Published: 01-03-2022 12:32 | Updated: 15-11-2022 14:35

Caroline Ran recipient of American Academy of Neurology Scientific Research Award

Croped portrait of Caroline Ran and Andrea Carmine Belin.
Caroline Ran, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neuroscience. Photo: Stefan Zimmerman

Caroline Ran, researcher at the Department of Neurosicence, has been awarded the Harold Wolff-John Graham Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in headache research. The award, sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), amounts to 1000 USD, plus 200 USD in subsistence allowance to speak at AAN's annual meeting in April 2022.

Congratulations Caroline Ran!

Can you tell us a little more about the award?

I have been awarded the 2022 Harald Wolff-John Graham award, distributed in recognition for research in the field of headache and facial pain.

What does this mean for you and for your research? 

It feels great. Receiving the award is a motivation to continue my research and an affirmation that my research projects are on the right track. AAN is a prestigious organization in neurology, so receiving the award also indicates that my work is valuable for clinical research and activities.

What happens next?

I will continue my research on cluster headache and migraine. We are currently in an exciting development  in the research field. We recently published a large genetic study that we will follow up on, and investigate further. Over the past year, we also started new collaborations with other European researchers and formed a consortium on cluster headache genetics, The International Consortium for Cluster Headache Genetics (CCG), so I think the research field will develop rapidly in the near future.

Now that covid-related restrictions have been removed, I will celebrate with my colleagues! Behind every achievement in research there is a whole team, so I look forward to celebrating the award with them all.

How is the prize/award ceremony conducted?

The recipients will be recognized at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Seattle in April, meeting at which I will also be presenting my research.