I am most pleased to welcome Dr. Amy Brooks-Kayal to the AUPN as the newly appointed Chair of Neurology at the UC Davis School of Medicine, effective October 1st. Dr. Brooks-Kayal is an internationally recognized clinician scientist in epilepsy. The translational research program she directs has been continuously funded by the NIH for over 20 years, and focuses on the identification of novel therapeutic approaches for the prevention and treatment of seizures, as well as the identification and prevention of the cognitive co-morbidities associated with epilepsy in children and adults.
In addition, she is a national leader in academic neurology, and has previously served as President of the American Epilepsy Society, a Director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), Chair of the NIH/NINDS Clinical Neuroplasticity and Neurotransmitters review panel, and a member of the NINDS Advisory Council, among other leadership roles. She also has a major commitment to education and mentoring in neurology and the neurosciences and is co-Director of the national NINDS K12 Child Neurology Career Development Program.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Brooks-Kayal and welcoming her to the AUPN.
Addressing racial and economic inequality, including inequality in healthcare (which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the most shocking and inhumane of all inequalities), continues to be a priority for the AUPN and other academic neurology and medical organizations. The American Neurological Association is presenting a series of weekly webinars throughout the summer, in concert with Johns Hopkins University, focused on issues of inequality and social justice (linked below). The American Medical Association has established a Health Care Equity page, listing numerous recent articles on this critical topic, and the American Academy of Neurology is also presenting a webinar panel discussion of systemic racism on July 17th (both also linked below).
Clifton L. Gooch, MD
Today’s Resource Links
ANA-JHU Social Justice Webinars: Summer Series
(Free, Registration Required. CME Available)
The American Neurological Association is presenting a series of weekly webinars throughout the summer, in concert with Johns Hopkins University, focused on issues of social justice in academic neurology. Topics include enhancing diversity and racial interactions in academic medicine, generational trauma and possible solutions, comprehensive community revitalization and the dynamics of race and ethnicity. https://myana.org/sites/default/files/docs/2020/social_justice_summer_series.pdf
American Medical Association: Health Care Equity
(Curated Resource Page)
The American Medical Association has established a Health Care Equity page, listing numerous recent articles and other resources on this critical topic, including a video series on how physicians can help create a more equitable system, AMA recommendations to congress on this topic, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically exposed the fault lines in care for the underprivileged in the United States.
AAN Webinar: Systemic Racism
(Registration Required; Dept. Chairs, Diversity Officers & Dept. Administrators only)
The American Academy of Neurology presents a panel discussion of systemic racism on July 17th, including discussions of the role of diversity officers in departments of neurology, and of the goals of the AAN Special Commission on Racism, Inequity, and Social Justice.