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 during the Scientific Sessions of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative.
2022 Recipient J. William Gaynor MD
Dr. Gaynor is a Professor of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and holds the Daniel M. Tabas Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He trained in general and cardiac surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He subsequently served as a Senior Registrar in cardiac surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street in London. Dr. Gaynor has a long interest in long-term outcomes assessment in children with congenital heart defects. His research efforts have focused on understanding neurodevelopmental outcomes and risk factors associated with adverse outcomes in this area. Particular interests include the role of genetic variation as a modifier of outcomes; and the impact of the maternal-fetal environment on brain development and neurobehavioral outcomes in children with congenital heart defects. He is co-PI of the Birth Defects Biorepository at CHOP.
Newburger-Bellinger Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Award nominations for 2023 will be accepted between March 5 and April 15.
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 page to other colleagues who may be interested. Membership in CNOC is not a factor.
Submit a letter of support that details the nominee’s significant contributions to Anjali Sadhwani PhD, CNOC Secretary. All letters of nomination will be reviewed by the Steering Committee, and all nominees notified in May. The selected award recipient will deliver a keynote address during CNOC’s 12th Annual Scientific Sessions.