We are excited about our annual meeting this fall in Vancouver. The convention site in Vancouver is a wonderful, picturesque venue. The annual NDC program this year will be on the topic of Neurofribromatosis. Marc Patterson and the Scientific Selection Committee have put together an outstanding program that covers an eclectic and current range of topics from Epilepsy to Headaches to the Zika virus and even to the Humanities. Abstract submissions for this year’s meeting are at a record high. And the Child Neurology Foundation will be adding a Saturday afternoon program that emphasizes advocacy. We thank in advance all the speakers and attendees who will make this a most memorable CNS meeting.
For the annual meeting, we have given the option to Special Interest Groups to formalize their programs in advance, so that attendees may know the topics and agenda of the program beforehand, and that additional CME credit may be obtained. This allows us to further expand the range and depth of presentations at our meeting.
Four years from now, in 2020, there will be a combined Child Neurology Society/International Child Neurology Congress in San Diego. This will be a great opportunity to interact with our colleagues and exceptional speakers from around the globe. The International Child Neurology Association has over 2000 worldwide members, and holds it congresses every other year. For that 2020 meeting, we will have a merged meeting format, that features the best of both meetings over a four day period.
On a sad note, we mourn the passing of a very valued colleague, John (Jack) Pellock. He was an enthusiastic and skilled educator, clinician and researcher who devoted time, effort and resources to the Child Neurology Society and Child Neurology Foundation. We as a society, and as individuals, will greatly miss him. His legacy will live on in many ways, including the addition of a CNS training course named in his honor that will focus primarily on epilepsy. The course will be offered in conjunction with the annual meeting for third year chid neurology residents (PGY5) beginning this year.
Moving forward, I wish everyone a joyful summer. See you in beautiful Vancouver!
Kenneth J. Mack, MD, PhD
President, Child Neurology Society