COVID-19 -- CNS Guidelines and Communications

Communications and Statements/Guidelines issued by the CNS related to COVID-19 Pandemic

The CNS is part of a multi-organization COVID Resource Steering Group through which other professional associations (including AAN, AES, CNF, EF, ILAE) are working together to make useful resources readily available to neurologists. In addition to the Ethics, Infantile Spasms and Telemedicine documents created and shared by the CNS, you may wish to link to, download and use the documents below posted by the Epilepsy Foundation (EF):

CNS COVID-19 Ethics

CNS COVID-19 Telemedicine Toolkit

CNS COVID-19 Managing Infantile Spasms

CNS COVID-19 Pediatric Neuro Exam via Telemedicine

CNS COVID-19: Guidance on Reopening Outpatient Pediatric Neurology Clinics


Organizations Sharing Interests and Objectives with the CNS

The 1300-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.

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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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 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 Academy of Neurology

Established in 1948, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is an international professional association of more than 18,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with neurological disorders. It's Annual Spring Meeting attracts more than 8,000 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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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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American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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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Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education--Neurology


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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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AAP -- 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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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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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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The Brain and Tissue Banks for Developmental Disorders

The Brain and Tissue Banks at Baltimore and at the University of Miami are established to advance the research of developmental disorders. The objective of this human tissue repository is to systematically collect, store, and distribute brain and other tissues for research dedicated to the improved understanding, care and treatment of individuals with developmental disorders. 

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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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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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ICNA -- International Child Neurology Association

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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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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Southern Pediatric Neurology Society

The Southern Pediatric Neurology Society (SPNS) is a non-profit organization that has been in existence for 31 years and has an annual meeting in New Orleans each March. Originally the annual meeting provided an opportunity for a small group of pediatric neurologists to meet in a casual atmosphere to present and discuss interesting patients. It has evolved over the years so that at this point the annual meeting provides a forum for junior members (medical students, residents, and emeritus members also presenting interesting cases).

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Simulconsult -- Medical Software

SimulConsult's medical decision support software allows doctors and other medical professionals to combine clinical and laboratory findings and get a "simultaneous consult" about diagnosis. Information about diseases from a large peer-reviewed community of experts is combined to suggest diagnoses and identify other findings that will be most useful in reaching a diagnosis.

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American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)

The mission of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. is to serve the public interest and the professions of psychiatry and neurology by promoting excellence in practice through certification and maintenance of certification processes.

Methods for achieving that goal include (but are not limited to) efforts to:
1. Describe, in terms of knowledge and skills, a physician with special expertise in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with psychiatric and/or neurologic disorders or who require psychiatric and/or neurologic assessment.
2. Set the standards for knowledge and skills required for certification.
3. Construct and administer examinations designed to evaluate required knowledge and skills.
4. Monitor, evaluate, and improve the standards and procedures of the certification process.
5. Participate in the appropriate Residency Review Committees of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to set standards for the quality and scope of residency training programs to ensure that their graduates will obtain necessary training credit toward certification.
6. Issue certificates and other forms of recognition to successful candidates.
7. Make lists available of diplomates who have fulfilled the requirements for certification.
8. Inform the public, other professions, and other medical organizations of the purposes, activities, and responsibilities of the Corporation.
9. Participate in the activities of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its member Boards.

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