CNF Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

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CNF Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

$3,500 Summer Scholarship For Medical Students

The 2021 application window is now closed. Check back for details about how to apply for the 2022 grant. 

The Child Neurology Foundation is awarding 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 scholarship supports clinical research in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities in children, 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.

Have questions about the NDD Scholarship?

If you have any questions about the NDD Scholarship or need help with your application, please email us at info@childneurologyfoundation.org.

2021 NDD Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Cole Deisseroth, a first-year medical student in the Medical Scientist Training Program of Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).

He is working with Dr. Hsiao-Tuan Chao at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and BCM on a study of Early B-Cell Factor 3 (EBF3)-related Hypotonia, Ataxia, and Delayed Development Syndrome (HADDS) to elucidate the genotype-phenotype spectrum and correlate developmental delays with variant type and location.

His research interest is to combine natural language processing with machine learning to automatically identify important information from written documents with high efficiency and accuracy, use this information to guide clinical and scientific investigation, and accelerate disease diagnosis, outcome assessment, and therapeutic development for childhood neurodevelopmental disorders.

Learn more about Cole Deisseroth and his research in this video interview:


Past NDD Scholarship Recipients

2020 Recipient

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

Ms. Corre received 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 courseDuring the summer of 2020, with support from the NDD scholarship, Camille explored 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. 

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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