Corporate Advisory Board
The CNF Scientific Award is two-year research grant for work in the field of child neurology. This award recognizes the work of a young researcher, who is a child neurologist early in his/her career. The selected investigator will receive a two-year grant of $50,000 per-year. The award is supported fully by the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF).
Division of Pediatric Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine
Receiving the 2013 CNF PERF Scientific Research Award represents a great honor. More importantly, it creates the opportunity to initiate a research program aimed at understanding how intensive therapies affect the brains’ of children with brain injury. Greater knowledge of the brain changes caused by practice-based therapies is critical for improving their efficacy. In addition, mapping the relationships between therapies, brain changes and functional outcomes may open up new therapeutic approaches towards enhancing brain recovery. Thus, the 2013 CNF PERF Scientific Research Award will fund MRI brain imaging studies of children with chronic brain injury and one-sided movement deficits undergoing an intensive therapy regimen called constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT). Advanced functional MRI techniques will be utilized to carefully trace changes in brain function and brain connectivity attributable to the intervention. These changes will then be related to detailed quantifications of motor function. We contend that this approach will advance our understanding of use-dependent neuroplasticity in general and create testable hypotheses about how current treatments could be further improved.
Child Neurology Foundation
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Minneapolis, MN 55415