Dear Colleagues and Friends:

It’s with great enthusiasm that I write the 2016 fall president’s letter to our ASPNR members. These are exciting times for our Society!  The ASPNR Committees are hard at work implementing changes targeted at growing the Society, raising awareness in regards to issues that relate to Pediatric Neuroradiology, and facilitating inter-societal collaboration. We have created new Ad Hoc and Standing Committees and have expanded the number of volunteers that can serve. This was done in the spirit of getting you, our valuable members, more actively involved in the activities of the Society.

Website Update

Perhaps the biggest project your Executive Committee has undertaken this year is the major facelift of the ASPNR website. Dr. Arastoo Vossough as Chair of the Website and Informatics Committee has led this endeavor along with Co-Chairs Drs. Michelle Silvera and Laura Hayes. The new layout will offer a more user-friendly experience with a new ASPNR logo to match. Below are some of the new website’s features:

  • Past ASNR Pediatric Neuroradiology Interesting Case Sessions
  • Monthly teaching cases of varying difficulty for those who want to learn more Pediatric Neuroradiology and challenge themselves
  • Links for Pediatric Neuroradiology Fellowship Programs and Job Openings
  • Relevant societal meeting information
  • ASPNR Blog
  • Membership Directory
  • Easy online membership renewal

The new website will be going live in the next couple of weeks. We hope you will be frequent visitors to www.aspnr.org!


One of the ways we are spreading the word about the ASPNR, and pediatric neuroradiology in general, is through social media. The ASPNR has a rapidly growing Facebook group where you can receive updates and see cases, so please consider joining! You can also follow us on Twitter at @The_ASPNR. Spread the word to your tech savvy fellows! Our outreach efforts are also being promoted abroad under International Outreach Committee chair Dr. Thierry Huisman.


Neurographics, with the assistance of Editor in Chief Dr. Char Branstetter, is publishing an annual Pediatric Neuroradiology focus issue of the journal each fall. Please consider submitting a paper! Submission details can be found at www.neurographics.org. Submissions for this special Pediatric Neuroradiology issue should also be brought to the attention of Publications Committee Chair, Dr. Ashok Panigrahy at panigrahya@upmc.edu.

ASPNR 2016-2017 Nominations

The Nominating Committee, chaired by Dr. Ashok Panigrahy, is seeking nominations of ASPNR Members in good standing for the 2017-2018 election for the offices of Treasurer and Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee. Please submit your nominations via e-mail to Kristine Kulpaka (kkulpaka@asnr.org). On the subject line of your e-mail, indicate ASPNR Nomination. The deadline is November 4, 2016.

ASPNR Gold Medal Award

We are seeking nominations from our membership for the 2017 Gold Medal Award. Please review the important Gold Medal Award Criteria enclosed with this mailing. Please send your nominations via e-mail to Kristine Kulpaka (kkulpaka@asnr.org). On the subject line of your e-mail indicate ASPNR Gold Medal. The deadline is November 4, 2016.

ASPNR Thirteenth Annual Award in Pediatric Neuroradiology Research

The Foundation of the ASNR supports and encourages the ASPNR to create endowments within the Foundation for education and research. A Call for Submissions was recently e-mailed to all ASPNR members.  Young investigators are strongly encouraged to apply. The 2017 stipend will be $15,500, with an additional $2,500 towards education, for a total of $17,500. Application materials are attached to this mailing. Eligible applicants are asked to submit a Letter of Intent via e-mail to Kristine Kulpaka (kkulpaka@asnr.org). On the subject line of your e-mail indicate ASPNR Letter of Intent. The deadline is November 4, 2016.

2016 Derek Harwood-Nash Award Recipient

The ASPNR is pleased to announce Dr. Paul Caruso from MGH as the winner of the 2016 Derek Harwood-Nash Award for his scientific abstract at the ASNR 54th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC entitled “The Effect of Early MRI in the Management of Children with Head Injury Requiring Admission to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. P Caruso, S Rincon, S Murphey, A Duhaime”. Congratulations on an excellent presentation!

ASPNR Meeting Activities

European Society of Neuroradiology 2016, Belgrade, Serbia

The ASPNR participated in the Pediatric Neuroradiology programming at ESNR this year. ASPNR representatives spoke on the topic of Inborn Errors of Metabolism. The joint ASPNR/ESNR session was well received with lots of positive feedback. Our European colleagues will in turn be participating in the ASPNR program at ASNR 2017. Next year’s ESNR meeting will be held in Malmö, Sweden, September 14-17, 2017. More details can be found at www.esnr.org.

2017 Annual Symposium of the American Society of Spine Radiology, at the Hyatt Regency, San Diego February 23-26

In collaboration with ASSR President Dr. Joshua A. Hirsch, the ASPNR will have a dedicated pediatric neuroradiology spine session. This is going to be a great meeting and ASPNR members can register at the ASSR member rate. Please visit www.theassr.org for more information.

ASNR 55th Annual Meeting & The Foundation of the ASNR Symposium 2017, Long Beach, CA

With the support of Dr. Jacqueline Bello, ASNR 2017 Program Chair/President-Elect, ASPNR programming for ASNR 2017 will include a symposium session on current imaging strategies and advances in pediatric neuroradiology, three scientific program sessions on abusive CNS trauma, future directions of pediatric brain tumor neuroimaging, and childhood encephalomyelitis, along with our popular “Pediatric Neuroradiology Interesting Case” session. Please send your interesting cases and neuroradiology focused trivia stump questions to Dr. Larry Eckel, Interesting Case Committee Chair, at eckel.laurence@mayo.edu. You and your institution will be acknowledged if your submission is selected.

11th Annual American Society of Functional Neuroradiology Meeting, Fall 2017

The ASPNR, in collaboration with ASFNR President Dr. Christopher G. Filippi, are working together to provide a pediatric functional neuroimaging session at the 2017 ASFNR meeting in the fall of 2017. Information on the exact date and location of this exciting meeting will be forthcoming on www.aspnr.org and www.asfnr.org.

Please encourage your Neuroradiology and Pediatric Radiology fellows and colleagues to become members of the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology! Your continued support and participation is vital and greatly appreciated.


Susan Palasis, M.D.

ASPNR President and Executive Committee Chair

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