Brenda Banwell, MD, FAAN, currently serves as the chief of child neurology and professor of neurology and pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Banwell's clinical and research focus is in the area of pediatric multiple sclerosis, and she leads a 24-site North American prospective study of clinical outcomes, genetics, immunology, and neuroimaging features of MS in children. Banwell also serves as the research chair of the International Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Study Group. 

Banwell studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario, followed by residencies in pediatrics at the University of Western Ontario and Child Neurology at the University of Toronto. She then pursued a Neuromuscular Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Banwell was appointed as an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology at The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto in 1999, and rose to the rank of full professor at the University of Toronto prior to relocating to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2012. Banwell remains as adjunct senior scientist in the Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Banwell has been a member of the AAN since 1996, and has attended every Annual Meeting since joining the Academy. She served on the Science Committee from 2005 to 2011, and is an active member of the AAN Meeting Management Committee. Banwell was a selected attendee at the Leadership Development Program in 2007 and 2008, and has more recently served as a mentor in the Emerging Leaders Program of the AAN. She serves on the Brain Health Fair Committee and has been an active participant in Brain Health Fair activities annually.