CNF Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

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Each year, the CNF offers one summer clinical research scholarship for a first- or second-year U.S. or Canadian medical student who has an interest in training as a child neurologist. The award is made for clinical research focused in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities in children to be conducted under the direction of a child neurology/NDD subspecialist during summer break. The selected applicant will receive a $3,500 scholarship to support his or her research project.

Guidelines: Applications should not exceed five pages (including the cover letter) and should include the following:

  • A cover letter with complete applicant contact information (name, email, phone, address), mentor contact information (name, title, email, phone, address), project title
  • The hypothesis to be tested
  • A description of the proposed methods
  • Goals of the project
  • The feasibility of the proposal
  • The facilities to be utilized

In addition, the application must also include a letter from the child neurology/NDD mentor agreeing to sponsor the student and oversee the project. The letter should specify that the mentor will be responsible for ethical conduct of research and for obtaining, if necessary, Institutional Review Board approval of the research.

Applications should be sent to:

Email Address:  
Subject Line: Child Neurology Foundation NDD Scholarship

Applications must be submitted by April 13, 2018. Only emailed applications will be accepted. Confirmation of receipt will be sent to all applicants. If confirmation is not received within 48 hours, please call Allyson Eyermann at 612.928.6325. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of child neurologists. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by Monday, May 21, 2018.

The recipient and mentor are each responsible for providing a summary of the research and the mentor-mentee experience to the Child Neurology Foundation by Saturday, September 1, 2018.

For more information, contact:

Allyson Eyermann, CNF Executive Administrative Assistant, 612.928.6325

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Mr. Benjamin Morgan, a first year medical student at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Mr. Morgan will receive a $3,500 scholarship to support his research project titled: The impact of hypoperfusion on brain development and neurodevelopmental outcome in children with Moyamoya disease.

Mr. Morgan stated: “Before medical school, I finished an undergraduate and Masters degree in electrical engineering with a specialization in digital signal processing. I used this training to get my first job as a Research Analyst at the Hospital for Sick Children, working on the computational aspects of brain MRI research in autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, and children born very preterm. Through this experience, I developed an appreciation for the link between engineering and medicine. Studying the developing brain provides the perfect platform to expand both my technical and medical training, which is what makes pediatric neurology such an interesting field to me. I find the challenge of bridging the gap between technological advances and clinical care very exciting and I hope to use this to deepen my understanding of neurological disorders and their treatment. My goal is to be involved with technical research throughout my medical training and career, and the Child Neurology Foundation NDD Scholarship has provided me with the perfect opportunity to do so.”

Past NDD Scholarship Recipients

2016: Ms. Ashley Bach
University of California San Francisco

Research Title: White matter injury and brain development in preterm newborns and neurodevelopmental outcome at school age

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