This week marks the launch of the new Child Neurology Society website. The launch will take place in stages--more along the lines of moving into a new house, unpacking boxes and setting up one room at a time than a single, big-event, mega-mall grand opening with ribbon-cutting ceremony, prizes in every store and and photo-ops with local celebrities.

The first sections to open will be include membership services (to facilitate membership renewal/annual dues payment) and the 'Job Board' listing staff and/or fellowship positions available. Members will soon be able to update their profile to enhance collaborative and referral communications with other members based on special interests. Over time, members will also be able to look up and download past CME records/certificates, maintenance of certification data (self assessment exams), and meeting presentation history (abstracts submitted/accepted, seminar presentations, etc).

Subsequent roll-outs will include, on January 15, the Annual Meeting programming section for submitting seminar and symposia proposals for the 2013 CNS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. The one-month submission period ends February 15, followed immediately by the two-month abstract submission period ending on April 15.

Other sections rolling out in the next few weeks will include archives, committee and special interest group pages (including the PCN), on-line CME courses, a video-based 'careers in child neurology' page with links to the NRMP and individual training programs, and a rebooted Case Studies section.

This is a work in progress. To draw on the opening metaphor of moving into a new home, we invite you to think of the CNS Website as being, in a sense, your 'home.' Its true value depends upon providing a true home for CNS members, a place where they can gather, give back and get the services and information required to support their collective mission to provide for the medical needs of present and future generations of children with neurological diseases and disorders. To do that well, we need your continued input. Creative, constructive criticism and advice is always welcome--especially in this first 'roll-out' month; e-mail us at nationaloffice@childneurogysociety.org.

Regards,

Roger Larson
Executive Director 

rblarson@childneurologysociety.org