The NIH Child Neurologist Career Development K-12 Award program was approved by the NIH-NINDS in May 2016 and will provide 75% salary and additional research support for 3 years for child neurologists who wish to pursue a research career and have completed their child neurology residency training less than 5 years from the date of application. Very qualified candidates who are farther out from training may also apply.  Child Neurologists wishing to apply for the award beginning July 1, 2017 should submit a non-binding letter of intent by August 15, 2016 stating his/her intent to apply, date of completion of clinical training, the name of the institution and mentor, and the title of the proposal. Candidates who submit letters of intent will receive an application form and instructions that are due no later than September 15, 2016. Send the letters of intent to: gonzalezj@kennedykrieger.org.

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The CNCDP-K12 is a new national NIH funded research training program for child neurologists that will take over the training mission of the Neuroscience Academic Development Award (NSADA), which is being phased out. The CNCDP-K12 program will be administratively based at  the Hugo Moser Research Institute at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, and will  train  a national  cohort of 30 trainees over 5 years of funding. Dr. Michael Johnston at Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins is the PI and Director of the program and Drs. Amy Brooks-Kayal (University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Colorado) and Barry Kosofsky (Weill-Cornell Medical College) will serve as Co-Directors. Dr. Erika Augustine (University of Rochester Medical Center) is the Diversity Officer. A distinguished National Advisory Committee (NAC) of child and adult neurology clinician-scientists, has been chosen to review applications, provide mentorship and select applications for funding (see column to the right). A major advantage of the program is that a pediatric neurologist from any neurology/child neurology program in the country can apply as long as there is an adequate scientific infrastructure and a team of talented mentors to support them.

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