internationally recognized clinician-scientist in the field of epilepsy, known particularly for his work in clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy surgery, and investigational therapeutics.

He served at the President of ACNS in 2000. “Dr. Sperling has been a leading investigator in the physiology and clinical evaluation of patients with refractory epilepsy who are considered for epilepsy surgery. He has also been one of the best lecturers and teachers at ACNS meetings for the last two decades,” said Frank Drislane, MD, FACNS, who nominated Dr. Sperling.

Dr. Sperling will be recognized and will deliver the 2024 Jasper Lecture titled “Rethinking Seizures: How Current Concepts Fail to Meet Clinical Needs” on Saturday, March 2, 2024, during the Annual Meeting & Courses.

Pierre Gloor Award

Gordon Bryan Young, MD, FRCPC, FAAN, FANA 

The Pierre Gloor Award is presented annually for outstanding current contributions to central clinical neurophysiology research.

Gordon Bryan Young, MD, FRCPC, FAAN, FANA, is an Emeritus Professor of Neurology at Western University in London, Ontario. Dr. Young is the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences and has published on varied disorders, over 300 papers and reviews, with a special interest in encephalopathies, including EEG application. He is active as a neurologist in Owen Sound, Ontario, heading the stroke program for that region.

“Bryan Young has made seminal contributions to the field of critical care EEG monitoring and the definition of electrographic seizures. He was one of the first authors to demonstrate an independent association between electrographic seizures and outcomes,” stated Cecil Hahn, MD, MPH, FACNS, when nominating Dr. Young for this award.

Dr. Young will be recognized and deliver the Pierre Gloor Lecture titled “A Review of Periodicity in Electroencephalography” on Saturday, March 2, 2024, during the Annual Meeting & Courses.

Robert S. Schwab Award

Sanjeev D. Nandedkar, PhD 

The Robert S. Schwab Award is presented annually for outstanding current contributions to peripheral clinical neurophysiology research.

Sanjeev D Nandedkar, PhD is an Adjunct Professor of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a Senior Consultant at Natus Medical, Inc. in Middleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Nandedkar conducted research at Duke University, where he used computer models to understand the EMG signals in healthy muscles and disease, which led to the development of new quantitative measurements of the motor unit potentials and the interference pattern.

While nominating Dr. Nandedkar, Manoj Raghavan, MD, PhD, stated, “Dr. Nandedkar has had a highly accomplished career spanning four decades as a researcher, educator, and biomedical engineer in the field of clinical neurophysiology. He has produced over a hundred highly cited publications, many of them as the first author, over a dozen book chapters, and numerous abstracts. He started the “EMG on DVD” series with fourteen published volumes and taught at numerous national and international workshops on the topics of EMG, nerve conduction studies, and evoked potentials.”

During the COVID pandemic, Dr. Nandedkar developed a teaching website used by several thousand physicians and technologists from 50+ countries and has taught and conducted workshops in over 30 countries.

Dr. Nandedkar will be recognized and will deliver the 2024 Schwab Lecture titled “Motor Unit Potential: Measurements & Correlates” on Friday, March 1, 2024, during the Annual Meeting & Courses.

Marc R. Nuwer Service Award

Alan Dr. Legatt, MD, PhD, FACNS 

The Marc R. Nuwer Service Award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding service to ACNS and its members, including non-scientific contributions.

Alan D. Legatt, MD, PhD, FACNS received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his MD and PhD degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he is a Professor of Neurology.

Dr. Legatt has been an active ACNS member since 1987, serving on various committees, recently including the CME, Guidelines, and Advocacy Committees. He served on the EEG Laboratory Accreditation Board, the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology Editorial Board, and he was the CME Committee Chair from 2000 - 2005, during which he oversaw a successful ACNS reaccreditation from the ACCME. He co-directed the Clinical Evoked Potential Course during the 2013 - 2016 Annual Meetings and is the head of a sub-committee completing the latest revision of the ACNS Evoked Potential Guidelines.

Dr. Legatt will be recognized during the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, March 1, 2024, during the Annual Meeting & Courses.

Distinction in Service Award

Adriana Bermeo-Ovalle, MD, FACNS, FAES 

The Distinction in Service Award recognizes a mid-career ACNS member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the field of clinical neurophysiology at the institutional or national level.

Adriana Bermeo-Ovalle, MD, FACNS, FAES, is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. She is also the Director of a Clinic for Latino/Hispanic adults with epilepsy and the Co-Director of the Non-Epileptic Seizure Treatment (NEST) Clinic. She is the Medical Director of the EEG Laboratory at Rush University and the Inaugural podcast editor for Epilepsy Currents and Surgery and Devices Editor for

Courtney Wusthoff, MD, MS, FACNS nominated Dr. Bermeo-Ovalle, saying, “Dr. Bermeo-Ovalle has made substantial contributions to ACNS through her service in a number of areas. As one example, she personally took up the cause of translation of ACNS guidelines, a task requiring the coordination of multiple stakeholders that lacked a champion. She not only facilitated the translation of a number of guidelines to Spanish, she created a system for guidelines to be accurately translated to a number of languages, allowing ACNS a far broader impact.”

Dr. Bermeo-Ovalle will be recognized during the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, March 1, 2024, during the Annual Meeting & Courses.

Distinction in Teaching Award

Rebecca E. Matthews, MD 

The Distinction in Teaching recognizes a mid-career ACNS member for outstanding accomplishments in teaching clinical neurophysiology to fellows, residents, medical students, or EEG technologists.

Rebecca E. Matthews, MD is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, where she is the Neurology Residency Program Director and the Vice Chair of Education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Matthews started the “Emory EEG Case of the Day” series on Twitter, resulting in engagement with trainees all over the world. Dr. Matthews currently serves as the Chair of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Consortium of Program Directors; she won the AAN A.B. Baker Teaching Award in 2017 and the AAN Residency Program Director Recognition Award in 2021.

While nominating Dr. Matthews, Adriana Bermeo-Ovalle, MD, FACNS, FAES, offered, “Dr. Matthews has always been a dedicated clinician-educator. She has been recognized by her peers and trainees with multiple teaching awards since residency. She served as a neurology clerkship director while she was a faculty member at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Walter Reed) and later took the role as neurology residency program director at Emory since 2015. Dr. Matthews is well known for developing innovative and engaging educational content, including online-based and social media-supported tools to teach EEG.”

Dr. Matthews will be recognized during the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, March 1, 2024, during the Annual Meeting & Courses.

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