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20201 Annual Meeting

The 50th Golden Anniversary Meeting of the Child Neurology Society is scheduled to be held September 29-October 2, 2021 in Boston, MA. The meeting will feature the usual high level educational content with an overall emphasis this year on cultivating a richly nuanced appreciation of the profession’s development over time, ie, “Child Neurology: Past, Present and Future.” Several outstanding, cutting-edge symposia and seminar proposals were received from members during the open-submission period for members ending January 31. These, along with award lectures by Drs. Jerry Mendell (Sachs Award), Jonathan Mink (Hower Award), and the recipients yet to be determined for the newly created Martha Bridge Denckla Award and the Phillip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award, will offer informative, insightful and inspiring looks at the fast moving field at present and in the years ahead. A special Legacy Reception/Luncheon honoring past and present CNS officers as well as past and present recipients of the Roger & Mary Brumback Lifetime Achievement Award, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, and the Blue Bird Circle Training Director Award will be a highlight of the meeting, as will all of the alumna get-togethers staged throughout the week by individual training programs. Last, but certainly not least: the meeting will mark the long-awaited coordinated release of the revised edition of Founders of Child Neurology, edited by Dr. Stephen Ashwal. This is one meeting you will not want to miss, one we deeply hope will not be forced to an all-virtual platform by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Look for updates on evolving plans for the 50th/Golden Anniversary Meeting here on your new CNS website and Summer 2021 CNS Connections posted July 6. And check your email for regular eConnections updates on meeting content and delivery as we continue to move toward posting registration information in late June. (Be sure to check your spam folder and white-list nationaloffice@child if you are not receiving eConnections.)


2021 CNS Annual Meeting Brochure

2021 annual meeting brochure cover

On-line Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for the long awaited 50th Golden Anniversary Meeting of the Child Neurology Society in Boston. Registrants attending this milestone meeting live and in-person in Boston will want to register early (some sessions are limited and reservation-only). You will also want to book hotel rooms ASAP. A link and access code to the Sheraton Boston Hotel will be included in your registration confirmation email.

The same link will enable you to register to attend the meeting virtually, but without some of the time pressures involved with reserved sessions and hotel reservations.

  • NOTE 1: CNS National Office Staff and Registration Support are not available over the weekend. Emails and/or calls will be picked up beginning Monday.
  • NOTE 2: If you have not paid 2021 CNS Active Member dues, you will not have access to member rates. Your last chance to pay dues to qualify for member rates is August 20.


Worth noting: Without knowing how many will or will not travel to Boston in this second unsettled year of overwhelming uncertainties, the CNS did not and will not take on the additional risk of booking beyond its usual room block. Once the Sheraton fills, you will be on your own. There will be plenty of rooms available in Boston, just not at the meeting hotel.

Founders Book

Be sure to order your copy, as part of registration, of the 2nd edition of Child Neurology: It’s Origins, Founders, Growth and Evolution, edited by Stephen Ashwal, MD. There will be an opportunity following the Legacy Luncheon to have authors and subjects of profiles featured in the newly published book sign your copy. As described by Phil Pearl in his Summer 2021 Letter from the President, “The 1990 Founders featured profiles of 124 founders up to 1960; this edition has been expanded with fourteen new masterful topical overviews and an additional 137 new profiles crossing over into the new millennium.”

NOTE: Order book by August 13 to pick-up in Boston for signing. Books ordered as part of on-line meeting registration will be discounted 50% from cover price. Hard copy books ordered after August 13, or ordered before with instructions to send to home/office rather than for pick-up in Boston will be sent by publisher (Elsevier) after the meeting).

eBook format is also available.


Late Breaking Abstract Submission Portal Open: July 20 – August 1 (11:59 PST)

Authors with new study data or developments to report who were unable to submit abstracts by the April deadline are invited to submit abstracts July 20 – August 1.

Click for more information.

Pellock Resident Seminar on Epilepsy: PGY5 residents:

Watch for email week of July 12-16 with instructions for signing up to attend the Pellock Seminar in Boston or virtually.

Rosters of Abstracts Accepted for:


CNS Exhibitor Prospectus

Industry Sponsored Programming

Application Deadlines:
From July 2 to July 15: Option 1 & 2 (virtual)

Following up on the success of last year’s expanded set of options for Industry Sponsored Programming in conjunction with the joint CNS-ICNA meeting, we will offer a similar set of options for virtual programming this year in conjunction with the 50th/Golden Anniversary Meeting in Boston, September 29-October 2, 2021. Things are looking up in Boston, and we do plan to have a sizeable turnout for a F2F meeting at the Hynes Convention Center, enough, anyway, to offer limited opportunities for a live CME seminar or Product Theater in addition to more generous/flexible virtual options.  

Option 1: CME/Educational Seminar (Virtual only)
Option 2: Product Theater (Virtual only)

Roger Larson, CAE
Executive Director, CNS