4 miCHael v. JoHnsTon, md Presidential Guest Lectureship Michael Johnston is a pediatric neurologist and Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Chief Medical Officer/Senior Vice President of Kennedy Krieger Institute . He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and did residency training in pediatrics and child neurology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital . During residency training he also spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow with Joseph Coyle in the Department of Pharmacology at Hopkins . After completion of training he moved to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he became a Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology in 987 . He returned to Baltimore in his current position the following year, and he practices clinical child neurology and carries out basic and clinical research on mechanisms of brain injury and plasticity . His group has been especially interested in developing neuroprotective strategies against glutamate-mediated brain injury in the perinatal period . This work has been supported by the NIH and has won several awards including the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award . Recent work in collaboration with Alec Hoon at Kennedy Krieger is examining the patterns of white matter injury in children with cerebral palsy using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) . Jeffrey kleim, PHd Mac Keith Press Basic Science Lecturer Dr . Kleim is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Florida and the Director of Translational Rehabilitation Research at the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center at the Malcom Randall VA Hospital in Gainesville Florida . He is funded by several national funding agencies to conduct research examining neural plasticity and recovery of function after stroke in both animal models and stroke patients . sPeCial guesT sPeakers eugene bleCk, md Gayle G . Arnold Award Lecturer Gene Bleck was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 923 of third generation American German-Swiss immigrant parents . His primary and secondary educations were at St . Anastasia School in Waukegan, Illinois and the Waukegan Township High School . Following graduation from high school in June 94 , he deferred collage and worked for Abbott laboratories . During the summer of 94 while washing ampules on the PM to 7AM shift with four medical students from the University of Illinois, one of them suggested that he should stuffy medicine . With that decision, he applied for admission to Marquette University to begin in September 942 . December 7, 94 , brought the war and enlistment in the U .S . Naval Reserve . When he entered Marquette for pre-medical studies in 942, he was enrolled in the Navy V- 2 program to produce physicians for the war . After a stint as a corpsman at the U .S . Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Illinois, he continued his studies and was accepted to the Marquette University School of Medicine in 944 . When the war ended in 945, he was discharged from the Navy and continued medical school ending in graduation in 947 . After internship, he was accepted in the Duke University Orthopaedic Training program as a fellow of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in 948 . This was the beginning of his long career in the care of disabled children and adults . His experience in cerebral palsy began in 948 with the establishment of the North Carolina CerebralPalsy Hospital at Duke in Durham by Lenox D . Baker, Professor of the Orthopaedic Surgery . As a resident, he attended one of the first meetings of the AmericanAcademyforCerebralPalsy with its founders in 948 at this hospital . His residency was interrupted by enlisting in the U .S . Navy as a physician in response to a plea for physicians by the Secretary of the Navy, James Forestall . He was sent to the U .S . Navy Hospital, Mare Island, California, which was designated as an amputation center . After a short stay at the hospital, he was sent to San Diego for duty on the U .S .S . Maddox, DD 73 , Destroyer Division 92 (code: “Cocktail Love”) as part of Task Force 77, aircraft carrier Valley Forge (code: “Cherry Tree”) which was to be sent to San Diego to the Straits of Formosa to guard Taiwan from attack by China . While anchored in Hong Kong, the Korean War began in June 950 . After a year of sea duty, he returned to Oakland Naval Hospital as an assistant chief of the amputation service . He was married to Anne Blewett of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in July 95 and subsequently had three sons and two daughters . In 952, he resumed his residency and fellowship with the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at Duke that included a year long assignment at the North Caroline Orthopaedic Hospital in Gastonia . This gave him a broad experience in the care and the needs of the disabled children .
sPeCial guesT sPeakers, continued He came to California in 955 and in 956 became the orthopaedic consultant for the El Portal School for disabled children in San Mateo County – a position he continued until becoming a full-time faculty member of Stanford University School of Medicine in 972 . He established a pediatric orthopaedic service at the Children’s Hospital at Stanford (now the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital) . The United CerebralPalsy Association, New York, awarded him funds for a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and cerebral palsy . Subsequently, he became the Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and was appointed Chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery in 982 . He became Professor Emeritus in 990 . He is Past President of the AmericanAcademyforCerebralPalsy ( 976-77), the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North American ( 982-83), and the American Orthopaedic Association ( 99 -92) . He has been a lecturer and visiting professor in the United States, Europe, South Americanand Asia . He was an editor of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 978- 995 . He has been a foreign correspondent for Majalah Orthopaedi Indonesia, Jakarta and a member of the advisory board of the Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal, Bangalore, India . His publications comprise 85 papers, editorials, book reviews, contributions to orthopaedic texts and three books, the latest of which is a revision of his 987 Orthopaedic Management in CerebralPalsy, London: Mac Keith Press with Oxford: Blackwell’s Scientific, 2007 with Helen Meeks Horstmann, MD, as the senior author . susan Harris, PHd, PT Susan Harris is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Department within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and Editor-in-Chief of Physiotherapy Canada . An AACPDM member since 98 , Dr . Harris has long been a champion for evidence-based practice in rehabilitation . Her presentation will describe a pre/ post-test study that challenged a long-held medical myth -- that strenuous upper extremity exercise in women who had been treated for breast cancer would lead to lymphedema dunCan WyeTH Duncan Wyeth is the Executive Director of the Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns . He has been a consumer advocate for disability issues for over 30 years, serving in a wide range of professional and volunteer roles in both the State of Michigan and nationally . Mr . Wyeth has served on the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee, the National As- sociation of Protection and Advocacy Services (NAPAS), the American Association of People with Disabilities, and United CerebralPalsy Associations . He co-founded the Coalition on Sexuality and Disability and was Chair of the Michigan Commission on Handicapper Concerns . Inducted into the Michigan Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame in 200 , he is a tireless proponent of athletics and people with disabilities . In 995, he co-authored a chapter on cerebral palsy for Sports and Exercise for Children with Chronic Health Conditions . marTin bax, md Dr . Martin Bax is Emeritus Reader in Child Health at Imperial College School of Medicine London (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital campus) . He is at present engaged in a large multicentre study across Europe into the causes of cerebral palsy and a study of the relationship between autism and epilepsy . He has conducted many research studies in the area of childhood disability in the past . His particular interests are neurodevelopmental paediatrics and community paediatrics . Dr . Bax was for many years the senior editor of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology . He is chairperson of the European Academy of Childhood Disability . Jules beCHer, md Jules Becher received his medical education and training as a physician at the University of Amsterdam qualifying in 985 . In 2005, he was appointed Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine specializing in pediatrics in the Dept . of Rehabilitation of the Free University Medical Centre in Amsterdam . His current principal clinical responsibilities include the treatment of children with cerebral palsy (multi-level botulinum toxin treatment, intra-thecal baclofen treatment and gait analysis) . His current research activities include clinical trials of the effects of selective dorsal rizotomy surgery on the mobility of children with cerebral palsy and the development of hand function and cortical plasticity in children with hemiparesis and the development of treatment protocols and functional prognosis tools . He has lectured and published widely including most recently as a coauthor of “Clinical assessment of spasticity in children with cerebral palsy: a critical review of available instruments” (Dev .Med .Child .Neurol ., 2006, 48( ):64-73) . 5