Child Neurology Foundation NDD Summer Research Scholarship

NDD Summer Research Scholarship

The Child Neurology Foundation announces the availability of (1) 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 will be 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 the summer break. Selected applicant will receive a $3,500 scholarship to support his or her research project.


Guidelines

Applications are now being received for 2017. Click here for a downloadable PDF of the following guidelines.

Child Neurology Foundation Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

The Child Neurology Foundation announces the availability of (1) 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 selected applicant will receive a $3,500 scholarship to support his or her research project.  The application deadline is April 1, 2017.

The scholarship will support clinical research in the field of pediatric neurodevelopmental disabilities to be conducted under the direction of a child neurologist, who may or may not have additional NDD subspecialty expertise. The research should take place during the 2017 summer break, with an expected completion of September 1, 2017.

Comments from last year’s recipient:

“I’m incredibly thankful to have been able to explore pediatric neurology through my summer research supported by the Child Neurology Foundation. My project aimed to characterize the relationship between neonatal MRI findings among preterm infants and neurodevelopmental outcomes at school age. Building on this experience, I am now better suited to pursue a career that incorporates both research and clinical practice to better understand, treat, and support the developing brains of children locally and globally.” – Ms. Ashely Bach, 2016 NDD Scholarship Awardee

Guidelines:

The complete application should not exceed five pages, and must include the following information:

  • Cover page with:
  • descriptive project title
  • applicant contact information (name, email, phone, address)
  • mentor contact information (name, title, email, phone, address)
  • Project description:
  • 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
  • Letter from the child neurology/NDD mentor stating:
  • Agreement/willingness to sponsor the student and oversee the project.
  • 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: amiller@childneurologyfoundation.org
Subject Line: Child Neurology Foundation NDD Scholarship

Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2017. 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 Amy Miller at 859.514.6062. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of child neurologists. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by Saturday, April 29, 2017.

For more information, contact:

Amy Miller
Executive Director
amiller@childneurologyfoundation.org or 859.514.6062


Past NDD Scholarship Recipients

2016: Ms. Ashley Bach
University of California San Francisco

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

My interest in brain development began during my undergraduate years, and I am incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to explore pediatric neurology through my upcoming summer research supported by the Child Neurology Foundation. My project aims to characterize the relationship between neonatal MRI findings among preterm infants and neurodevelopmental outcomes at school age. Building upon this summer experience, I aim to pursue a future career that incorporates both research and clinical practice to better understand, treat, and support the developing brains of children locally and globally. My summer research supported by the Child Neurology Foundation has expanded and cultivated my interest in the field of child neurology, and I am incredibly thankful to have been given this opportunity. I worked with Dr. Dawn Gano at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital on a research project to determine whether mild white matter injury (WMI) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in premature newborns is associated with motor and cognitive outcomes at school-age (4-6 years of age). Through this project, I learned how to collect and analyze clinical research data.

In particular, Dr. Gano taught me how to use the statistical data analysis program Stata, a tool that I know I will be able to apply to future research projects. Furthermore, I learned about the many clinical variables related to neonatal brain injury and the various outcome metrics used to evaluate motor and cognitive outcomes at school-age. Our work thus far has shown that adverse motor and cognitive outcomes are common in preterm newborns at school-age, but are not independently associated with mild WMI in our study population. Our next step is to incorporate quantitative MRI data, as we believe this may help identify which newborns with absent or mild WMI go on to develop motor or cognitive deficits at school-age.

Based on the work completed this summer, I submitted an abstract to the Child Neurology Society’s 45th Annual Meeting taking place in Vancouver later this month. The abstract was accepted, so I will have the opportunity to both attend the conference and present a poster on my summer research as a first author on the poster. In addition, I have submitted another abstract based upon my summer work to the Western Society for Pediatric Research conference taking place in Carmel, CA in January 2017. I hope to have the opportunity to present my work at that conference as well.