VKC director elected to American Pediatric Society

Neul Membership in American Pediatric Society

By: Courtney Taylor

Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair, director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, and professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology, and Special Education has been elected to membership in the American Pediatric Society (APS).

Founded in 1888, the APS is dedicated to the advancement of child health through the promotion of pediatric research, and recognition of achievement and cultivation of excellence through advocacy, scholarship, education and leadership development.

“It was my pleasure to inform Dr. Neul that the Council and members of the APS formally elected him to Active membership,” said Christine A. Gleason, M.D., secretary/treasurer of the APS. “Membership in the APS is reserved for individuals residing in the United States or Canada who have distinguished themselves as child health leaders, teachers, scholars, policymakers, and/or clinicians and whose important contributions are recognized nationally or internationally.”

Neul is an internationally recognized expert in genetic neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that primarily affects girls and is characterized by loss of hand skills, loss of spoken language, and development of repetitive hand movements. He conducts clinical research and clinical trials on Rett syndrome, genetic research to identify other genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders, and translational research using disorder models to identify and test novel treatment modalities for these disorders.

Neul became director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in August 2017 and continues to lead the Center in addressing its mission of facilitating discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families.

“APS is one of the most prestigious pediatric societies in the world,” said Steven Webber, M.B.Ch.B., M.R.C.P., James C. Overall Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. “Membership follows a rigorous peer review process and is awarded based on contributions to the field of child health. We are delighted that Dr. Neul has been elected to membership of the society. An honor that is very richly deserved.”

Last Updated: 12/14/2018 2:13:15 PM

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