Bringing CNS Members Together to Make Children’s Lives Better


Nomination Deadline Extended: Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Dr. Martha Bridge Denckla pioneered the field of Developmental Cognitive Neurology. A master clinician and beloved mentor to physicians, neuropsychologists, and teachers, her research has revolutionized our understanding of autism, learning disabilities and ADHD, as well as the role of the motor system in disorders of cognitive development. The Child Neurology Society announces a prestigious new award in Dr. Denckla’s name to honor a physician-scientist (e.g., child neurologist, neurodevelopmental disabilities physician, or related pediatric sub-specialist) of national and/or international status. Nominees should be conducting ongoing human-subjects research with relevance to children with neurological disorders, especially neurodevelopmental disabilities, using cognitive/behavioral/psychological, cognitive neuroscientific, epidemiological, clinical, and/or related approaches. Eligibility is not limited to CNS members.

Nominations for the 2023 Martha Bridge Denckla Award should be submitted on or before September 20, 2022 (Note: Extension – we are extending the nomination period until November 15, 2022). Nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee in November/December 2022. The awardee will give a 25-minute presentation at the 52nd CNS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC (October 4-7, 2023) following a 5-minute introduction by a colleague of her/his choosing. The awardee will receive a modest honorarium, waived meeting registration, and travel/hotel reimbursement.

Eligibility Criteria

The nominee is a physician-scientist who is a child neurologist or NDD specialist (or related sub-specialist) of national and/or international status who is performing leading research in cognitive neuroscience or related investigation in human subjects with relevance to children with neurological disorders, especially neurodevelopmental disabilities, either genetic or acquired.


  1. Submit an electronic nomination online
    1. Be prepared to enter nominee’s complete contact information
  2. Merge the following documents into a single pdf file (no .doc or .docx formats):
    1. Letter of Nomination. The letter should include a statement of the nominee’s eligibility for this award, as outlined above.
    2. A recent copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.
    3. Optional – Up to 3 additional letters of support or a single letter of support signed by multiple supporters.
  3. Online nominations must be entered and saved on the CNS website on or before November 15, 2022.

For Questions Contact:
Monique Terrell, Executive Director/CEO