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April | May 2013Volume 21, No. 2newsletter42Nd ANNuAlCNS Annual MeetingAustin, TexasOct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2013


CHIlD neUrOlOGY sOCIetYFrom the PresidentIn Search of –The Perfect Meeting SiteE. Steve Roach, MDPresident, CNSYou will encountermany peoplewho know thecost of everythingand the value ofnothing.Oscar WildeUntil recently I knew little about how theSociety selects its annual meeting sites.Seemingly by magic, the meeting time andlocation would be announced and, at theappointed time, we would show up and holdour meeting. What most of us failed to realizewas that the selection of a meeting site likelybegan three or more years earlier, and by theopening of the meeting, the Society’s staffhad spent long hours picking the site andorganizing the meeting for us.The Child Neurology Society Board andadministrative staff are analyzing the processfor selecting our annual meeting sites, sothis is a good time to review the selectionprocedure and our efforts to improve it withthe CNS Newsletter readers. The primary goalin selecting a site is to ensure optimal spacefor meeting the growing and diverse needsof the Society with maximum sensitivity tothe overlapping, and sometimes competing,secondary considerations of costs (time andmoney) and risks incurred by the Society asa whole and individually by its members.Finding a great site is a tall order, particularlywhen one also adds site availability and ourtradition of geographic meeting rotation to themix. Moreover, as the Society has grown andour annual meeting has become larger andmore complex, the site needs have evolvedas well. What determines whether a meetingsite is outstanding, or even adequate, is morecomplicated that one might suspect.The single biggest meeting site considerationis whether or not it can accommodate aconference of the size and diversity of theSociety’s annual meeting. Does the site haveat least one room that will seat all attendeesfor our large symposia and named lectures,a nearby area large enough to house all ofthe exhibits, adequate poster display space,and multiple smaller rooms for other sessionsvarying in size and corresponding logisticalneeds from high-interest breakfast seminarsto interactive special interest group meetingsto smaller face-to-face roundtable committeemeetings? The configuration of the meetingsite must be considered, not just the amountof available space. This was painfully evident atlast fall’s meeting, where a layout wonderfullyconducive to between-session social networkingwas counterbalanced by an unorthodox, andultimately unsatisfying splitting of exhibits intotwo separate halls on two different levels.With annual meeting attendance now averaging900-1000, the Society has become a challenging“tweener”: too big for most hotels to houseits entire meeting, too small to comfortablyfit into most convention centers built forAAN-sized meetings.Closely related to the adequacy of the meetingvenue is the availability of sufficient nearby hotelrooms to accommodate everyone attending themeeting. A meeting venue that requires peopleto take a taxi or public transportation from theirhotel would leave many attendees unhappy.(Apparently water taxis constitute an exceptionto this rule.)The first step in site selection is to decide upona preferred region for the meeting location.Historically the CNS meeting has rotated betweendifferent regions of the United States withoccasional forays into Canada. We then issue arequest for proposals that specifies the amount,configuration and cost of the required meetingspace and the number of needed hotel rooms.continued on page 72 Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013


CONTENTSAPRIL | MAY 2013DEPARTMENTS2 FROM THEPRESIDENT5 Q&A withMustafa Sahin, MD, PhD,Scientific Program Chair12 PERSONNELREGISTRY42Nd ANNuAlCNS Annual MeetingAustin, Texas8 UPDATEProFeSSorS oF Child Neurology (PCN)Focus on a Universal Curriculum andCase Based Teaching Series9Child Neurology reSearChNew Hope for Blinding Diseases of Childhood11NomiNatioN uPdateAwards & OfficersChild Neurology Society1000 West Cty Rd. E, Suite 290St. Paul, MN 55126Tel: 651/486-9447Fax: 651/486-9436Email: nationaloffice@childneurologysociety.orgwww.childneurologysociety.orgEditor: Daniel Bonthius, MD, PhDManaging Editor: Roger LarsonPublished BimonthlyChild Neurology Society | April/May 2013 3


42Nd ANNuAlCNS Annual MeetingAustin, TexasProPosed scientific Program (session organizers listed)WedNeSday, oCtober 307:30 am – 5:00 PmSymposium 1NDC Symposium:Mitochondrial DiseaseBernard Maria, MD6:00 Pm – 8:00 PmWelcome receptionSupported byTexas Children’s HospitalthurSday, oCtober 317:00 am – 8:15 ambreakfast Seminar 1Shifting Models of HealthCare Delivery and the ChildNeurologist: The Sky is FallingMark Mintz, MD9:15 am – 12:00 PmSymposium 2Presidential Symposium:Gene Therapy for ChildhoodNeurological DiseaseMustafa Sahin, MD, PhD12:00 Pm – 1:30 Pmexhibits, Posterreview & lunch1:45 Pm – 4:00 PmSymposium 3Little Brains, Big Problems:Lasting Effects of PediatricTraumatic Brain InjuryHeidi Blume, MD, PhD4:00 Pm – 6:00 PmChild Neuro News breakPoster Review7:00 am – 8:15 ambreakfast Seminar 6Ethical Considerations inGene TherapyPedro Weisleder, MD, PhD8:30 am – 10:15 amPlatform Sessions10:40 am – 11:10 amPhilp r. dodge younginvestigator awardlecture: tba11:15 am – 12:30 Pmbernard Sachs lecture:Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD12:30 Pm – 1:45 Pmexhibits, Posterreview & lunchSaturday, NoVember 27:00 am – 8:15 ambreakfast Seminar 7Updates on InheritedNeuromuscular DisordersPeter Kang, MD7:00 am – 8:15 ambreakfast Seminar 8Neuro-ophthalmology for theChild Neurologist: PracticalClinical PearlsSteven Stasheff, MD, PhD7:00 am – 8:15 ambreakfast Seminar 9To Err is Human: ReducingMedical Errors by BetterHandoffs with I-PASSJames Bale, Jr., MD7:00 am – 8:15 ambreakfast Seminar 2Tourette Syndrome –Novel Treatments at theEnds of the SpectrumLeon Dure, MD7:00 am – 8:15 ambreakfast Seminar 3Refractory Status Epilepticus:An UpdateJames Riviello, Jr., MDFriday, NoVember 17:00 am – 8:15 ambreakfast Seminar 4Beyond “Seizure Disorders”:the New Classification ofthe EpilepsiesRenée Shellhaas, MD7:00 am – 8:15 ambreakfast Seminar 5Next Generation Sequencing,Genomics, and NeurogeneticsTyler Pierson, MD, PhD1:45 Pm – 4:00 PmSymposium 4Treatable Genetic-MetabolicEpilepsiesPhillip Pearl, MD4:30 Pm – 6:00 PmJunior member Seminar 1Junior member Seminar 26:30 Pm – 9:00 PmClosing reception8:45 am – 9:30 amhower award lecture:John Bodensteiner, MD9:45 am – 12:00 PmSymposium 5Paroxysmal DisordersJonathan Mink, MD, PhDDates to RememberJuNe 1 JuNe 1 JuNe 1-30 JuNe 15 JuNe 1-30JuNe 15July 1-31AbstractacceptancecorrespondencesentHotelInformationposted onCNS WebsiteNominationsaccepted forArnold GoldHumanismin MedicineAwardNominationdeadlinefor ACNNClaire CheeExcellence inNursing AwardNominationsacceptedfor Blue BirdClinic ChildNeurologyTrainingDirector AwardOn-lineRegistrationOpensOn-lineElection ofCNSCouncillorsfor Midwest& East4 Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013


Q &ABy Daniel J. Bonthius, MD, PhD | CNS Newsletter EditorAnatomy of a CNS Annual Meeting:How Does a Meeting Get its Shape?CNS Program Chair, Dr. Mustafa Sahin seeing a patient at Boston Children’s HospitalMustafa Sahin, MD, PhD, is currently serving his second year as Chair of the Scientific Selection and Program PlanningCommittee responsible for planning and organizing the content of the annual meetings. Dr. Sahin, an Associate Professorin Neurology at Harvard University, was appointed as chair of this committee by CNS President, E. Steve Roach, MD.The purpose of this interview was to determine how the content of an annual CNS meeting is determined and what is instore for those attending the 2013 CNS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, October 30 - November 2.What is the process forplanning the CME content ofa CNS Annual Meeting?The first step is to determine themembers of the Scientific Selection andProgram Planning Committee. Thiscommittee consists of 24 members ofthe CNS. Six of these members rotateout each year and are replaced by sixnew members. Once the committee isestablished, the next step is to inviteproposals for symposia and seminarsfrom all members of the society.The committee then evaluates andchooses among those proposals.So the process of determiningthe content of the meetingis a “democratic” one?Yes, it is a bottom-up process,in which the content is determinedby the membership. This is the bestway to guarantee that the content ofthe meeting addresses the issues andsubjects in which the membership ismost interested and what they considermost relevant.Are all of the symposia andseminars chosen from among thosesuggested by the membership?Three of the five are. The WednesdayNDC Symposium is organized byBernie Maria and the Thursday morningPresidential Symposium is a collaborativeeffort involving the CNS Presidentand the Program Chair. Each year, thePresidential Symposium focuses onone aspect of child neurology that isparticularly exciting and in which newand important scientific breakthroughsare occurring.What will be the subject of thePresidential Symposium this year?The Presidential Symposium this yearwill focus on gene therapy for childhoodneurological diseases. Propelled bythe advances in genetics, we can nowidentify disease genes and mutations atan unprecedented pace. Together withthe progress in design of viral vectors,genetic therapies are undergoinga renaissance. In the Presidentialsymposium this year, we will hear fromsome of the leaders of this field and learnabout the ongoing clinical trials. The talkswill cover genetic strategies to amelioratechildhood disease such as musculardystrophy, Pompe disease, spinalmuscular atrophy and lysosomal storagediseases. These talks will also highlightthe challenges in the field, such as routescontinued on page 6Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013 5


of access, toxicity of the vectors, immune reactions, etc.In the past 20 years or so, gene therapies have moved froma dream to a reality for diseases.does this Presidential symposium serve as thecornerstone for the meeting’s theme this year?Yes. The overarching theme to this year’s CNS meeting istranslating advances in genetics and neurobiology into noveltreatments. So, in addition to the Presidential Symposiumfocusing on gene therapy, there are breakfast seminars andsymposia that touch on that same subject of novel treatmentsfor childhood neurologic diseases. For example, there will bea symposium on treatable metabolic epilepsies and a secondsymposium on non-epileptic paroxysmal disorders. There willalso be a breakfast seminar on next generation sequencing.are there any symposia or seminars designed tocompliment other components of the program?Yes, definitely. For example, the morning after the PresidentialSymposium focusing on the scientific basis of gene therapy,there will be a breakfast seminar addressingethical considerations in gene therapy.is there an attempt to balance thecontent of the meeting so that it isequally appealing to practitionersof child neurology, as well as toclinician-scientists?Yes, a conscious effort is made to ensuresubstantial content in the meeting thatwill be appealing and relevant to all themembers. So, in addition to scientificadvances, there will also be importantclinical updates on subjects that arerelevant to everyone practicing childneurology. These updates will cover suchtopics as traumatic brain injury, refractory statusepilepticus, inherited neuromuscular disorders,Tourette syndrome, and pediatric neuro-ophthalmology.in light of recent health care reforms and changesin graduate medical education, will there be anycomponents of the meeting that address medicaleconomics or the practice of medicine?Yes, very definitely. There will be two separate sessions devotedto changes in health care delivery and systems. The first ofthese will be a seminar entitled “Shifting models of health caredelivery and the child neurologist.” This seminar will examinehow the Affordable Care Act, changes in reimbursement,shifts in the delivery of health care, and increases in regulatoryrequirements are going to impact the practice of childneurology. A second breakfast seminar will be devoted toreducing medical errors by better handoffs. This seminarwill focus especially on residents’ handoffs and will examineways in which patient handoff processes can be improvedand standardized to optimize the communication betweenphysicians and ensure patient safety. I should add that,outside the CME program itself there will be a session onMaintenance of Certification for child neurologists onThursday led by ABPN President, Dr. Larry Faulkner.How is thecontent of aCNS AnnualMeetingdetermined?in addition to the seminars and symposia,there are also platform and poster presentations.What is the process for selecting those presentations?The Scientific Selection Committee divides itself into five groups,based on the expertise of the individual committee members.They review all of the submitted abstracts. Those reviews aredone anonymously, so the reviewers do not know the identitiesof the abstract authors. The groups then assign a ranking toeach of the abstracts, based on scientific merit of the abstract.Generally, approximately two-thirds of the submitted abstractsare accepted for presentation at the meeting.How is it decided which abstracts will be presentedat the platform and which will be presented in posterform? is there an attempt to establish a theme forthe platform presentations?The abstracts are selected for the platform presentationsbased on their scientific merit. Therefore, the very best of thesubmitted abstracts will be presented at the platform sessions.do you have any advice for members, especiallyjunior members, regarding how they could maximizetheir chances of having their abstractsuccessfully selected?Yes, abstracts that are written in such a waythat they are interesting to a large number ofpeople will have a better chance of beingselected. Therefore, I would advise juniormembers to write their abstracts with aclear sense of both their subject and theiraudience. Engaging attendees in discussionat their poster board is a great learningexperience and will result in better abstractsin subsequent years based on a better sense ofone’s audience.While we’re on the subject of junior members,will there be any special sessions this year devotedto the advancement of our junior members?Yes, as we did last year, there will be two simultaneous seminarsdevoted to of the junior members this year. One will consist ofa panel of journal editors, who will discuss the issues related togetting work published. The other one is still being planned. Inaddition, this year we will continue the pilot program that westarted at last year’s meeting in Huntington Beach to enhanceand personalize career mentorship for pediatric neurologyresidents in training. The goal is to provide personalizedguidance and brainstorming during this short encounter aswell as to provide recommendations for networking throughoutthe CNS meeting. In these sessions, the junior members willmeet with two or three senior child neurologists, who candiscuss their career plans, review their CV’s, and provide themwith career advice and guidance.You certainly have a great meeting planned, andit no doubt has taken a lot of work and planning.When does the planning begin for content of theannual meeting?The day after the annual meeting ends, plans begin for thenext year’s meeting. I’m looking forward to a great meetingin Austin.6 Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013


In Search of – The Perfect Meeting Sitecontinued from page 2Like many organizations, the Child Neurology Societyutilizes a site selection firm to assist with the identificationof potential sites, solicitation of bids, and negotiationof a contract with the facility. A new site selection firmwas engaged in 2013. Suitable meeting sites for theChild Neurology Society are also likely to be primelocations for other organizations, so meeting sites musttypically be selected three or more years in advance lestthe best times and locations be selected by otherorganizations. Meeting in October, the most heavily bookedand competitive month for staging association meetings,doesn’t make it any easier. East Coast venues fill well aheadof those in the other regions, so the contract guaranteeingour 2015 suburban Washington meeting site had to befinalized well before the one reserving space for our2014 meeting in Columbus, Ohio.Most people know that we negotiate a discounted hotelroom rate for attendees, and there is sometimes grumblingif all of these discounted rooms are claimed. Many peopledo not realize that, in exchange for these roomdiscounts, we must guarantee that a certainnumber of rooms will be rented by meetingattendees and that a specified minimumwill be spent on food and beveragesfor the meeting. Failure to meet thesecontracted benchmarks has both shortandlong-term implications: costlyattrition fees exacted for the currentmeeting and damaged credibility andnegotiating leverage for future meetings.Food costs can be renegotiated duringthe time leading up to the meeting, but bythe week the meeting begins, the Society ison the hook for much of the projected meetingcost even if individuals who registered fail to attend.So, while the hotel may “generously” allow an individualto cancel a hotel reservation, they do so at little or no risk:the Society may still have to pay for it if the reserved blockis not filled.Why are the CNS meetings usually held in medium-sizedcities when large cities might allow easier access? Theprimary reason is the cost to both the Society and theattendees. And regardless of the cost, cities with busylarge convention facilities are reluctant to discuss hostinga meeting of our size lest it interfere with their ability tohost a much larger meeting. Medium-sized cities often offercheaper meeting venues for the Society, cheaper room ratesfor attendees, and convention centers more suited to oursize meeting. Many of the small out-of-the-way meetingsites that were favored by the founders of the Society arenow incapable of hosting a meeting like ours or of providingenough hotel rooms to house everyone who attends.We welcome ideasfor refining theselection process aswell as suggestionsfor potentialmeeting locations.Society members with small children have probablywondered why the Child Neurology Society meetingsometimes overlaps Halloween, as it will again this fall inAustin for the third time in 42 years (but second year ina row, unfortunately). Evidently other organizations avoidscheduling meetings during this week, often translating intothousands of dollars of savings for the organizations who arewilling to accept this time slot. While some members wouldno doubt prefer to be at home on Halloween, one suspectsthat they and others would be less happy about payinga higher meeting registration fee to defray the additionalfacility cost. So while it was not a preferred option in 2012or 2013, in a highly competitive meeting month it endedup being the best, and most affordable, option availablewhen all other variables were factored in.Does the meeting location provide optimal value for theSociety members? This question of value can be difficultto quantify because it is likely to include both tangible andintangible elements. One must consider not just the costof travel to the host city, for example, but also how easyit is to reach the city. A location that necessitates asubstantial number of members to spend mostof a day traveling or requires more than twochanges of airplanes probably does notrepresent good value for the memberseven if it is economical for the Society.Are there sufficient nearby hotel roomsto allow easy access to the meeting?Are there good alternative housingoptions available across the price range?Are there nearby restaurants or attractiveactivities for a spouse or family members?Does the area surrounding the meeting venueseem safe? How fondly I remember past meetingsites and whether I would relish a return visit there oftenhinge on these intangible factors rather than the quality andcontent of the meeting itself.Hopefully the process we adopt will allow us to identifyexcellent meeting sites that feature low cost to theSociety and maximize value to those who attend.Several potential changes have been suggested thatmerit further study and deliberation. Should we maintainthe geographic rotation schedule? Are there benefits toscheduling multiple meetings serially in one site or with oneparticular hotel chain? Could we negotiate better deals if wepartner with one or more other organizations when selectingmeeting venues? Are there opportunities for local, sitedependentsponsorship? We welcome ideas for refining theselection process as well as suggestions for potential meetinglocations. Please let us know what you regard as the mostimportant factors when selecting a meeting location.Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013 7


updateprofessors of Child Neurology (pCN)Focus on a Universal Curriculumand Case Based Teaching SeriesBy Phillip L. Pearl, MD; President, PCNPhilip L. Pearl, MDProfessors ofChild NeurologyBoard ofDirectorsPhillip Pearl, MDPresident2012-2014Bruce H. Cohen, MDPast-PresidentPaul Larsen, MDCouncillor2011-2013Amy Brooks-KayalMD, PhD, Councillor2012-2014David K. Urion, MDCouncillor2013-2015Suresh Kotagal, MDSecretary-Treasurer2012-2016This year’s PCN activities are focused onestablishing a content-based universalcurriculum for child neurology traineesincluding a case based teaching series. Thiswork will be coordinated with the efforts of theACGME to provide a milestones approach tocurriculum development. As presented duringthe annual meeting, the monograph edited byDr. Rob Rust in Seminars in Pediatric Neurologyhas catapulted us with a terrific start, as thecontributors already weighed in on a thoughtfulapproach to our question: What should a childneurologist know by the conclusionof training? There is a vastamount of information, as thegraduating child neurologyfellow is still a generalistin our field. Further subspecializationis typicallyobtained from extendedtraining in clinical orresearch fellowships ortargeted experiences.In addition to Dr. Rust’sleadership in this venture,we have initiated collection ofinstructive cases with the leadershipof Dr. Ira Bergman along with the CNSCase Based Sharing Project spearheaded byDrs. Barry Kosofsky, Joe Pinter, and MickeySegal. A motion was passed at the fall meetingto strongly endorse that all program directors,representing the membership of the PCN,solicit at least a single case submission fromeach child neurology and neurodevelopmentaldisabilities fellow to post as a teaching case.The cases will be linked to the curriculum,and we will be seeking these actively laterthis summer.This work willbe coordinated withthe efforts of theACGME to provide amilestones approachto curriculumdevelopment.Drs. Amy Brooks-Kayal and Howard Goodkinare working on the connection between childneurology training and medical students,with an eye toward early mentoring andidentification of research opportunities formedical students with a career interest inpediatric neurology.The PCN has been involved for some time indiscussing the constitutive elements of childneurology training. This has been especiallyactive over the last year during the course ofACGME-wide revisions of training programrequirements. I am pleased to share thatthe Neurology RRC has been veryreceptive to input from both thePCN and CNS organizationallyand individuals who havespoken and written aboutthis issue. We have madeimportant progress in theproposed requirements forchild neurology and NDDprograms to limit adultneurology inpatient rotations tosix months, establish a minimumof three outpatient clinic months,and have up to three months of electivesgeared toward an individual trainee’s interestsand career development with oversight bythe child neurology training program director.In addition, there is a recommendation forthe sponsoring institution to provide timeand funding to support at least 20% FTE forour program directors and an additional 1%per trainee. This is analogous to the supportfor adult neurology “core” program trainingdirectors and we have been able to bring thislevel of support to child neurology trainingprograms. The proposed revisions are currentlyposted for public comment.8 Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013


CHIlD neUrOlOGY researCHNew Hope for Blinding Diseasesof ChildhoodBy Daniel J. Bonthius, MD, PhDAs a clinician-scientist, pediatric neurologist,and neuro-ophthalmologist, all wrapped intoone, Dr. Steve Stasheff is uniquely positionedto investigate diseases of the developingretina. Dr. Stasheff has made importantdiscoveries regarding retinal circuits in healthand disease, and he is utilizing state-of-the-arttechniques to combat childhood blindness.Dr. Stasheff is an Assistant Professor ofPediatrics and Ophthalmology at theUniversity of Iowa, where he utilizes viralvector-mediated gene therapy techniquesto treat retinal degenerative diseases. Inparticular, Dr. Stasheff studies Leber’sCongenital Amaurosis (LCA), a geneticdisease leading to retinal degeneration inearly childhood. The most common formof LCA is due to mutation of the Cep-290gene, which encodes a protein componentof the specialized cilia of photoreceptors.A second form of LCA is due to mutationof a different gene, Rpe65, which encodesan enzyme that recycles the vitamin A inrhodopsin, the chemical that photoreceptorsuse to detect and transduce light. Corruptionof either of these genes leads to degenerationof the photoreceptor cells and, ultimately, toblindness. Mice carrying naturally occurringmutations of the Cep-290 or Rpe65 geneundergo retinal degeneration and losevision, just as humans do. Utilizing particularstrains of adeno-associated virus (AAV) witha strong tropism for photoreceptor cells orretinal pigment epithelium, Dr. Stasheff candeliver healthy copies of the Rpe65 geneinto the retinas of the mutant mice, restorelight responsiveness, and reconstruct normalreceptive fields (see figure below).Dr. Stasheff’s work with gene therapy forretinal diseases is not restricted to mice.He is also involved in human clinical studies,in which similar strains of AAV are used todeliver Rpe65 to patients with the geneticdefect. The clinical studies have revealed thatearlier treatment of the retinal degenerationleads to better outcomes. Dr. Stasheff’slaboratory studies have shed importantlight on the underlying reason for this agedependenteffect by showing that abnormalwiring of retinal circuits leads to abnormalhyperactivity of ganglion cells, whichincreases background noise and impairsvisual signaling. These pathologic changescan be averted by providing the genetherapy at an earlier age.A second major area of research forDr. Stasheff is trauma-induced retinaldysfunction. For years, athletes andothers sustaining repeated concussions ormore severe traumatic brain injuries havedescribed a variety of visual symptoms.More recently, soldiers experiencing rapidlyadvancing pressure waves near an explosion,more commonly referred to as “blasttrauma,” have reported a wide range ofadverse effects, including mysterious visualsymptoms. Utilizing a mouse model of blasttrauma, Dr. Stasheff and his collaboratorshave discovered that, after a latent periodof one month or more following the blast, alarge subset of mouse retinal ganglion cellsdisplay a wide range of abnormal activities.These alterations are associated with dramaticchanges in visual processing. After an evenlonger latent period, retinal ganglion cellsbegin to degenerate and disappear fromthe retina and optic nerve. Dr. Stasheffand his colleagues have discovered thatthe electrophysiologic activity of the retinalganglia cells is abnormally increased prior tocontinued on page 10Steve Stasheff, MD, PhDeditor’s note:In each issue of theCNS Newsletter, we willhighlight one researchprogram that is creatingsignificant new knowledgein the field of childneurology. In this issue,we highlight the pediatricneuro-ophthalmologicresearch of Dr. StevenStasheff. Readers whowish to suggest a programfor future issues shouldcontact the editor.Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013 9


New Hope for Blinding Diseases of Childhoodcontinued from page 9their degeneration, and he is investigating the possibilitythat this increased activity may play a causal role in thedelayed-onset cellular death.A third area of research for Dr. Stasheff involves a specialpopulation of retinal ganglion cells that are photosensitive.It was previously believed that only the classical photoreceptorcells (rods and cones) could respond directly to light andthat retinal ganglion cells responded only secondarilyto the photoreceptors. However, recent discoverieshave shown that a small portion of ganglion cells can,themselves, produce a light-driven signal. These unusualcells, referred to as “intrinsically photosensitive ganglioncells,” contain melanopsin, a chemical that transduces light.These photosensitive ganglion cells play important roles inregulating behaviors that are modulated by ambient lightlevels, including sleep, mood, attention, and performanceof executive functions. In patients with retinal degeneration,these light-mediated behaviors are often disrupted. Dr. Stasheffand his colleagues have discovered that networks involvingthese intrinsically photosensitive ganglion cells are oftendisrupted in retinal degenerations, and they are investigatingthe mechanisms underlying these changes.Dr. Stasheff’s research is funded by the March of Dimes andthe Veterans’ Administration. He is especially grateful for aprevious grant from the Child Neurology Foundation, whichprovided the initial funding to set this research in motion.In Vitro Retinal Recording After Gene TherapyA. Fundus photographs of Rpe65-/- mouse:1. untreated eye 2. after subretinal injection of AAV-RPE65 to express normalRPE65 enzyme in region marked by GFP (green).B. Treated retina in vitro on multielectrode recording array:1. light photomicrograph 2. fluorescencephotomicrograph tohighlight location oftreatment (green)3. corresponding regionsof ganglion cell electricalactivity (deep red = moreactive, deep blue = lessactive)4. overlap of 1, 2, and 310 Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013


NomiNatioNs updateawards & officersCNS NominatingCommittee2013 SlAtE of CANDiDAtESon-line Election Dates:July 1-31, 2013The CNS Nominating Committee hasannounced a slate of candidates tosucceed Drs. Barry Kosofsky and SureshKotagal as Councillors from the East andMIdwest when their two year term inoffice ends in conjunction with the CNSAnnual Meeting in Austin, TX this fall.the on-line election will beheld July 1-31.This will mark the Society’s first on-lineelection of officers. In the interest offairness and accuracy, one ballot willbe enabled per Active member basedon the log-in (email address) currentlyon file on the CNS website. Emailsverifying log-in data will be sent to allActive members the week of June 10-15.Acknowledgment of receipt by July 1will activate voting eligibility.The nominees for office are:Councillor from the EastDeborah Hirtz, MDRoger Packer, MDCouncillor from the MidwestDaniel Bonthius, MD, PhDBruce H. Cohen, MDPhotos and profiles of the candidates willbe posted on-line on or before June 15.BluE BirD CirClEtrAiNiNG DirECtor AWArDWatch for announcement of this newaward on CNS website June 1.Awards Committee2013 ArNolD P. GolDfouNDAtioN HuMANiSM iNMEDiCiNE AWArDNomination Deadline: June 30, 2013The Child Neurology Society announcesthe 2013 Arnold P. Gold FoundationHumanism in Medicine Award. Thisprestigious award will be presentedto a practicing child neurologist ordevelopmental pediatrician of any agewho has been nominated by their peersand selected by the Child NeurologySociety Awards Committee. The focus ofthis award is to recognize an individualwho has shown extraordinary andongoing humanism in their medicalcareer. This award will be presentedat the 42nd Annual Meeting of theChild Neurology Society, October 30 –November 2, 2013 in Austin, TX andwill include a $1000 honorarium andtravel expenses.Eligibility Criteria· Active member of the ChildNeurology Society· Ongoing contributions to humanismin medicine· Demonstrates compassion andempathy in the delivery of patientcare· Shows respect for patients, familiesand co-workers· Demonstrates cultural sensitivity inworking with patients and familymembers of diverse backgrounds· Displays effective, empathiccommunication and listening skills· Understands a patient’s need forinterpretation of complex medicaldiagnoses and treatments andmakes an effort to ensure patientcomprehension· Comprehends and shows respect forthe patient’s viewpoint· Is sensitive to the patient’spsychological well-being, andcontinued on page 23Association of ChildNeurology NursesClAirE CHEE AWArDfor EXCEllENCE iNCHilD NEuroloGY NurSiNGNominations due: June 15, 2013The Claire Chee Award for Excellence inChild Neurology Nursing was establishedby the Association of Child NeurologyNurses in the year 2000. This award,given annually, recognizes and honorsthe nurse who, as a member of theACNN, has rendered distinguishedservice within the profession of childneurology nursing. The recipient is onewho demonstrates, through strengthof character and competence, acommitment to the care of children andtheir families with neurological disorders.She/he is acknowledged by her/hispeers as one who renders qualities ofcompassion, resourcefulness, leadership,knowledge, communication, andinspiration.Nominees for the Award for Excellencemay be submitted by any member of theAssociation of Child Neurology Nurses orthe Child Neurology Society to the ACNNAward Committee. The ACNN AwardCommittee will evaluate the nominationsand determine the most deservingcandidate for the year. The Award will bepresented at the Annual Meeting of theAssociation of Child Neurology Nurses.Please submit nominations via e-mailonly by June 15, 2013. Nominationforms are available at www.acnn.org orby contacting ACNN Awards CommitteeChair, Amy Vierhile, RN, MS, C-PNP atamy_vierhile@urmc.rochester.edu.Completed applications with allsupporting documents should besubmitted by via e-mail only byJune 15, 2013.Phone Inquires: Amy Vierhile, RN,MS, C-PNP, 585- 275-4762.Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013 11


CHIlD neUrOlOGY sOCIetYPersonnel registryCNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYalabamaPediatric neurologistDothan Pediatric Healthcare Network isseeking a full-time Pediatric Neurologist tojoin our Pediatric Neurology and Behavioral& Counseling Services office (The WestgateCenter.) We utilize a Certified ElectronicHealth Record System that is MeaningfulUse and NCQA Compliant and offer thefollowing: Signing Bonus, CompetitiveSalary and Benefits, Excellent WorkSchedule, Productivity Bonus, TrainedSupport Staff, Referral Patients from 24Providers in 4 Locations, Affiliation withTwo Local Hospitals, Onsite EEGs and aFull-Service High-Complexity Laboratory.The practice and real estate are ownedby eight of our pediatricians. Plus, we arelocated for convenient travel to the WorldsMost Beautiful Beaches! Dothan is a familyorientedcommunity with excellent publicand private schools and was named asBusinessWeeks 2010 Best Place to RaiseYour Kids. Local outdoor and culturalactivities include: Award-Winning SportsFacilities for amateur and professionalsports, Robert Trent Jones Golf Course,Water Park, Bike and Walking Trails, ArtMuseum, Community Theatre, HistoricalMurals, and More. BENEFITS PAID BY THECLINIC INCLUDE: Group Health and Dental(Family) Insurance, Term Life Insurance,Profit Sharing and 401(k), ContinuingEducation Allowance, Medical Dues,Memberships, and Licenses, MalpracticeInsurance, and Paid Vacation and Holidays.CoNtaCt:Website: www.thewestgatecenter.com Email:yurevich@dothanpediatricclinic.comCNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYCalIFORNIacHild neurologistsWe believe in standing strong for our patientsand our physicians. At The PermanenteMedical Group, Inc., we take exceptionalcare of our patients...and our physicians.With the stability of more than 60 yearsserving Northern California, our progressive12 Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013organization can offer you a solid careeralong with balanced scheduling options,comprehensive administrative support,state-of-the-art resources, and more. CHILDNEUROLOGISTS Roseville and Santa Clara,California We are seeking a 3rd BC/BEChild Neurologist to join our elite teamof 28 pediatric specialty physicians in theSacramento area of Northern California.This opening is at our Roseville Womenand Children’s Center which is the regionalreferral center for pediatric tertiary care andincludes over 100 primary care Pediatriciansand 8 Pediatric Hospitalists. Additionally, wehave an opening at our Santa Clara locationwhich features a 327-bed academic acutecare hospital. Both Roseville and Santa Claraboast 300+ days of sunshine, warm weatherand year-round recreational activities, aswell as a central location near all that theSan Francisco Bay Area has to offer andthe outdoor mountain playground of LakeTahoe.PleaSe ForWard your CVaNd CoVer letter to:Judy Padilla, Physician RecruiterEmai: Judy.G.Padilla@kp.orgTel: (800) 777-4912Fax: (510) 625-5487EEO/AA Employer----------------------------child neurologist/translational researcherThe Department of Neurology andNeurological Sciences at Stanford UniversitySchool of Medicine is searching for a childneurologist to be appointed at eitherthe Assistant, Associate or Full Professorlevel in the Medical Center Line (MCL) orUniversity Tenure Line (UTL), depending onqualifications. Desirable applicants wouldbring expertise in translational research in asubspecialty of child neurology. The majorcriteria for appointment of faculty in theMCL shall be excellence in the overall mixof clinical care, clinical teaching, scholarlyactivity that advances clinical medicine,and institutional service appropriate tothe programmatic need the individual isexpected to fulfill. The major criteria forappointment for faculty in the UTL area major commitment to research andteaching. There must be outstandingaccomplishments in research and excellentoverall performance in teaching, as wellas in clinical care and institutional service.The successful MCL/UTL candidate willhave an opportunity to interact across thewide range of clinical, translational andbasic science programs offered at Stanford.Responsibilities will include care of pediatricpatients with neurological disorders, clinicalor basic research and scholarship, andteaching of medical students, residentsand clinical fellows. The position requiresa commitment to scholarly work in childneurology and could include a plan foreither clinical or basic laboratory-basedinvestigation. Necessary qualificationsinclude Board certification or eligibility fromthe ABPN (with Special Competence inChild Neurology), eligibility for a Californiamedical license, and suitable clinical,teaching and scholarship experience.aPPliCaNtS Should SeNd Via emaila CoVer letter, CV aNd NameS oFthree reFereeS to:Email: pfisher@stanford.eduPaul Fisher, M.D.,Professor and Division Chief,Division of Child Neurology,Suite 317, Palo Alto, CA 94304Stanford University is an equal opportunityemployer and is committed to increasingthe diversity of its faculty. It welcomesnominations of and applications fromwomen and members of minority groups,as well as others who would bringadditional dimensions to the universitysresearch, teaching and clinical missions.faculty Position,children’s Hospital los angelesFaculty positions in Child Neurology,epileptology, clinical neurophysiologywith epilepsy surgery experience We arerecruiting for additional faculty in childneurology, with particular emphasis onclinical neurophysiology. Training in EEG,long term monitoring and epilepsy surgicalplanning and monitoring is a top priority,but child neurologist with subspecialtyand research interests in developmental


disorders and autism, neuromusculardisease, or movement disorders will alsobe considered, as will applicants whoseinterests are general child neurology.Faculty with clinical research interestsand experience are encouraged to apply.Faculty with bench research interests willalso be considered. Board certification oreligibility in Neurology (Child) is essential;clinical neurophysiology boards arehighly desirable. Childrens Hospital LosAngeles is a busy, urban tertiary hospitalwith a diverse patient population. TheNeurology Division is growing, nowwith 8 full time faculty members. Newhospital facilities opened in July 2011.There is very active outpatient NeurologyClinic at CHLA, along with three satelliteclinics. CHLA also has a multidisciplinaryautism program. There is ongoing clinicalresearch program within the NeurologyDivision. There is a developmentalneurobiology bench research programunder Dr. Richard Simerly. CaliforniaMedical license is essential, as well asappropriate visa status for internationalcandidates. We cannot support J1 waiversin California. Academic appointment isat Keck School of Medicine, University ofSouthern California, at a level appropriatefor training and experience. Women,minorities and persons with disabilitiesare encouraged to apply. USC is an EO/AA employer.CoNtaCtS:Wendy G. Mitchell M.D.Childrens Hospital Los AngelesDivision Head, Neurology4650 W. Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90027Tel: (323) 361-2498 or (323) 361-2846Fax: (323) 361-1109Email: wmitchell@chla.usc.eduKathy Hill, administrative coordinatorEmail: khill@chla.usc.eduTel: (323) 361-4575----------------------------cHild neurologistLoma Linda University FacultyMedical Group and the Division ofPediatric Neurology is seeking a fulltimeacademic child neurologist atthe instructor, assistant, or associateprofessor level who is BE/BC in Neurologywith Special Qualification in ChildNeurology. The Division consists of 7pediatric neurologists. We are part ofthe Department of Pediatrics which hasapproximately 125 attending physiciansand 115 pediatric residents. Our ChildNeurology Residency accepts 1 residentper year. There is a strong Adult Neurologydepartment with 3 residents per year whoalso rotate through child neurology. TheLLU Children’s Hospital has approximately300 beds. This includes a 16 bed EmergencyDepartment., 25 bed Pediatric ICU, 24 bedIntermediate Care Unit, 90 bed NeonatalICU, and 140 additional beds in 5 pediatricunits (general and subspecialty pediatricmedical and subspecialty patients). Thereare approximately 16,000 pediatric medicaland surgical hospital admissions per year toour state of the art LLU Childrens Hospitaland approximately 4000 patients are directadmissions to or are transferred to the ChildNeurology ward service. Approximately900 consultations are performed annually.The outpatient child neurology clinic seesapproximately 12,000 children annuallyand consists of clincs in general childneurology as well as multiple subspecialties(e.g., Neuromuscular Diseases, Epilepsy,Demyelinating Diseases, Movement Disorders,Tuberous Sclerosis, Neurofibromatosis, etc.)We are seeking a child neurologist withexcellent skills in general child neurology andclinical patient care to join our expandingprogram. Interest in developing a subspecialtyclinic and skills in pediatric sleep medicine,headache, autism, stroke and other relatedareas is desired. Shared responsibilities withthe other members of the Division of ChildNeurology include medical student andresident teaching, attending on the childneurology inpatient service and in having anactive outpatient clinical practice. Interest inacademic research is also encouraged andsupported. Requirements include an MDor equivalent degree, eligibility for medicallicensure in the State of California, andcertification (or eligibility for certification)by the American Board of Psychiatry andNeurology in Neurology with SpecialQualification in Child Neurology. LomaLinda is located in Southern California,approximately 70 miles east of Los Angelesand 45 miles away from Palm Springs. Thisposition will remain open until filled. LomaLinda is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction Employer. We offer a competitivecompensation and benefits package includingpaid malpractice and a generous relocationpackage. We will consider an H1-B candidate,providing the candidate is not in their 6thyear of the visa.If interested, please visit our job board toapply: http://www.socaldocs.com/youropportunities/PleaSe Feel Free to CoNtaCt:Dr. Stephen Ashwal, ChiefDivision of Pediatric NeurologyDepartment of PediatricsLoma Linda UniversitySchool of MedicineLoma Linda, CA 92350Email: sashwal@llu.edu----------------------------Pediatric ePilePtologistLoma Linda University Faculty MedicalGroup and the Division of PediatricNeurology is seeking a full-time PediatricEpileptologist at the instructor, assistant,or associate professor level who is BE/BCin Neurology with Special Qualificationin Child Neurology as well as BE/BC inClinical Neurophysiology. If qualified, thisindividual would be appointed as Directorof Pediatric Epilepsy. The Division consistsof 7 pediatric neurologists. Responsibilitiesinclude interpretation of outpatient andinpatient EEGs, administrative supervisionof the video-EEG monitoring unit, andpatient care, including evaluation ofpatients with complex epilepsy for VNSimplantation, ketogenic diets, and epilepsysurgery. Shared responsibilities with theneurology group include resident teachingand limited general neurology inpatientattending service. Expertise in clinical careand teaching are particularly valued. Weparticipate in teaching pediatric house staffand pediatric neurology residents. The LLUChildren’s Hospital includes a 16 bed ER.25 bed Pediatric ICU, 24 bed IntermediateCare Unit, 90 bed Neonatal ICU, and140 additional beds in 5 pediatric units(general and subspecialty patients). Ourdepartment interpreted over 500 inpatientEEG studies and over 700 outpatient EEGstudies. We provide some remote EEGinterpretation services to local hospitals.Loma Linda is located in Southern California,approximately 70 miles east of Los Angelesand 45 miles away from Palm Springs. Thisposition will remain open until filled. LomaLinda is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction Employer. We offer a competitivecompensation and benefits packageincluding paid malpractice and a generousrelocation package. We will consider anH1-B candidate, providing the candidate isnot in their 6th year of the visa. If interested,Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013 13


maRylaNd continuedPleaSe reFer to PoSitioN# 03-314-372 iNtereSted aPPliCaNtSShould SeNd CV to:Kathleen Currey M.D.Email: kcurrey@peds.umaryland.eduJack Gladstein M.D.Email: jgladstein@peds.umaryland.eduUniversity of Maryland Department ofPediatrics 22 S. Greene Street, N5W68Baltimore, MD 21201CNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYmIChIgaNPediatric epileptologistThe Spectrum Health Medical Groupaffiliated with Helen DeVos Children’sHospital in Grand Rapids, MI seeks 2 fulltime,BC/BE Pediatric Epileptologists. HelenDeVos Children’s Hospital physicians aremembers of The Spectrum Health MedicalGroup, a physician-led, multispecialtygroup that is part of Spectrum Health.Opportunity highlights include: Jointhe expanding Division of PediatricNeurology including four physicians andthree nurse practitioners; our new 212-bed children’s hospital includes a six bedepilepsy monitoring unit; we are a level IVepilepsy center (NAEC). The goal of thepediatric epilepsy program is to become anationally recognized center of excellencewithin 3 to 5 years and further expandthe epilepsy surgery program; primaryacademic partner of Michigan StateUniversity offering faculty appointmentsfor qualified candidates; teaching andresearch are strong components of thedivision. Qualifications include BC/BE inPediatric Neurology, completion of a 2year fellowship in Pediatric Epilepsy andsurgical and ICU monitoring experiencepreferred.CoNtaCt:Email: diana.dieckman@spectrumhealth.orgVisit helendevoschildrens.org andvisitgrandrapids.org for more information.----------------------------16 Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013Pediatric neurologistThe Pediatric Neurology Division atHelen DeVos Children’s Hospital inGrand Rapids, Michigan seeks a fifth fulltimeBC/BE Pediatric Neurologist to joinits growing, clinically focused program.Pediatric Neurology is a Division of theHelen DeVos Children’s Hospital Physicians,members of The Spectrum Health MedicalGroup (SHMG). The SHMG is a growing,physician led, multispecialty practice. Formore information, visit shmg.org. ThePediatric Neurology Division includes fourNeurologists, three Advanced PracticeProviders, a social worker, a dieticianand support staff. The Division providesfamily-centered care for infants, childrenand adolescents who have diseases ordisorders of the nervous system. Our newchildren’s hospital includes a six bed epilepsymonitoring unit with top of the line video/audio EEG capabilities. Primary academicpartner of Michigan State University Collegeof Human Medicine offering academicappointments for qualified candidates.Teaching responsibilities available in fullyaccredited Michigan State Universityaffiliated Pediatric and Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency programs, as well asthe medical student program. Supportfor clinical and basic research exists. Our212-bed Helen DeVos Children’s Hospitalopened in January, 2011 and serves as aregional tertiery center offering 200 pediatricspecialists in 50 pediatric specialties andprograms. A spacious ambulatory officebridged to the new children’s hospitalopened in August, 2011. Grand Rapids is avibrant, family-oriented, metropolitan city of750,000 located 40 minutes from beautifulLake Michigan.CoNtaCt:Email:diana.dieckman@spectrumhealth.orgVisit helendeveoschildrens.org andvisitgrandrapids.orgCNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYmINNesOtaPediatric neurologistfaculty PositionThe section of Pediatric Neurology atUniversity of Minnesota Amplatz Children’sHospital at Minneapolis and Department ofNeurology is seeking a Pediatric Neurologist.We seek ABPN Board certified/eligibleenthusiastic pediatric neurologist who hasgeneral pediatric neurology skills and hasor wants to develop further expertise invarious subspecialties of Pediatric Neurologyincluding epilepsy, neurophysiology,genetic and metabolic disorders, neurooncology,neuroimaging, cerebrovascular,neonatal neurology. Separate positions areavailable for clinician and physician-scientistat an academic level appropriate to eachindividual qualifications and experience.Successful applicants should demonstrateexcellence in clinical care, teaching, andinstitutional service and willing to collaboratewith University of Minnesota’ s clinical,translational and basic science programs.Duties & Responsibilities: This is a dualhospital clinic-based position in a newtertiary state of the art teaching hospital.The successful candidate will participate inthe care of patients with various neurologicalconditions supporting well-establishedmultidisciplinary programs includingcardiovascular, bone marrow transplantation,neonatology, oncology and others. Theindividual will actively participate in theteaching of medical students, residents andfellows at the University of Minnesota. Theindividual will be provided with opportunityand support for development or continuationof specific research interests in variousaspects of neurology. Program Description:The Department of Neurology at theUniversity of Minnesota is expanding itsclinical and research capabilities in pediatricneurology in conjunction with the newUniversity of Minnesota Children’s Hospital.The Medical School is located on theMinneapolis campus of the University andis physically and administratively situated tointeract with the enormous resources of theentire University. The Twin Cities communityis culturally rich and diverse, with extensiveartistic, literary and natural resources closeby.iNtereSted aPPliCaNtS muStaPPly oNliNe:For tenure track positionFor clinical scholar positionFor additional information please contact:Gerald Raymond, MDProfessor Department of NeurologyUniversity of MinnesotaEmail: gvraymon@umn.eduCNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYmIssOuRImissouri Pediatric neurologyPediatric Neurology * Clinical track withoptional clinician scholar tenure track *Seeking a general Pediatric Neurologycandidate that has the ability to specialize *Join an energetic, passionate and respectedfaculty team that promotes career growth


and development * 1:3 Call schedule *Newly remodeled and improved Womens& Childrens Hospital, Pediatric Adolescentand Specialty Clinic and Pediatric UrgentCare Center Become an integral part ofthis innovative, university city * NCAAand AAU University with Science Center,Business Incubator & the largest ResearchReactor in the United States * Symphonies,Amphitheater, Concerts, Theatrical & DancePerformances * Hiking, Biking, Hunting,Camping, Fishing, Golfing and Boating* Boutiques, Art Galleries, Film Festival,Vineyards & Wineries * Diverse Private andPublic Schools of Excellence with AAA RatingCoNtaCt:Sally PattonTel: (800) 492-7771Email: spattonweb@phg.comFax: 404-591-4266Cell / Text: 770-265-2001MENTION CODE 120121 - CHN - PattonMinimum Requirements: MD or DO MedicalDegree Eligible to be state licensed in theUnited States United States Residency and/orFellowship training----------------------------child neurologistThe Section of Neurology is pursuingboard eligible/certified neurologists whowish to practice with other professionals– all committed to medical excellencein a supportive environment. We aresearching for those that desire to advancethe field of neurology through researchand collaboration, those who possessstrong clinical and interpersonal skills,those who are attracted to a highlydesirable community. Clinical expertise inepilepsy, neurophysiology, neurooncology,neurogenetics, and/or neurodevelopmentaldisorders will be viewed favorably. Anopportunity to direct the child neurologyfellowship training program is availablefor the right candidate. The Sectionof Neurology currently has ten childneurologists, twelve skilled pediatric clinicalnurses, four child neurology fellows, andan active neurophysiology laboratory. Twoneuroradiologists are active in the clinicaland educational programs with the section.Our staff rotates between busy outpatientand inpatient services that include regularteaching responsibilities for the pediatricresidency and child neurology fellowshiptraining programs. New faculty will primarilyprovide inpatient/outpatient clinical care andwill secondarily teach students, residents,and fellows. Academic appointments areavailable through the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Children’sMercy has an established child neurologyfellowship program in partnership with theadult neurology residency program at theUniversity of Kansas Medical Center. Ourphysicians are encouraged to participate inboth clinical and basic research within anexciting and expanding research program.CoNtaCt:Ahmed T. Abdelmoity, M.D.Director of the ComprehensiveEpilepsy Center Director of theClinical Neurophysiology ProgramSteven M. Shapiro MD, MSHA ChiefSection of NeurologyQualified candidate should submit theirCV to physicianjobs@cmh.eduCNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYNebRaskachild neurology opportunity inomaha, nebraskaThe University of Nebraska MedicalCenter College of Medicine and Children’sHospital & Medical Center are activelyrecruiting a board certified/board eligibleChild Neurologist to join our team of 5Child Neurologists. The Division of ChildNeurology is seeking an individual with apassion for providing world class patientcare and teaching. An active researchinterest would be welcome. A facultyappointment would be commensurate withexperience. Our division attracts patientsfrom a large five-state region and has highlyactive outpatient clinics, a busy inpatientservice as well as several outreach clinicsthroughout Nebraska. Located in Omaha,Children’s Hospital & Medical Centerprovides expertise in more than 30 pediatricspecialty services to children and familiesacross a five-state region and beyond. The145-bed, non-profit hospital houses the onlydedicated pediatric emergency departmentin the region and offers 24-hour, in-houseservices by pediatric critical care specialistsand neonatalogists. Omaha is a vibrant citywith a metropolitan population of 800,000.Offering excellent schools, Omaha is asafe, family-oriented town. Entertainmentoptions are nearly endless with a new largeconvention center and arena that attractsthe biggest names in music and sports.Omaha has become a major center forNCAA events including the College WorldSeries, Volleyball Final Four, RegionalDivision I Basketball, and the 2008 and2012 Olympic Swimming Trials. Omaha isthe home of the largest community theaterin the country, has an excellent symphonyand opera, hosts top touring Broadwayshows and concerts, and our own worldclass zoo. Property values are among themost affordable in the country for a city ofthis size. Omaha is consistently ranked asone of the most livable and family-friendlycities in the United States.PleaSe CoNtaCt me or ourPhySiCiaN reCruiter,Brenda KrullTel: (402) 955-6971Email: bkrull@childrensomaha.org.Paul D. Larsen, MD, Division HeadPediatric NeurologyDepartment of PediatricsUniversity of NebraskaCollege of MedicineOmaha, Nebraska 68198-2163Tel: 402-559-9539Email: pdlarsen@unmc.edu----------------------------Pediatric epileptology Position inomaha, nebraskaThe University of Nebraska MedicalCenter College of Medicine and Children’sHospital & Medical Center are activelyrecruiting a board certified/board eligibleEpileptologist/ Child Neurologist to join ourteam of 6 Child Neurologists. The Divisionof Child Neurology is seeking a physicianthat will aid in the development of ourcomprehensive Epilepsy program. We areseeking an individual with a passion forproviding world class patient care, teachingand research. A faculty appointmentwould be commensurate with experience.This is the perfect opportunity to join aprofessional environment for breakthrougheducational, research and clinical outcomes.Our team attracts patients from a largefive-state region and has highly activeoutpatient clinics, a busy inpatient service aswell as several outreach clinics throughoutNebraska. Located in Omaha, Children’sHospital & Medical Center providesexpertise in more than 30 pediatric specialtyservices to children and families across afive-state region and beyond. The 145-bed, non-profit hospital houses the onlydedicated pediatric emergency departmentChild Neurology Society | April/May 2013 17


NebRaska continuedin the region and offers 24-hour, in-houseservices by pediatric critical care specialistsand neonatalogists. Omaha is a vibrantcity with a metropolitan population of800,000. Offering excellent schools,Omaha is a safe, family-oriented town.Entertainment options are nearly endlesswith a new large convention center andarena that attracts the biggest names inmusic and sports. Omaha has become amajor center for NCAA events includingthe College World Series, Volleyball FinalFour, Regional Division I Basketball, andthe 2008 and 2012 Olympic SwimmingTrials. Omaha is the home of the largestcommunity theater in the country, has anexcellent symphony and opera, hosts toptouring Broadway shows and concerts,and our own world class zoo. Propertyvalues are among the most affordable inthe country for a city of this size. Omahais consistently ranked as one of the mostlivable and family-friendly cities in theUnited States.PleaSe CoNtaCt me or ourPhySiCiaN reCruiter,Brenda KrullTel: (402) 955-6971Email: bkrull@childrensomaha.org.Paul D. Larsen, MD, Division HeadPediatric NeurologyDepartment of PediatricsUniversity of NebraskaCollege of MedicineOmaha, Nebraska 68198-2163Tel: 402-559-9539Email: pdlarsen@unmc.eduCNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYNew jeRseydirector of Pediatric neurologyGoryeb Childrens Hospital (NJ) is seekinga Director of Pediatric Neurologyresponsible for the clinical, administrativeand visionary leadership of the Division ofPediatric Neurology. He/she will participatein inpatient and outpatient services,education of residents and medicalstudents, clinical research, outreach andmarketing. Current personnel include 2pediatric neurologists with sub-boardsin epilepsy and one with sub-board inneurodevelopmental disabilities, an APN,RN, dietitian and support staff. Candidatesmust be BC in Pediatric Neurology withminimum 8-10 years of experience, be ableto lead the full-time and voluntary facultyto grow pediatric neurosciences. Applicantswith a subspecialty interest and/or a trackrecord in research, including successfulgrant funding and publications would be ofinterest. Goryeb is an 86,000 sq ft hospitalattached to Morristown Medical Center withfacilities also at Overlook Medical Centerin Summit, NJ and satellites. It is a regionalmedical center with over 250 pediatriciansand 100 pediatric subspecialists from 20different specialty areas. An independent38 person pediatric residency exists as wellas an academic affiliation with Mount SinaiSchool of Medicine. Goryeb, Morristown, andOverlook Medical Centers are part of AtlanticHealth System, ranked by Fortune Magazineas one of the 100 best companies to work for,5th year in a row. We are an hour from NYC,mountains, and the shore, with excellentschools.iNtereSted CaNdidateS ShouldSeNd their CV aNd CoVer letteriN CoNFideNCe toWalter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatricsvia department managerEmail: Teri.Criscione@atlantichealth.orgTel: (973) 971-6310CNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYNew yORkPediatric neurologisteRiver Neurology is seeking a full-time BC/BEPediatric Neurologist to join our establishedpractice. eRiver is a single specialty neurologypractice with 2 pediatric neurologists and 6adult neurologists. We are a physician ownedorganization with strong physician leadership,a culture of support and a focus on patientcare. The practice is fully electronic and offersEEG, adult and pediatric epilepsy monitoringunits, continuous video EEG ICU monitoring,EMG, and a sleep lab. About the Position• Seeking a BC/BE Pediatric Neurologist tojoin our Pediatric Neurology Practice - acomprehensive, consultative service. Trainingin epilepsy is preferred but not required. •The pediatric neurology group currently has 2physicians and 1 midlevel provider. • Practiceat our 4 offices, including our recentlyexpanded 6000 sf office in the heart of theHudson Valley. • Call is 1:4 and telephoneonly with occasional inpatient consults. Thehospital is staffed by pediatric hospitalists.• Position enhanced by outstanding officesupport and fully electronic office. • Excellentsalary, fringe benefits and early partnership.Lifestyle • Family oriented community, withexcellent schools, low cost of living andlow crime rates. • Abundant outdoor andcultural activities including superb restaurants,theatre, golf courses, mountain hiking,the Hudson River, and farmers markets. •Conveniently located 1 hour north of NYC inthe beautiful and historic Hudson Valley.Related Links For information about thepractice: eriverneurology.comCNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYNORth CaROlINasystem director, PediatricneurosciencesSystem Director, Pediatric Neurosciences TheJeff Gordon Children’s Hospital and LevineChildren’s Hospital at Carolinas MedicalCenter in North Carolina are seeking aDirector of Pediatric Neurosciences. Bothfacilities are a part of Carolinas HealthCareSystem which serves as an integrated healthsystem of thirty-eight facilities within thestates of North and South Carolina. Thenew Director will play an integral role in theexpansion of the pediatric neurosciencesdivision within the system. Applicantsshould be board certified in neurology,and demonstrate a commitment to clinicalexcellence, education and research. CarolinasMedical Center is a major teaching affiliateof UNC at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.A competitive salary, incentive bonus andattractive benefits are offered. Jeff GordonChildren’s Hospital is on the campus ofCarolinas Medical Center – NorthEast andopened in 2007. The Children’s Hospital has53 beds with a 5 bed PICU. Levine Children’sHospital (LCH) is on the campus of CarolinasMedical Center and also opened in 2007.LCH has 11 floors with 234 patient beds. Itincludes a 20 bed PICU and Cardiac IntensiveCare Unit, a 20 bed day hospital and an 85bed NICU. The Department of Pediatrics hasan accredited three year residency program.There is also a pediatric emergency room withan approved fellowship training program.There are more than half a million childrenliving in the 28-county region surroundingCharlotte. An additional 100,000 children areprojected to be born into or move into thisarea by the year 2015. There is no dedicatedpediatric facility in the region that canadequately accommodate this growth.CoNtaCtsarah.foster@carolinashealthcare.org----------------------------18 Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013


wIsCONsIN continuedpatient care, research and education withMayo’s community-focused multi-specialtygroups in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.Today, more than 950 physicians practicein the 75 Mayo Clinic Health Systemcommunities. Eau Claire, metro area of99,000, is home to the 11,800 studentsat the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.Located 90 minutes east of Minneapolis,Eau Claire is a family friendly communitywith the cost of living below the nationalaverage, a low crime rate and strongpublic schools.CoNtaCt:Cyndi EdwardsTel: (715) 838-3156Email CV: edwards.cyndi@mayo.eduEOECNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYwest vIRgINIaacademic Pediatric neurologistLocated in the capitol city of West VirginiaThe Charleston Area Medical Center andthe Department of Pediatrics at WestVirginia University - Charleston Division areseeking a second fellowship trained PediatricNeurologist. The successful candidatemust be BC in Pediatrics and BE/BC inPediatric Neurology with ability to obtainan active and unrestricted West VirginiaMedical license, DEA and staff privilegesat Charleston Area Medical Center. Thisposition will focus on a clinical practicewith experience in the teaching of residentsand medical students. Interest in clinicalresearch will be actively supported. The WVUDepartment of Pediatrics faculty also includespediatric specialists in adolescent medicine,cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology,hematology/oncology, infectious disease,nephrology, pulmonology and surgery. Salarywill be competitive at the national level andrelated to rank and experience. Applicationswill be accepted until the position is filled.Generous benefits package for you and yourfamily as well as a sign-on bonus and movingallowance. Patients are admitted to Womenand Children’s Hospital, a regional tertiarycenter for children, with referrals from twentysurrounding counties. Women and Children’sHospital includes a 30-bed inpatient pediatricunit, a 6-bed PICU with 4 additionaltransitional care beds staffed by boardcertified pediatric intensivists, and a LevelIII 26-Bed NICU staffed 24/7 by in-houseboard certified neonatologists. Charleston isa vibrant community and offers an excellentfamily environment, with unsurpassedrecreational activities and outstanding schoolsystemsCoNtaCt:Email: carol.wamsley@camc.orgCHIlD neUrOlOGY sOCIetYresidencies & FellowshipsCNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYFlORIdachild neurology residency position -July 2013The University of Florida College ofMedicine, Department of Pediatrics inaffiliation with nationally-ranked ShandsHospital for Children offers a three-yearChild Neurology Residency Program.One child neurology resident will beaccepted each year. Expected start date:July 1, 2013 Requirements: - Two yearsof training in general pediatrics or - Oneyear of training in general pediatrics andone year of training in internal medicineor - One year of training in generalpediatrics and one year of training in basicneuroscience research - Curriculum vitae -Three recommendation letters (personal/professional qualities) - USMLE scores -Candidate personal statementCoNtaCt:Email: andrade@peds.ufl.eduCNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYIllINOIsPediatric neurocritical careThe Pediatric Neurocritical Care Programat Northwestern University FeinbergSchool of Medicine in the Departmentof Pediatrics, Divisions of Neurology andCritical Care Medicine invites applicationsfrom candidates interested in trainingin pediatric critical care neurology.Applications are now being accepted fortraining beginning in July 2013. Duringthis one-year training program, the fellowwill develop expertise in the recognition,evaluation and acute and long-termmanagement of acute neurologic insultsincluding, but not limited to, traumaticbrain injury, stroke, refractory statusepilepticus, autoimmune and demyelinatingdisorders, CNS infections, metabolic,neuromuscular disorders, and neurologiccomplications of critical illness. The fellowwill be responsible for all neurologicconsultations in the Children’s MemorialHospital PICU. In addition to clinical servicein the PICU, the fellowship training willinclude rotations in neurosurgery, adultneurointensive care, neurophysiology,rehabilitation medicine and neuroradiology.The fellow will participate in a monthlyspecialty Neurology-ICU follow up clinic,and will be responsible for the outpatientcare of their patients after discharge fromthe PICU. In addition, the fellow willparticipate in monthly Neurocritical Careconferences and a Neurocritical Care reviewteaching series. Extensive experience will begained in neurophysiologic monitoring ofthe critically ill patient including prolongedvideo EEG monitoring, and interpretationof transcranial dopplers. Two trainingtracks are available depending on thecandidate’s previous fellowship training ineither Child Neurology or Pediatric CriticalCare Medicine. Focused clinical researchwill be encouraged and there are ampleopportunities and mentors within theDivisions of Neurology and Critical CareMedicine. The pediatric neurocritical care22 Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013


faculty comprises 4 attending physicianswith backgrounds in pediatric neurology,epilepsy and critical care, in addition toa pediatric neurocritical care AdvancedPractice Nurse. The pediatric intensive careunit at Children’s Memorial Hospital is a42 bed unit with active cardiac surgery, andtransplant programs, within a 270 bed freestandingchildren’s hospital serving as theDepartment of Pediatrics at NorthwesternUniversity Feinberg School of Medicine.The successful candidate for the PediatricNeurocritical Care Fellowship should befully trained in Child Neurology or CriticalCare Medicine by the time s/he begins theprogram.CONTACT:Email: m-wainwright@northwestern.eduCNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYmassachusettsPediatric Cerebrovascular Disordersand Stroke fellowshipPediatric Cerebrovascular Disorders andStroke Fellowship Position Departmentof Neurology, Children’s Hospital BostonThe Cerebrovascular Disorders (CVD) andStroke Program in the Department ofNeurology, Children’s Hospital Boston,invites applications from candidatesinterested in dedicated fellowship trainingin pediatric stroke and cerebrovasculardisorders beginning 1 July, 2013. Ourexciting program brings together expertiserelated to cerebrovascular disease andstroke in children from Child Neurology,Neurosurgery, Hematology, Neuroradiology,Interventional Neuroradiology, EmergencyMedicine and Physical/OccupationalTherapies. Our program comprises a yearof clinical training in pediatric stroke andcerebrovascular disorders with an optionfor an additional year organized arounda clinical research project with limitedcontinuing clinical responsibility. Theselected candidate will have appointmentsas a Clinical Fellow in Neurology atChildren’s Hospital Boston and HarvardMedical School.INTereSTed ApplICANTS ShOuldwrITe wITh INquIry ANd CV TO:Michael J. Rivkin, M.D.Children’s Hospital BostonDepartment of Neurology300 Longwood Avenue,Pavilion 154, Boston, MA 02115CNS PERSONNEL REGISTRYontarioNeonatal Neurology fellowshipThe Hospital for Sick Children Divisionof Neurology is pleased to announcethe availability of a 2-year NeonatalNeurology Fellowship. This is aclinical and research position offeringcomprehensive training in NeonatalNeurology with emphasis on clinicalevaluation, bedside monitoring tools (e.g.aEEG and continuous EEG), and advancedMRI techniques (e.g. diffusion tensorimaging, spectroscopy, morphometry,and functional imaging). Clinical andresearch experience during this fellowshipcan be tailored to the career needs ofthe applicant. Applicants should bemedical physicians who have completedsubspecialty training in PediatricNeurology or Neonatology. The positionis available from July 1, 2013.CONTACT:Email: susy.oneill@sickkids.caAwards Committeecontinued from page 11identifies emotional concerns ofpatients and family members· Engenders trust and confidence· Displays competence in scientificendeavorsProcedure1. Click the tab or link on the CNSwebsite home page to access theon-line nomination form. A link willbe provided to facilitate returningto incomplete applications and/orallow other references to uploadletters of support.2. Prepare and upload a Letter ofNomination with a length of 2-5pages, double-spaced and a recentcopy of the nominees CV. The lettershould include a statement of theapplicant’s eligibility for this award,as outlined above. (Submit in PDFformat. No signatures required)3. Upload up to 3 additional letters ofsupport (optional).4. The complete nomination must beentered on-line on or beforeJune 30, 2013.5. The 2013 awardee will be informedof the committee’s decision byAugust 1, 2013. Since only oneAward is given yearly, nominees notselected are encouraged to reapplythe following year.6. Questions? Send enquiries byEmail to: Roger Larson, ExecutiveDirector, Child Neurology Society1000 West County Road E, Suite 290St. Paul, MN 55126 Tel: 651-486-9447rblarson@childneurologysociety.orgAnnual Meeting recruitmentA limited number of booths areavailable each year to institutionsor private practices interestedin recruiting at the CNS AnnualMeeting. To explore further,go to the CNS website, clickAnnual Meeting/Exhibits. ExhibitProspectus will be available May 15.Child Neurology Society | April/May 2013 23


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