Corporate Advisory Board
I consider it a privilege to be a Child Neurologist and to work with others who, I believe, retain the idealism that is seen at the beginning of medical school. I recall Arnold Gold telling the students,
“Neurology is the most important part of pediatrics
and pediatrics is the most important part of neurology.”
The developing nervous system carries in it all the hopes and dreams of the child and of the child’s parents. Anything that impacts that development can wreck those hopes and dreams and is often a cause of great anguish.
Towards fostering research, CNF funds 4 young investigator research awards. We expect the awardees to follow the outstanding examples of those of previous years by becoming leaders in academic child neurology research.
Our Swaiman Medical scholarships award is designed to promote child neurology as a career.
Finally, CNF works with numerous advocacy groups in mutually beneficial relationships. For example, the IS Hero award is the result of working with the IS Parent Advocacy Committee and the Michael Saninocencio LGS award from the LGS Foundation. Perhaps the most important task of advocacy has been the beginnings of the Child Neurology Channel — a web site that will have accurate and timely information for families and patients with neurologic disorders. We envision the Child Neurology Channel to be the Internet site of choice that Child Neurologists and others will send their patients to learn more about the specific disorder involved. Each topic will have a link to the associated advocacy group so that patient/parents can learn from others who have gone before them. The founder of CNS and CNF, Dr. Ken Swaiman, has agreed to take responsibility for developing and editing some of the content for the Child Neurology Channel. All of the content will be written by child neurologists to assure accuracy.
Our immediate past president Dr. Larry Brown continues to work on an important effort: The Transition Project. When young patients “outgrow” child neurology and need to transition to adult neurologists, it is often a difficult time for the patient and family as well as the child neurologist who must help prepare for the transition. Larry will direct the development of a transition manual and other transition aids.
The annual “Mardi Gras” in February was successful and we look forward to another success in 2014. A new program, the “Young Brain Carnival” was held at the Mall of America in January. A dozen local advocacy groups participated. There were activities including games, music, magic and giveaways for the children.
We can look forward to another year of progress in advancing the goals of the Child Neurology Foundation.
Don Shields, M.D.
Child Neurology Foundation
201 Chicago Avenue #200
Minneapolis, MN 55415