CNF Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

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CNF Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

CNF Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

Applications for Summer 2020 Accepted from December 1, 2019-April 13, 2020

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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: programs@childneurologyfoundation.org  
Subject Line: Child Neurology Foundation NDD Scholarship

Applications must be submitted by April 13, 2020. Only emailed applications will be accepted. Confirmation of receipt will be sent to all applicants. If confirmation is not received within 48 hours, please contact info@childneurologyfoundation.org. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of child neurologists. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by May 15, 2020.

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 September 10, 2020.


2020 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Ms. Camille Corre, a second year medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Ms. Corre will receive a $3,500 scholarship to support her research project titled: Investigating Corical/Cerebral Visual Impairment and Visual Processing Deficits in Cerebral Andrenoleukodystrophy.

Camille Corre’s motivation for studying childhood-onset neurological disease is inspired by longstanding experience working with young people with disabilities in a rehabilitative setting, academic experiences in clinical research on rare neurological diseases, and a family history of facing a neurodegenerative diagnosis. For six summers throughout high school and college, she worked at the Massachusetts Hospital School (now the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children), a long-term residential school and hospital setting for children and young adults with disabilities. She completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Chemistry at the University of Chicago. She then spent two years as a clinical research coordinator studying conditions like X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) in the Center for Rare Neurological Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. In child neurology, she is struck by the overlap between providing rehabilitative/palliative care that maximizes existing quality of life, and the development of neurologic interventions that fundamentally change disease courseThis summer, with support from the NDD scholarship, Camille will explore the cortical visual impairment and visual processing deficits seen in early cerebral ALD. As the therapeutic landscape of so many childhood neurological diseases like ALD rapidly changes, Camille looks forward to caring for patients across the phenotypic spectrum and empowering them to embrace their abilities. 


Past NDD Scholarship Recipients

2019: Ms. Emily Isenstein – University of Rochester
Research Title: Differentiation and Integration of Visual and Proprioceptive Information in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

2018: Ms. Brittany Charsar – Thomas Jefferson University
Research Title: Classification of Mutations in TUBB4A: A New Spectrum of Disease.

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 neurodevelopmental outcome at school age


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