...help find and fund new ones

In 2004 the Child Neurology Society renamed its Young Investigator Award in honor of Philip R. Dodge. Phil was very proud of the honor, humbly recognizing that in honoring him the Society hoped thereby to recommend to and recognize in future generations of child neurologists a set of fundamental values and practices, qualities of character, and habits of mind expressed through solidly grounded and applied research that would benefit all child neurologists and the patients and families they serve. Phil dedicated himself selflessly to his patients and to his trainees. He spent hours with both doing what he could to understand the neurological conditions that brought everyone together with a common purpose. He used all of his clinical talents to treat the children and to comfort the families while understanding our professional limitations and the need for new knowledge. To this extent he was a natural physician-scientist. He knew that the field must advance if we were ever going to do a better job as child neurologists.

For this to happen he believed deeply that the physician-in-training must become familiar with the science as well as the art of medicine. He encouraged his earliest trainees to move back and forth from the bedside to the bench long before there were federal and non-federal training grants to support clinical neuroscience and before such terms as translational neuroscience became commonplace. Now, in a time of tightening budgets and diminishing research support, it is our responsibility as a Society to guarantee this legacy in perpetuity by endowing the Dodge Award. Following Phil’s death in 2009, the CNS enthusiastically committed itself to this task, setting a goal of raising $1,000,000 for the endowment fund. Five years later, thanks to the contributions of 350 CNS members and a handful of large institutional contributors noted below, the goal has been reached and the Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award has been fully endowed.

  • Many members of the Dodge Endowment Fund Steering Committee chaired by Darryl De Vivo, MD generously contributed $5,000 and more. 
  • Past CNS President, Peter Berman, MD made a $10,000 stock transfer donation in 2013, a creative and multiply rewarding contribution tool others may wish to emulate. 
  • Boston Children's Hospital Department of Neurology and Texas Children's Hospital each contributed $50,000.
  • Non-CNS members contributed generously, notably Dr. William Danforth, a colleague of Dr. Dodge and past Chancellor of the Medical School at Washington University.
  • Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. provided full $25,000 support for the award annually, beginning in 2009, thereby relieving the CNS of the need to draw on the endowment while trying to grow it.
  • The Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF) donated $50,000 in 2010, 2011 and 2012, then doubled its total contributions with the $100,000 challenge grant in 2014 (the actual check written to bring the fund up to the $1 million mark was over $170,000).
  • In February 2014, Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Mallinckrodt) bundled the remaining years of its commitment to support the award annually and made a $150,000 lump sum grant, a dramatic and decisive move that subsequently persuaded the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF) to issue a challenge grant to CNS members that would guarantee reaching the $1 million full endowment milestone this year if members contribute $100,000 between November 2013 (end of the last CNS Annual Meeting) and October 2014 when the 43rd Annual CNS Meeting opens in Columbus, OH. 

The Dodge Award embodies the basic educational principles espoused by Phil from the beginning. Our roles as treating physicians will remain incomplete until we can effectively relieve our patients of the burden of their neurological diseases. The path forward to achieve this success is through the laboratory. Phil knew this instinctively from the very beginning. Thanks to all who contributed these past five years. Your commitment to the future--to those who will follow in your steps and to the children and families who will benefit--is what makes the field of child neurology and this Society of child neurologists so remarkable.


To view a list of previous recipients click here.


LIST OF 'CHARTER' CONTRIBUTORS (Original $1 million endowment goal)

Anonymous contributions, checks, and stock transfers will always be welcome and may be arranged by contacting:

Sue Hussman, Associate Director
Child Neurology Society National Office
1000 West County Road E, Suite 290
Saint Paul, MN 55126
Tel: 651-486-9447
Fax: 651-486-9436

E-mail: nationaloffice@childneurologysociety.org; schussman@childneurologysociety.org