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Why Should You Get Excited About the 2024 Annual Meeting?

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03/27/2024
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Why Should You Get Excited About the 2024 Annual Meeting?

The neurology meeting of the year is coming to Denver and online this April with six days of top-tier education opportunities, the latest breaking science covering every specialty, all the CME you need for the year, and connections with neurology’s brightest minds from around the globe.

But what’s new this year? In this interview, Meeting Management Committee Chair Ann H. Tilton, MD, FAAN, and Vice Chair Hope O'Brien, MD, FAAN, MBA, give a behind-the-scenes peek at the 2024 AAN Annual Meeting.

Meeting Management Committee

Ann H. Tilton, MD, FAAN
Chair
Hope O'Brien, MD, FAAN, MBA
Vice Chair

Q: How do you see the success of the 2023 Annual Meeting positioning the 2024 meeting to be even better?
O’Brien: “2023 was a record-breaking year. We had over 15,000 attendees with 9,600+ in person and just under 3,000 online. We had more than 2,600 trainees with us and more than 110 countries were represented. It was truly an international affair! As the Academy continues to grow and become an even more global organization, I think we are poised to see even greater contributions from a wide range of diverse neurology professionals to expand on the already excellent programming that applies to anyone, at any stage in their career, and from every country in the world.”

Q: What are some of the new opportunities attendees can expect to find in 2024 that weren’t at the 2023 meeting? What are you most excited about?
Tilton: ”I’m especially excited about the new all-day Anti-amyloid Therapy Boot Camp on Saturday, April 13. With all the information out there about new therapies for Alzheimer's disease, it can be challenging to stay on top of eligibility and monitoring requirements and understand the relevant biomarkers. The AAN will help you by distilling the major findings from recent clinical trials to help you gain a better understanding and apply best practices to the care of your patients.”

O’Brien: “And even though hubs will be returning to Denver, these out-of-the-box learning opportunities offer something new and different every year, so attendees can expect their curiosities to be sparked by a fresh lineup of these collaborative educational and networking opportunities—it’s definitely content they won’t find in the traditional classroom! Speaking of out-of-the-box—Sarah Bellum is already registered for the meeting and is looking forward to taking selfies with attendees in Denver!”

Tilton: “Plus, for those attending in-person, there will be the added bonus of testing out their best line dancing moves during the Western-themed Annual Meeting Party at the National Western Complex on the night of April 14. It will be a memorable night of good food, drinks, and fun!”

Q: With so many great opportunities all week long, how do you go about prioritizing and planning of all the many facets of an Annual Meeting?
O’Brien: “We don’t do this alone. We have a team of physician volunteers who work together to bring relevant programming to attendees. We also have an amazing AAN staff that is the ‘secret sauce’ to delivering the best meeting for those caring for patients with neurologic disorders. Let’s face it, the world is changing, and we want to make sure that individuals can come here, learn the content, and then take it back to their colleagues, institutions, and patients."

Q: What do you hope are some of the biggest takeaways for attendees?
Tilton: "We hope they expand their education, their knowledge base. And—as we can see when we walk around an Annual Meeting—expand their friendships, both new and old. And I think one of the most important things is to expand their passion for the field and their excitement…and you can feel it. It is really energizing.”
O’Brien: "You can just feel the energy at an AAN Annual Meeting. I think it's an opportunity for us who love to take care of patients with neurologic disease to come together to learn the latest and greatest science, to have a great education in neurology, and also to network among our friends and colleagues."

January 18 is the last chance to take advantage of early registration rates, so act now to secure the lowest prices! AAN members save 30% or more on registration, so ensure your AAN membership is also up to date.

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