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: aeyermann@childneurologyfoundation.org  
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

aeyermann@childneurologyfoundation.org, 612.928.6325


2018 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Ms. Brittany Charsar, an MD-PhD candidate at Thomas Jefferson University.

Ms. Charsar will receive a $3,500 scholarship to support her research project titled: Classification of Mutations in TUBB4A: A New Spectrum of Disease.

Ms. Charsar stated: “After studying Molecular Biology and Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, I entered a dual degree program at Thomas Jefferson University to pursue both an MD and a PhD. With many others, I share the idea that a physician scientist bridges the divide between basic science and the clinic. At Pitt, I studied gene regulation, and after coming to Jefferson, I became inspired by children who face immensely challenging neurological conditions – many with a genetic cause – and also unsatisfied with our current understanding of these conditions and available treatment options. My goal is to push the limits on the current boundaries of what we know as scientists and physicians of how to best care for and treat children with neurological diseases, and in particular, children with leukodystrophies. Now, with support from the Child Neurology Foundation through the NDD Scholarship, I am able to work toward bringing this vision of a physician scientist to fruition, becoming ambidextrous with expertise in both worlds to directly help children and families affected by leukodystrophies at the bedside while continuing to expand our understanding of these diseases, causes and treatment options at the bench. After completing my training, I would like to pursue a career in child neurology and to devote a life of research to leukodystrophies.”


Past NDD Scholarship Recipients

2017: Mr. Benjamin Morgan – The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto
Research Title: The impact of hypoperfusion on brain development and neuro evelopmental outcome in children with Moyamoya disease.

2016: Ms. Ashley Bach – University of California San Francisco
Research Title: White matter injury and brain development in preterm newborns and neuro evelopmental outcome at school age


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