Bringing CNS Members Together to Make Children’s Lives Better


Organizations Sharing Interests and Objectives with the CNS

The 2300-member Child Neurology Society is but a small part of a larger community of scientists and physicians devoted to the study of the human brain. Our strength as a subspecialty and our success as individuals devoted to the field of child neurology and the best interests of our patients depends upon our continued partnership in and involvement with other pediatric and neurological organizations. Toward that end, this section will serve as a direct portal to those organizations whose ongoing mission in many ways matches our own, for which reason we encourage you to keep abreast of their ongoing activities.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) describes itself as “the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders. 

The AACAP was established in 1953. It is a membership based organization, composed of over 6,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.

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American Academy of Neurology

Established in 1948, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is an international professional association of more than 25,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with neurological disorders. It’s Annual Spring Meeting attracts more than 14,000 neurologists to a weeklong menu of symposia, seminars, and workshops. The AAN publishes Neurology (the “Green Journal”) as well a numerous other supplementary CME-related and news-oriented publications.

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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Founded in 1930, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) numbers approximately 57,000 members in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. More than 34,000 members are board-certified and called Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). 

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American Academy of Pediatrics – Neurology Section

The Section on Neurology, founded in 1977, is dedicated to improving the care of infants, children and adolescents by providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments related to neurologic problems in children. 
Membership in the section is open to Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics with at least one year of training in the neurosciences beyond the standard pediatric residency requirement; and Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics who are dual boarded by the ABP and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. There are currently 265 members in the Section.

Includes roster of officers and e-mail links to each. Current Section President is Doris Trauner, MD

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American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., is an independent, nonprofit organization that certifies doctors practicing psychiatry and neurology, as well as their subspecialties. Site contains much information of practical utility, including certification FAQ’s and dates, newsletter, links to other professional associations.

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American Epilepsy Society

The American Epilepsy Society promotes research and education for professionals dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of Epilepsy. Holds annual meeting in December. Publishes Epilepsia.

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American Neurological Association

Founded in 1875, the American Neurological Association is a professional society of academic neurologists and neuroscientists devoted to advancing the goals of academic neurology; to training and educating neurologists and other physicians in the neurologic sciences; and to expanding both our understanding of diseases of the nervous system and our ability to treat them.

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American Society of Neurorehabilitation

The rehabilitation and management of patients with chronic neurological disabilities became sufficiently specialized to warrant the establishment of a society dedicated to advancing clinical care and basic and clinical research in this growing field.

The American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR) was established in 1990 to meet those needs.

Professionals with an interest in the scientific basis of neural repair and neurorehabilitation or the management of the neurologic patient are invited to apply for membership in the Society. Active membership is open to all health care professionals and scientists interested in neurorehabilitation and in promoting the Society’s goals. 

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Association of Child Neurology Nurses (ACNN)

The ACNN is an international not-for-profit organization of nurses and allied health personnel caring for children with neurological conditions. ACNN members work in hospitals, private practices, clinics, research, pharmaceutical companies and various other venues. Members have associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. 

Membership is open to all nurses caring for children with neurological conditions. Associate membership is available to non-RN’s and allied health personnel caring for children with neurological conditions.  

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Association of University Professors of Neurology

The AUPN’s stated mission is “to support academic departments of Neurology in attracting, educating, and developing the talented cadre of physicians and physician-scientists needed to diagnose, understand and treat disorders of the nervous system.”

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Child Neurology Foundation

The Child Neurology Foundation’s mission is to be an advocate for children and adolescents with neurologic and developmental disorders through the advancement of child neurology. The CNF:
• Serves as an advocate for children and adolescents with neurologic and developmental disorders
• Funds neurologic research of young investigators
• Promotes awareness of career opportunities in Child Neurology
• Provides public and patient educational programs

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The European Paediatric Neurology Society (EPNS)

The European Paediatric Neurology Society (EPNS) is a society for physicians with a research or clinical interest in Paediatric Neurology. EPNS is a rapidly growing group of like-minded active professionals who are committed to improving standards of care of all children with suspected neurological problems and to collaborating on training, continuing medical education and research.

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International Child Neurology Association (ICNA)

As set out in the ICNA Constitution, the general purpose of the Association is:

1. To create a non profit association of child neurologists and members of allied professions from all parts of the world dedicated to promoting clinical and scientific research in the field of child neurology and encouraging the recognition of child neurologists competence and scope of practice.

2. To provide at an international level an outlet for interchange of scientific and professional opinions for the benefit and advancement of the neurological sciences in infancy and childhood.

3. To establish international scientific meetings, international co-operative studies, publications, translations, audio-visual material and to encourage international exchange of teachers and students in the field of child neurology.

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National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC)

NAEC is a non-profit association with a membership of more than 230 specialized epilepsy centers in the United States. NAEC published its first iteration of its Guidelines for Essential Services, Personnel, and Facilities in Specialized Epilepsy Centers in 1990. The Association continues its work to develop standards of care and promote their adoption by epilepsy centers through its accreditation program. NAEC pursues an active agenda, educating public and private insurers, policymakers, and government officials about the complexities of and need for patient access to specialized epilepsy services.

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Newborn Brain Society (NBS)

The Newborn Brain Society (NBS) is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance newborn brain care through international multidisciplinary collaboration, education, and innovation among clinicians, scientists, and parents. The organization was incorporated in August 2019 and welcomed its first members in January 2020.

The NBS has developed outstanding resources, including:

  • Weekly webinars available free to the public and archived online for members
  • Review publications covering important topics in Neonatal Neurology including a double issue on the management of neonatal encephalopathy in Seminars of Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
  • Resources for research and quality improvement projects

In 2022, the NBS assumed operations of the International Newborn Brain Conference, and will host the next conference in Clearwater, FL February 8-11, 2023. The NBS welcomes new members year-round. Membership is free for trainees!  

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United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS)

We are pleased to announce the unveiling of the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) Website at I request that you share this information with any interested groups within your organization.

Through the UCNS Website, Independent Boards (IBs) and Neurological Subspecialty Areas (NSAs) can begin the subspecialty accreditation and certification process by submitting membership applications. The website will allow online completion of many of the components of accreditation and certification.

The website includes information on membership requirements and accreditation policies and procedures. Recently adopted policies for the operation of approved NSA certification committees and the certification examination standards are also posted on the website. Users will be able to access other information such as the background on the formation of the organization, the UCNS mission, the UCNS Board of Directors, and members of the Accreditation Council. A Certification Council will be formed in the coming months.

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Society for Neuroscience

The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest non-profit professional association (30,000 members) of basic scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system. 

The Society’s primary goal is to promote the exchange of information among researchers. For this purpose, the Society publishes the scholarly journal The Journal of Neuroscience and holds an annual meeting each fall, attracting attendees from around the globe. The Society is also devoted to education about the latest advances in brain research and the need to make neuroscience research a funding priority. 

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