Upcoming Podcast, ABPN and Rare Disease Network Grants & More…


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As you know, we launched our first ever podcast in May in partnership with the ANA, but the first AUPN stand-alone podcast is now scheduled for production and should drop in August.  The AUPN podcast series will be focused on topics of particular interest to Chairs and other leaders in academic neurology. 

Many of you have considered (or someday will be considering) whether you should become a Dean, but this is not a decision to be made lightly.  Our upcoming podcast is entitled: So you want to be a Dean: Pros, Cons, Joys and Tribulations and will feature Dr. Charles Lockwood, a two time department Chair (Yale and NYU), and a two time Dean, first at Ohio State, and now at the USF Morsani College of Medicine.  We look forward to a lively discussion of what it means to your life and career to be a Dean of Medicine.

Board certification and maintenance are complex, very important and, in our modern era, sometimes controversial topics.  The AUPN has always maintained good lines of communication with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and the ABPN has, throughout its history, regularly sought the opinion of the Chairs of Neurology through the AUPN on its requirements and programs.  What you may not know is that the ABPN also offers grants to support faculty training in residency education and lifelong learning (the ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Award) and also to support research projects on assessing the competency of neurologists via initial and continuing certification programs (the ABPN Research Award).  Further info on these programs is linked below.

Another focus of the AUPN is to enhance collaboration with organizations which promote both basic and clinical neuroscience research. The Rare Disease Clinical Research Network (RDCRN), promotes research into a wide range of rare diseases across all of medicine, many of which are primarily neurological disorders (including MG, ALS, blepharospasm and a wide range of mitochondrial and metabolic disorders, among others). The RDCRN is supported by multiple NIH Institutes and lead by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Office of Rare Disease Research (ORD).  One example of grant opportunities in this program is the Myasthenia Gravis Rare Disease Network, which provides grants in: Clinical Research in MG, and the MGNet Scholar Program for Young Investigators, and application information is linked below. 

If you have not already done so, remember to register for virtual AUPN Fall Meeting. Details and links are below.

Clifton L. Gooch, MD
AUPN President


Today’s Resource Links

Registration: AUPN & ANA Fall Meetings & Career Fair
Register for the AUPN Meeting at AUPN Meeting Registration, and for the ANA meeting at 2020.myana.org.  AUPN registration is a member benefit at no extra charge and ANA Meeting registration is free for ANA members this year (join the ANA at ANA Membership).  ANA-AUPN Career Fair registration (fee) is at https://2020.myana.org/program/sessions/ana-aupn-career-fair

ABPN Awards & Grants
The ABPN offers grants to support training in residency & fellowship education and lifelong learning (the ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Award; 1-2 years, $50,000 to $100,000), and also to support research projects focused on assessing the competency of neurologists via initial and continuing certification programs (the ABPN Research Award; 1-2 years, $50,000 to $100,000).  Further information at https://www.abpn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Applications-Now-Available-for-ABPN-2021-22-Faculty-Innovation-in-Education-Awards-and-2021-22-Research-Awards.pdf

MGNet RDCRN Clinical Research and Training Grants
The Myasthenia Gravis Rare Disease Network which provides grants in: Clinical Research in MG ($75,000), and the MGNet Scholar Program for Young Investigators ($78,000/year, renewable) at https://www.rarediseasesnetwork.org/mgnet

American Brain Coalition Webinar:  Preserving Mental Health During COVID 19
The ABC and partners present this timely and important webinar.  Registration (free) at  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PzzkYLSrQdum5Soq8wPAqg

ANA-JHU Social Justice Webinars: Summer Series (Ongoing)
(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

 
     
 
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