Become A Member

AANP welcomes all physicians, scientists, and advocates to become members of the Association. There are a number of membership categories, and we hope that you can find the one most suitable for you. For questions about the application process please contact the AANP Administrator or Membership Chair, Peter Pytel, M.D.

Membership Categories

Please review the definition of membership categories below to find the one suitable for you. Please note that applications can only be made for the active and affiliate categories. AANP designates honorary and senior membership status, but current members may contact the membership committee to request a senior status.  When you apply, you will need a PDF of your curriculum vitae, and a PDF of a letter from a current active member of the AANP (Sponsor letter).  If you do not know the AANP members in your area, please email the AANP office for the name of a potential sponsor (


Active members shall be graduates in medicine or veterinary medicine or hold doctoral degrees in pathology or neuropathology or a related field practice. They shall have made original contributions to neuropathology or neurological sciences and have had at least four years of specialized training and/or experience in the study of diseases of the nervous system. At least two of these years must directly concern neuropathology, applied or experimental. Active members shall have full voting privileges and the right to be elected and serve as officers and councilors of the Association and to serve on committees.  The current annual Active Membership fee is $350, and includes all the benefits of membership.


Affiliate members shall be in one of two categories:
  1. Trainees engaged in the study of neuropathology including residents, fellows, graduate students or postdoctoral fellows, OR
  2. Outstanding individuals who have contributed meritoriously to the field of Neuropathology but who do not hold a doctoral degree. If qualification for active membership is not achieved by trainees within five years, the affiliate membership will be automatically rescinded, pending review by Executive Council. Affiliate members are not eligible to hold office, serve on committees or vote on the admission of new active members.
  3. Annual Affiliate Membership dues are $175.
Honorary members shall be exceptionally distinguished investigators or teachers in the field of the neurological sciences. They shall not be eligible to hold office or vote in the Association, and shall be exempt from the payment of dues.
Senior members shall be former active members who upon retirement from active professional life have requested and been granted this status. The Executive Council shall, upon appropriate recommendation of the Membership Committee, grant such individual members “senior” membership status and exempt them from payment of dues. No member shall lose any of his previous rights by reason of any such exemption from payment of dues. They no longer have to pay dues to the Association but are entitled to all their previous membership privileges.

Application, Election of Members and Deadlines

  1. Candidates for active, affiliate and honorary membership shall be nominated in writing by an active member of the Association. 
  2. Applicants for active and affiliate membership shall submit a completed web-based application form together with their curriculum vitae and the names of the candidate's nominator to the Chairperson of the Membership Committee. The nominator shall submit one letter of recommendation to the Chairperson of the Membership Committee. 
  3. Candidates for Honorary Membership shall have submitted on their behalf two explanatory letters from two Active Members of the Association. 
  4. Completed applications received by the Chairperson at least two weeks prior to March 1, July 1 and November 1 will be reviewed by the Membership Committee shortly after these dates. Following approval by at least two-thirds of the committee membership, the recommendation will be electronically submitted to the Executive Council and membership for approval.  
  5. Please have ready a recent curriculum vitae and reference letter(s) from sponsors (active members in good standing of the AANP who will write letters in support of your membership).

For Active Members Seeking Senior Status:

Any member in good standing who anticipates retirement may request in writing a change in status to the senior category. The request should be submitted to the Membership Committee for approval. The Committee's recommendation will be communicated to the Executive Council. Requests may be made via the AANP website. Please contact Membership Chair, Peter Pytel, M.D.

For Newly Elected Members:

Elected new members will be notified and listed in the AANP Newsletter and Membership Directory.

Please have ready a recent curriculum vitae and reference letter (s) from sponsors (active members in good standing of the AANP who will write letters in support of your membership).

How to Apply »

Address correspondence to:

Peter Pytel, M.D.
University of Chicago Hospitals
1476 East 56th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1866

Phone: 773-288-7984
Email: Peter Pytel, M.D.