The Newburger-Bellinger Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Award was established in 2013 by the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative to honor Jane Newburger and David Bellinger, pioneers in research designed to understand and improve neurodevelopmental outcomes for children with heart disease. The award is presented annually at the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Symposium.
The fifth annual Newburger-Bellinger Award will be presented during the Sixth Annual Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Symposium, June 8-9, 2017 in Ann Arbor.
2017 Recipient – Kathleen A. Mussatto PhD RN, Nurse Scientist, Co-Director of Cardiac Research, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Dr. Mussatto is a scientist and Co-Director of Cardiac Research in the Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Dr. Mussatto is Co-Director and research PI for the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Program at CHW. Established in 2007, this program was the first of its kind in the nation. This work has documented longitudinal development in children with congenital heart disease (CHD) and factors which put children at higher risk for developmental delays. Dr. Mussatto is recognized as an international leader in this area and has been asked to educate others about the evaluation and management of neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with CHD.
Dr. Mussatto’s career path over the past 28 years includes transitions from bedside nurse to research coordinator to principal investigator. She has been engaged in clinical research with children and families with CHD for more than 15 years. Dr. Mussatto has extensive experience in the design, conduct, coordination, interpretation and dissemination of research findings in this population, and a strong record of extramural funding. Her program of research is focused on understanding and optimizing the psychosocial and functional outcomes of pediatric heart disease for affected individuals and their families.
2018 Newburger-Bellinger Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Award
NOMINATIONS ARE ACCEPTED between October 15 and November 15, 2017.
Criteria for nomination: A cardiologist, surgeon, anesthesiologist, neurologist, developmental pediatrician, geneticist, psychologist, nurse, PhD researcher, or other neurodevelopmental professional who has made significant contributions to clinical care, research knowledge, teaching or community advocacy leading to improvements in the neurodevelopmental outcomes of children with heart disease. Please forward this link to any other colleagues who may be interested. Membership in CNOC is not a factor.
Submit a letter of support that details the nominee’s significant contribution to Jennifer Butcher, Chair of the CNOC Membership and Communications Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. All letters of nomination will be reviewed by the Steering Committee. The selected award recipient will deliver a keynote address at the 2018 Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Symposium in Kansas City.