Goodkin named Chair of UVA & Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Call for Papers & Switzer Prize Call for Nominations

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From the President of the AUPN

Howard P. Goodkin, MD, PhD, has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Neurology, effective January 1, 2019.

The Shure Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Dr. Goodkin is a nationally recognized clinician, educator and scientist.

He has served as Interim Chair of Neurology while the former chair, Dr. Karen Johnston, devoted her effort to our successful Clinical and Translational Science Award application. Dr. Johnston will continue as associate vice president of clinical and translational research at UVA and will be leading the local and cross state translational research programs. Dr. Goodkin will continue to focus on clinical optimization, maintaining strong educational and research programs, enhancing the diversity of the department, and supporting his faculty in academic success and leadership development.

Dr. Goodkin received a B.S.E and M.S.E in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.  He received his PhD from the highly-esteemed Medical Scientist Training program of Washington University in St. Louis.  His pediatric residency training was at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Neurology and Epilepsy training was performed at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Goodkin is highly regarded for excellence in the care of children with neurological disorders by his patients and their parents. Through his participation in national collaborations such as the pediatric Status Epilepticus Research Group (pSERG) and the pediatric Learning Healthcare System, he is working to improve clinical care of children with epilepsy. He has been consistently named to the Best Doctors list and received the Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence.

He is a beloved teacher and mentor. He has shaped the national curriculum for pediatric neurology and epilepsy fellowship training and is a member of our Academy of Distinguished Educators.

Dr. Goodkin’s research focuses on elucidating the basic mechanisms underlying status epilepticus and epilepsy associated with cortical malformations. In addition, he is teaming with investigators in the UVA School of Medicine, the Curry School of Education and Human Development, and at Virginia Tech in areas ranging from genetic epilepsies to sports concussion.

Dr. Goodkin is a fellow of the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society. He currently serves on the American Epilepsy Society’s board of directors and is that organization’s treasurer-elect. He is a former councilor for the Professors of Child Neurology. He has served as a charter member and chair of a NIH study section. He was a member of scientific advisory boards for Citizens United in Research in Epilepsy (CURE) and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.  He is an associate editor of the journal Epilepsy Research and the textbook Wyllie’s The Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practices. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of Annals of Neurology, the official journal of the American Neurological Association, and Pediatric Neurology. He previously served on the editorial board of Neurology, the official journal of American Academy of Neurology, and Epilepsia, the official journal of the International league Against Epilepsy.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Goodkin in his new role.

Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Call for Papers

Are you looking for somewhere to publish your original study, your experimental case report, or your comprehensive review? Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology is just the place for you--providing somewhere for you to publish your advances in the neurologic understanding of cognition and behavior as well as their disorders and possible treatment thereof. The journal welcomes contributions from neurology, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, and other relevant fields. Especially appreciated are review articles (including reviews of clinical practice), experimental and observational case reports, instructional articles for interested students and for professionals in other fields, and innovative articles that do not fit neatly into any category. Also welcome are therapeutic trials and other experimental and observational studies, brief reports, first-person accounts of neurologic conditions, position papers, hypotheses, opinion papers, commentary, historical perspectives, and book reviews. If you have interesting and important information on cognition and behavior to publish, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology is a great place to publish it. Information on how to submit your article is available at

The Switzer Prize 2019 Call for Nominations

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accepting nominations for the Switzer Prize. The Switzer Prize honors revolutionary discoveries in basic research in the biological and biomedical sciences and celebrates recent advances with the potential to inspire transformative breakthroughs in medicine. The prize is awarded to an individual investigator whose recent work has revealed new paradigms, illuminated biological processes or pathways, or explained the origins of pathologies or diseases. The recent work must show the potential for continued outstanding contributions to the field.

Nominations are open to national and international candidates from any institution. Nominations may be made by an individual or institutions, but self- nominations are prohibited.

The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2019.

For more information, please click here.


Chairs, please don't forget to pay your 2019 dues! Details regarding what your dues covers and information on how to renew can be found here.

AUPN/ANA Survey Reminder!

A joint AUPN/AAN Survey was sent to all departments of Neurology on Monday, 1/7/2019 to assess the financial health of Departments of Neurology. Please take the time to complete it! The information will help us track changes over time (Last survey was done slightly over 10 years ago) and hopefully better argue our value to our Deans and Health Care Systems.

The American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) 2019 Neurology Chair Summit will be held March 24-25, 2019 in Chicago, IL. The AAN will send specific details in early January. If you have questions regarding the AAN Chair Summit, please contact Susan Rodmyre, Senior Director, Education and Research at the AAN via email:

Robin Brey, MD
AUPN President 

The following organizations are seeking to fill the following leadership position

University of Pennsylvania: PAH Chair of Neurology

Rush University Medical Center: Chief of the Section of Neuromuscular Diseases




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