The "Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Young Arab Neuroscientist" Travel Award
The Society for Arab Neuroscientists is pleased to present the annual "Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Young Arab Neuroscientist" Travel Award. This award was established in 2011 and is made possible by a generous contribution from the Dr. Raniyah Ramadan foundation in memory of Dr. Raniyah Ramadan.
Courtesy of the Plain Dealer
Dr. Raniyah Ramadan was born on September 30, 1976 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She received
a Masters in Public Health and a Doctorate in Neuroscience in 2007 from the University of
Oklahoma. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles and was awarded a prestigious postdoctoral
research fellowship in ophthalmology and visual sciences at Case Western Reserve
University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Ramadan also pursued her research in Neuro-Ophthalmology with
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, NY. Please visit www.raniyahramadan.com for more information on
the Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Foundation.
Undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral research
fellows of Arab descent who will be presenting their research findings at the annual Neuroscience meeting as the first
author are eligible for applying to this award.
A panel of senior neuroscientists will judge the applications based on the following criteria:
- Quality of abstract
- Novelty of presented research
- Justification for receiving the travel award
- Impact of research with potential global significance, particularly for the Arab world
Judges with conflicts of interest will be excused from judging that application.
The $500 Award is presented to the award winner at the Arab Neuroscientists Annual Social event during the Neuroscience Annual meeting.
Submissions for the 2016 Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Young Arab Neuroscientist Travel award are now open. The deadline for applications is September 16, 2016. Download the application.
Dr. Hibah Awwad chairs the travel award committee. Feel free to email her with any questions.
Previous Award Recipients
2011 Young Arab Neuroscientist
Dr. Mohammad M. Herzallah
At the time of the award, Dr. Herzallah was a medical doctor pursuing his Ph.D. in Neuroscience under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Gluck in the Department of Behavioral and Neural Science at Rutgers, The State University in New Jersey, USA.
Dr. Tawfik and Mrs. Siham Ramadan presenting Dr. Mohammad Herzallah with the 2011 Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Travel Award
The title of his presentation at the Neuroscience 2011 meeting was “Depression Impairs Chaining Whereas Serotonin Specific Reuptake Inhibitors Impair Contextual Learning In Patients with Major Depressive Disorder”
2012 Young Arab Neuroscientist
Mr. Loai Alzghoul
At the time of the award, Mr. Alzghoul was a graduate student pursuing his Ph.D. in Neuroscience under the mentorship of Dr. Rick C.S. Lin in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences at University of Mississipi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississipi, USA.
Ms. Deemah Ramadan presenting Mr. Loai Alzghoul with the 2012 Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Travel Award
The title of his presentation at the Neuroscience 2012 meeting was “Early Life Serotonin levels Dysregulation Effect on the Interhemispheric Connectivity in Rats”
2013 Young Arab Neuroscientist
Dr. Joman Natsheh
At the time of the award, Dr. Natsheh was a medical doctor pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience under the mentorship of Dr. Michael W. Shiflett in the Psychology Department at Rutgers, The State University in New Jersey, USA.
Dr. Tawfik and Mrs. Siham Ramadan with Dr. Joman Natsheh, the 2013 Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Travel Award recipient
The title of her presentation at the Neuroscience 2013 meeting was “Methylphenidate Enhances Goal-directed Behavior in Adult, but not Adolescent, ADHD Rat Models”
2014 Young Arab Neuroscientist
Ms. Leena Ali Marosh
At the time of the award, Ms. Marsoh was pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience under the mentorship of
Dr. Huizhong W Tao in the Department of Cell and Neurobiology at The University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Dr. Tawfik and Mrs. Siham Ramadan presenting Ms. Leena Marosh with the 2014 Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Travel Award
The title of her presentation at the Neuroscience 2014 meeting was “Cross Modal Sharpening of Orientation Selectivity in Mouse Visual Cortex”
2015 Young Arab Neuroscientist
Ms. Farah Chamaa
At the time of the award, Ms. Farah Chamaa was a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology under the mentorship of Dr. Wassim Abou-Kheir in the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.
Ms. Chamaa was not able to attend the award ceremony due to delays in paperwork for her travel. Ms. Chamaa is the 2015 Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Travel Award recipient
The title of her presentation at the Neuroscience 2015 meeting was “Thalamic stimulation in awake rats induces neurogenesis in the hippocampal formation”
Dr. Suha Ramadan presenting Dr. Wassim Abou-Kheir (on behalf of Ms. Chamaa) with the 2015 Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Travel Award
2016 Young Arab Neuroscientist
Mr. Ali Alawieh
At the time of the award, Mr. Ali Alawieh was a graduate student pursuing his M.D/Ph.D. in the Department of Neurosciences under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Tomlinson in the Microbiology and Immunology Dept. at the Medical University of South Carolina, USA.
Dr. Suha Ramadan presenting Mr. Ali Alawieh with the 2016 Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Travel Award
The title of his presentation at the Neuroscience 2016 meeting was “Inhibiting post-stroke neuroinflammation by ischemia-targeted complement modulation limits acute injury and promotes motor and cognitive recovery after murine stroke”