Bringing CNS Members Together to Make Children’s Lives Better


Reminder: Two CNS Webinars in January 2022

NINDS Strategies for Enhancing the Diversity of Neuroscience Researchers

Presented by: CNS Leadership, Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee (Rujuta Bhatt Wilson, MD; Chair)

When: January 19, 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern


Marguerite Matthews, PhD

Synopsis: Strategies for enhancing the diversity of the neuroscience workforce.

Speaker Bio: Marguerite Matthews, PhD is a scientific program manager in the Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). As a program manager, Dr. Matthews manages various NINDS diversity initiatives and programs that provide neuroscience research training and career development for underrepresented students and early career investigators. She also supports the NIH UNITE Initiative to address structural racism by serving on Committee I to improve the NIH culture and structure for equity, inclusion and excellence.

Prior to working at NINDS, Dr. Matthews was a 2016-2018 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health, supporting policy planning and implementation in the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce and the Division of Loan Repayment. Dr. Matthews is a proud alumna of Spelman College, where she received her BS in biochemistry. She earned a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). During her time as a postdoc, Dr. Matthews served as program director for the Youth Engaged in Science (YES!) outreach initiative and program director for the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research Program to recruit and retain postdoctoral researchers from underrepresented backgrounds.

Cerebral Palsy Management: Improving Our Exposure

Presented by: CNS Cerebral Palsy Special Interest Group (Bhooma Aravamuthan MD, DPhil; Young-Min Kim MD; Jenny Wilson, MD; Rose Gelineau-Morel, MD; Jennifer O’Malley, MD)

When: January 26, 5:00-6:30 pm Eastern


Synopsis: Neurologists and neuro-developmentalists play critical roles in early and accurate cerebral palsy diagnosis and feel compelled to take on roles as cerebral palsy diagnosticians. However, our comfort with and desired involvement in cerebral palsy management is less clear. Though training program directors largely feel that education on cerebral palsy management is important, they also feel their trainees are not as well trained in cerebral palsy management as they are in cerebral palsy diagnosis. In this Cerebral Palsy Special Interest Group Meeting, we will reprise our group-think approach that allowed us to define our role in cerebral palsy diagnosis (Neurology. 2020;95:962-72): applying the same approach, we will explore how we may improve our exposure as a field to key aspects of cerebral palsy management.