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President’s Letter

It was good to see so many of you at the AAN conference in Vancouver and to spend time with you at the Meet and Greet sponsored by the Society of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology. This year’s SBCN meeting format, which gave us more time for informal conversations, seems to have been well received by our members.  As we begin planning the 2017 SBCN meeting in Boston, we welcome your feedback.
We were joined at the 2016 SBCN Meet and Greet by ANPA President Jeremy Schmahmann. He is very interested in pursuing a closer relationship between ANPA  and SBCN, noting that there is “strength in numbers,” and SBCN and ANPA “have many shared interests and common goals.”  

The SBCN leadership is currently exploring how a partnership could benefit both of our organizations and how we could work most effectively together. (See related article below.)  We are also examining steps we must take in the near future if SBCN is to continue operating successfully as an independent organization. Please let us know your thoughts as we explore ways to keep SBCN relevant to our members and financially stable.

At both the AAN Behavioral Neurology Section meeting and the SBCN meeting. We discussed fellowship criteria. Currently, fellows are required to commit 80 percent of their time to clinical work. However, many of these fellows are trying to develop research skills and pursue careers as academicians. A motion was made to review the criteria required for accreditation.  Those members interested in participating in the review and drafting a document are welcome to contact me.  

We are in the midst of transitioning the executive director role from Sandra Bornstein to Nancy Grund, who works with Dr. Barry Gordon.  Barry has graciously offered to provide an administrative home for SBCN. As Sandy has been the heart and soul of the organization for decades and serves as our institutional memory, we are thrilled that Sandy will continue to provide consultative services to SBCN as needed. 

I encourage you to support SBCN by renewing your annual membership and by planning to join us in Boston in 2017. 

Branch Coslett

ANPA Invites Submission Ideas for Annual Meeting

Dear SBCN Colleagues, 

I was delighted to receive your enthusiastic response at the AAN meeting to my invitation to become more active in the American Neuropsychiatric Association. Together with Kalo Tanev, program committee chair, I invite you to submit ideas for symposia, topics, and speakers for the 28th Annual Meeting of ANPA to be held at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta March 8 through March 11, 2017.

Please contact Kalo, Kelly Coffey, ANPA administrative director, or me with thoughts and suggestions by June 10. We look forward to deepening and strengthening the interaction between SBCN and ANPA in the future. 
Jeremy D. Schmahmann, MD
President, American Neuropsychiatric Association
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Kalo Tanev, MD
ANPA Program Committee Chair
Kelly Coffey
ANPA Administrative Director