The annual meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration, was held at Blythedale Children’s Hospital on Monday, December 2, 2019.

The SAB is made up of national and international leaders in the fields of neuroscience, clinical medicine, and pediatrics, in addition to Administrative leaders, Board Members, and Trustees of the Burke Neurological Institute (BNI) and Blythedale Children’s Hospital. This board meets once a year to formally evaluate the direction and scientific merit of the Research Collaboration, provide guidance on research direction, and make strategic planning suggestions.

The role of the scientific advisory board is to evaluate the direction and scientific merit of the Research Program, which ensures that research at Blythedale is relevant to the mission of the Blythedale Children’s Hospital, is accomplishing its goals, and is being conducted at the highest standards.

The four Collaboration research programs (Vision Recovery, Motor Recovery, Cognitive Recovery and Neurotechnology) were evaluated following presentations from their Directors (Glen Prusky, Ph.D., Kathleen Friel, Ph.D., Sudhin Shah, Ph.D., and Jeremy Hill, Ph.D., respectively). In addition, Edmund Hollis, Ph.D., Director of the Circuit Repair Laboratory at BNI, presented on the connection between basic research and clinical research.

The final presentation of the day was from Blythedale’s Will Watson, Ph.D., who discussed the system that Blythedale has developed for testing and tracking every child with a brain injury who is admitted to the Hospital. The feedback from the Board will be used to enhance the research program in the coming year.

Scientific Advisory Board Members:
Amy Bastian, PT, PhD, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Darryl De Vivo, MD, Columbia University
Adam Kirton, MD, MSc., University of Calgary
Barry Kosofsky, MD, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine
William Mobley, MD, PhD, UC, San Diego
Nicholas Schiff, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine
Jonathan Wolpaw, MD, Wadsworth Center

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