NICHD, NIH For many young investigators of rare diseases, having the opportunities to present the research and to discuss in-person ideas for partnerships with other researchers, families and organizations are crucial. This encourages continued commitment and collaboration towards common goals. I experienced this from having attended the 2018 International NCL conference in London and the 2018 BDSRA meeting in Nashville. You have made my attendance at the 2018 NCL conference possible through the BDSRA Emerging Researcher Travel Award. It is a humbling reminder for me that with all the challenges NCL families face daily, you have made a dedication to supporting others. Thank you. Best wishes as we continue to work together towards a better understanding of these diseases. Shannon Dean, MD PhD
University of Rochester School of Medicine The opportunity to attend the meeting allowed Dr. Dean to discuss future potential collaborations between the University of Rochester Batten Disease Center and other groups.