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UW-Madison Student Receives 2016 Bennett Hiner Award

Saturday, October 29, 2016  
Posted by: Eric Ostermann
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The Bennett Hiner Research Award, supported by the Bennett Hiner Memorial Fund at the Wisconsin Neurological Society, is awarded each year to a medical student enrolled and in good standing at a Wisconsin medical school.

The award commemorates Bennett Carroll Hiner, son of Dr. Bradley Hiner and Susan Carroll. Bennett, who found his place in medicine and took great joy in helping others, died unexpectedly at the age of 26 while enrolled at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. Award winners are selected based on a combination of their leadership in medical school and research in the neurosciences.

This year’s recipient is Daryl Fields from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His research sought to determine how the intrinsically adaptive capacity of the central nervous system may be utilized for the treatment of various neural disorders. Specifically, his most recent project identified a novel drug therapy for treating obstructive and central sleep apnea. Through a collaboration with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the drug has been submitted to the United States Patent Office. Following completion of his medical school training Daryl hopes to continue his molecular studies as a physician scientist investigating treatment options for breathing control disorders.

This year’s award was presented October 22 at the WNS Annual Conference in Sheboygan. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the WNS website to submit an application for consideration next year.

The Wisconsin Neurological Society was founded in 1974 and is committed to advancing the field of Neurology in Wisconsin through education and sharing of scientific information. The Society represents over 200 neurologists throughout the state providing high quality patient care, research and training. To learn more visit our website at You can also contact the WNS office directly at 920-560-5622 or

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