AUPN Spring Programming/NIH BRAIN Initiative




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From the President of the AUPN

Spring 2017 AUPN Meetings:
(In conjunction with the AAN)

Register for the 2017 AAN Annual Meeting

AUPN Neurology Clerkship Directors Workshop 2017
Practical Issues, Opposing Approaches 
Sunday, April 23, 2017
12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Westin Boston Waterfront
Room: Hancock
Fee: $70.00 (lunch provided)
Course Description: The 2017 Clerkship Directors workshop will have a point/counterpoint format. The workshop faculty will take strong opposing positions on various “controversies” related to practical aspects of clerkship structure. After the faculty members have presented their arguments (as forcefully as possible in 5 minutes or less) the workshop participants will discuss the topic in small groups. After 15 minutes, the small groups will report their conclusions. There will be 10 minutes of large group discussion and concluding comments before proceeding to the next topic of controversy.
TO REGISTERPlease click here to select 3 (three) topics you are most interested in discussing at the Clerkship Directors Workshop. You will then be directed to the registration page. 

*NEW* AUPN New Chair Luncheon
Sunday, April 23, 2017
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Westin Boston Waterfront
Room: Paine
Fee: None (lunch provided)
Course Description: New for 2017, the AUPN will hold a New Chairs Mentoring Lunch where senior mentor Chairs (3+ years experience) will meet with new Chairs (0-3 years experience) to advise and help with the transition into their new role. The focus of the lunch for 2017 will be a general discussion on understanding what the new Chairs believe would be of value to them, as well as answering any specific questions. At the beginning of the session, a demonstration of the AUPN Chair Google Group, which provides a way for Chairs to hold private, collaborative group discussions,
 will be given. After the session, senior Chairs will communicate mentoring support options to the junior Chairs based on their input.
Please RSVP your attendance 

AUPN Chairs Spring Session
Monday, April 24, 2017
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Westin Boston Waterfront
Room: Otis
Fee: None (lunch provided)
Course Description: The AUPN invites Chairs of Academic Neurology departments to attend a Chairs session held in conjunction with the AAN meeting in April featuring Dr. Jim Maraganore from Northshore who will speak about the Neurology Practice Based Research Network (NPBRN) and Dr. Bruce Sigsbee from the Axon Registry who will speak about Axon Registry and its implications for quality assurance and outcomes research. A panel discussion will follow the presentations. 

Following the presentation, there will be three 10 minute talks by Program Directors from large, small and child neurology programs who will discuss service education balance, a day in the life of a Program Director and Program Director turnover. 
Please RSVP your attendance
Chairs are welcome to invite one additional faculty person to attend. All attendees must RSVP.

2017 Annual Meeting Schedule:

NIH BRAIN Initiative

The NIH has recently announced 2 new BRAIN Initiative Requests for Applications (RFAs). 

  • RFA-MH-17-250 (F32): a funding opportunity for individual postdoctoral fellows early in their postdoctoral training. Individuals who are wrapping up their PhD training are strongly encouraged to apply.  Program point of contactNancy Desmond.
    • Formal training in quantitative perspectives and analytical tools is expected to be an integral part of the proposed research training plan. Applications are encouraged in any research area that is aligned with the BRAIN Initiative, including neuroethics.
    • In order to maximize the training potential of the F32 award, this program encourages applications from individuals who have not yet completed their terminal doctoral degree and who expect to do so within 12 months of the application due date. On the application due date, candidates may not have completed more than 6 months of postdoctoral training.
    • Applications are due March 15, 2017, with the earliest start date in September 2017. 
  • RFA-DA-17-022 (K18): an opportunity for independent investigators at any faculty rank or level to enhance their ability to significantly contribute to or lead projects that investigate questions central to the goals of the BRAIN Initiative. Program point of contact – Mimi Ghim.
    • The applicant must propose a mentored career enhancement plan that includes a collaborative research project in any high-priority research area identified by the BRAIN Initiative long-term scientific plan, including neuroethics.
    • Specific emphasis is on cross-training independent investigators in a substantively different area of neuroscience, neuroethics, or in a quantitative and physical discipline (e.g., physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, mathematics); and vice versa, cross-training independent investigators trained in a quantitative or physical discipline proposing to gain in-depth training in a high-priority area of neuroscience. 
    • Applications are due April 14, 2017, with the earliest start date in December 2017. 

Given that these are BRIAN Initiative RFAs, applications from the many scientific disciplines that are contributing to addressing the goals of the BRAIN Initiative are encouraged. These RFAs are not limited to applicants who are neuroscientists.

More information about the RFAs
More information about the BRAIN Initiative

Karen C. Johnston, MD, MSc
President AUPN

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The following organizations are seeking to fill the following leadership positions:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Chair of Neurology

Carilion Clinic: Chair of Neurology

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