American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology
P.O. Box 25909 Eugene, Oregon 97402
Phone: 630-574-0220 ♦ Fax: 630-574-0661

April 12, 2017

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It has been such a pleasure and an honor to serve as your President this past year. Your ASPNR committee members have worked hard to grow the society, create more opportunities for involvement, and extend its outreach. We have increased our membership and strengthened our inter-societal collaborations. It is an exciting time to be a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology!

1st Annual ASPNR Scientific Meeting

We are excited to announce the ASPNR’s first independent scientific meeting! The meeting will include a robust educational program and scientific sessions where pediatric neuroimaging research can be shared. Our target audience will include general neuroradiologists, pediatric neuroradiologists, pediatric radiologists, researchers, physicists, technologists, and other professionals interested in the field of pediatric neuroradiology. The ASPNR meeting is slated to take place in the fall of 2018; the exact date, location and venue will be announced and posted on the ASPNR website soon (

ASPNR Gold Medal Award

The recipient of the 2017 ASPNR Gold Medal Award is Dr. Tina Young-Poussaint from Boston Children’s Hospital. Congratulations to Dr. Young-Poussaint for this well-deserved recognition! She is an outstanding academician, neuroradiologist, woman, leader, and mentor. Please join us on Wednesday May 23rd, 12:30pm, at the ASPNR business meeting held during the ASNR meeting in Long Beach, to congratulate and celebrate Tina for her significant contributions to our field.

Pediatric Neuroradiology Research Award

I am delighted to announce that there were many worthy research proposals submitted this year. The recipient of the 2017 ASPNR Research Award is Dr. Kristen Yeom from Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University for her proposal on “Radiogenomic Approaches to Non-Invasive Molecular Subtyping of Pediatric Posterior Fossa Ependymomas”. Congratulations to Dr. Yeom!

I would like to ask the ASPNR community to please consider giving a tax deductible donation to the ASPNR Research Fund now! You can easily donate on the ASPNR website in any amount that is right for you. You can contact Kristine Kulpaka, Tel. 630-574-0220 ext. 234 or Patricia Bingham, Tel. 630-574-0220 ext. 222 for assistance. Your support of pediatric neuroradiology research will be recognized on the ASPNR website and at the ASPNR business meeting held during the ASNR meeting in Long Beach on Wednesday May 23rd, 12:30pm. Important research projects that further our understanding of pediatric CNS disease need your financial support. Any amount is welcome!

New ASPNR Website

If you haven’t visited our new ASPNR website yet, visit it now at!  The website committee has worked hard to make the site current, functional, and beautiful. You can renew your ASPNR membership, get information on the upcoming 1st Annual ASPNR Scientific meeting, explore pediatric neuroradiology fellowship programs, look at job postings in our field, and view interesting cases.  Important announcements will be posted in the “In the News” section, so visit the website frequently!

ASPNR on Social Media

ASPNR is having great success on social media! Follow us on Twitter @The_ASPNR and join ASPNR on Facebook and Instagram. A big thank you to all of our tweeters, re-tweeters and especially to those of you that post material.

In-progress Pediatric Neuroradiology Videoconference

This is an exciting new endeavor that ASPNR is embarking on. A monthly videoconference is being developed where challenging and interesting pediatric neuroradiology cases will be presented and discussed live online. Instructions on how to sign up and participate will be sent to all ASPNR members. The edited version of the videoconference will be made available on the ASPNR website ( Stay tuned for this!

Pediatric Neuroradiology Publications

The ASPNR Publication Committee has been successful in soliciting high quality pediatric neuroradiology papers for publication. Outstanding pediatric neuroradiology scientific exhibits will be invited to submit to Neurographics. If you are interested in participating as a guest editor for a pediatric neuroradiology topic in AJNR’s News Digest, please contact managing editor Karen Halm at If you would like to volunteer as a reviewer for the pediatric neuroradiology section of AJNR, please contact senior editor Dr. Thierry Huisman at

Get recognized for your Interesting Cases!

We all know that there is no shortage of brain stumping interesting neuroradiology cases to go around. The ASPNR Interesting Case Committee can help your interesting case reach the broader neuroradiology and pediatric radiology community.  Submitted cases will undergo a review by the committee panel and those selected will be posted on the ASPNR website and/or shown during the Interesting Case Session of ASNR. You and your institution will be credited for the case if selected.  Please submit your interesting cases to committee chair Dr. Larry Eckel ( for consideration. Cases that aren’t selected for this year will be considered for the following year with your approval.

ASPNR Programming at the 55th Annual ASNR Meeting

I hope to see everyone at the upcoming ASNR meeting at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center! ASPNR programming this year includes:

  • Symposium session – What’s New in Pediatric Neuroimaging, Saturday April 22, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Meeting session – Making the Call: Abusive CNS Trauma, Wednesday April 26, 9:00-10:30am (with extended Q & A session)
  • Meeting session – Pediatric Neuroradiology Interesting Case Session, Wednesday April 26, 5:00-6:30pm (includes interesting case unknowns, and trivia). The 3 audience members with the most correct answers as recorded on the AR system will receive a certificate along with a monetary award of $200 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd The winners will be identified live at the end of the session and will be posted on the ASPNR website (
  • Meeting session – The Present and Future of Pediatric Brain Tumor Neuroimaging, Thursday April 27, 9:00-10:30am
  • Meeting session – Current Concepts in Inflammatory and Infectious CNS Disorders of Childhood (SAM), Thursday April 27, 1:30-3:00pm


Please continue to volunteer for committees, support the ASPNR, and encourage others to join. It has truly been a rewarding year for me to serve as President of this great society. I’ll be passing the baton to our next ASPNR President, Dr. Ashok Panigrahy!


All the best,

Susan Palasis, M.D.
ASPNR President and Executive Committee Chair