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Congratulations 2019 Award Winners!

Last Updated:
October 01, 2019

Fred P. Sage Award
2019 Winner: Jan Willem Gorter, MD PhD FRCP(C)
"GMFCS Video from CanChild"

The Sage Award is given to the best multimedia submission presenting clinical, research, or educational material in a digital format. The Award named after Fred P. Sage, MD, past president (1981) and Chairman of the A/V Committee of the AACPDM. Dr. Sage envisioned the great potential of audio-visual use in the Academy. He advocated for ways to popularize this method of teaching, and this interest eventually lead to the Sage Audio-Visual Award for the best program submitted each year.

View the GMFCS Video from CanChild HERE.

Transformative Practice Award Grant
2019 Winner: Angela Shierk, MOT, OTR/L

The intent of the transformative practice grant is to facilitate the translation of evidence-based clinical management strategies into practice. Funding is available to support members to plan and implement specific intervention strategies that are supported by evidence. The award is based on the premise of ‘academic detailing’ whereby ‘experts’ who have been involved in the successful implementation of specific evidence-based management strategies within their facility support the host facility in the implementation of those strategies for changing clinical practice. Research suggests that academic detailing is an effective strategy for implementing changes in clinical practice.

MacKeith Press Promising Career Award
2019 Winner: Ellen Armstrong, MPthy
"Let's Ride a Bike! Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling and Adapted Cycling in Children with Cerebral Palsy”

This award is given to an Academy member within four years of completion of training.  The winner is selected based on the Awards Committee rating of presented work and is announced shortly after the Annual Meeting.  The award is supported by Mac Keith Press, publisher of the Academy's journal, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.

Best Scientific Poster
2019 Winner: Stephanie K. Lee, MS
"Atypical Populations of Muscle Satellite Cells Are Associated with Spastic Cerebral Palsy"

The highest-scoring Scientific Poster abstracts are reviewed in their final poster form by the Awards Committee. The Scientific Poster that scores the highest in the Awards Committee review is announced at a Saturday plenary session during the Annual Meeting.

Best Demonstration Poster
2019 Winner: Dennis Chen, OTR/L, BCP
"Transforming the Lives of Children with Cerebral Palsy using 3-Dimensional Printing and Occupational Therapy"

The Demonstration Poster receiving the most votes is announced at a Saturday plenary session during the Annual Meeting.

Gayle G. Arnold Award
2019 Winner: Regina Harbourne, PhD, PT
"Efficacy of the START-Play Program for Infants with Neuromotor Disorders: Cognitive Outcomes"

The Gayle G. Arnold Award is the most prestigious award of the Academy.  This award is named in honor of Dr. Arnold, a self-taught developmental pediatrician and President of the Academy (1989-90). The award is presented annually to the authors of the best scientific paper. 

Mentorship Award
2019 Winner: Garey Noritz, MD

The Mentorship Award recognizes an individual who is an active member of the AACPDM and has demonstrated outstanding leadership mentoring trainees and colleagues in the field of childhood-onset disabilities.  Particular focus is placed on the contribution and impact of the mentoring to improve services/care, promote professional education and/or promote research for children with disabilities.

Duncan Wyeth Award
2019 Winner: Kyle Pease

This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates outstanding participation in or promotion of sports and recreation and serves as a role model for people with disabilities. The award is named after Mr. Duncan Wyeth for his passion towards life and for encouraging people with disabilities of all ages to pursue interests and dreams based upon their abilities and not to be limited by their disability. Duncan is an active advocate in his local community as well as nationally and internationally. His enthusiasm for life, sports and recreation are contagious and inspirational to all.

Lifetime Achievement Award
2019 Winner: Barry S. Russman, MD

This award is presented to a special presidential guest lecturer, specifically selected by the First Vice President. The recipient of this award, during their lifetime, has made creative contributions of outstanding significance to the field of medicine and for the benefit of patients with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities.

Cathleen Lyle Murray Award
2019 Winner: Judith E. Heumann

Cathleen Lyle Murray had a severe form of cerebral palsy and her family established this award in her memory. The specific purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding individuals in non-medical professions on the basis of their impact on society through their humanitarian efforts to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities.

Corbett Ryan Pathways Pioneer Award
2019 Winner: Jason Benetti

This award is given to persons representing excellence while pursuing their interests, their dreams and a high quality of life who also happen to live with a personal physical challenge.