The associate chief science officer at Kennedy Krieger Institute shared thoughts on the state of pediatric neurology and the significance of being named winner of the Sydney Carter Award. [WATCH TIME: 3 minutes]
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"To be the recipient of an award named for a person who did so much for the field, had leadership in so many organizations in neurology, including president of the American Academy of Neurology and president of the Board of Directors for the ABPN, it's an incredible honor."
The Presidential Plenary Session at the 2023 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting, held April 22-27, in Boston, Massachusetts, featured the AAN's premier lecture lecture awards for clinically relevant research and a presentation by AAN president Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, FAAN. Of them included the H. Houston Merritt Lecture, given by Ralph F. Jozefowicz, MD, FAAN, the Robert Wartenberg Lecture, given by Peter Goadsby, MD, PhD, FRS, and the Sidney Carter Award in Neurology, awarded to Erika Fullwood Augustine, MD, FAAN.
Augustine currently serves as the associate chief science officer at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and an associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University. Regarded highly as a clinician, scientist, mentor, and leader, Augustine's work has helped to elucidate the distinct characteristics of juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses, and explored novel ways to povide remote care for patients with rare disorders.
At the meeting, Augustine sat down to share her thoughts on the significance of receiving the award, including her initial reaction. Additionally, Augustine discussed the advances in pediatric neurology, the improvements in diagnosing neurologic conditions, and the introduction of gene therapies and genetic testing.