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IDDRC External Advisory Committee

An External Scientific Advisory Committee provides advice about the IDDRC and its scientific activities. The members of the Scientific Advisory Committee represent diverse types of expertise, including knowledge and administrative experience related to establishing and administering interdisciplinary research centers, their knowledge about specialized areas of CNS development, mental retardation/neurodevelopmental disabilities, and/or behavioral development and psychosocial adjustment, and their familiarity with operating an IDDRC.

Members of the proposed IDDRC Scientific Advisory Committee are:

Scott Pomeroy, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology and IDDRC Core Director
Boston Children’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Scott Pomeroy is the current chair of Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital and an integral member of their IDDRC. He is highly regarded for his research on developmental mechanisms in brain, particularly on the molecular biology of embryonal brain tumors and their likely response to chemotherapy. Dr. Percy and Dr. Pomeroy have interacted on numerous occasions related to Child Neurology and at the IDDRC meetings.

Pat R. Levitt, Ph.D.
Director and Professor
John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development Pharmacology
Vanderbilt University

Dr. Levitt is the Director of the Kennedy/Vanderbilt IDDRC. He is an accomplished and highly regarded developmental molecular neurobiologist with expertise in virtually all of the biomedical research areas represented in the UAB IDDRC. His proximity to Birmingham allows easy visits to UAB.

Joe Piven, M.D.
University of North Carolina IDDRC
Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Piven is a foremost expert on autism spectrum disorders in children and has considerable experience in a variety of inter-disciplinary approaches to this and other cognitive disabilities, including functional imaging. Dr. Piven was the guest speaker in February, 2005 at the Alabama Autism Association annual meeting and returned to UAB in 2006 to provide advice on our burgeoning program in the autism spectrum disorders and present the 2006 Simpson-Ramsey lecture. IDDRC PI Dr. Percy and Dr. Piven have interacted previously at the IDDRC meetings. Dr. Piven will bring outstanding perspective from both an individual scientific view and as a Director of a prominent and successful IDDRC himself.

Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine IDDRC
Houston, TX

Dr. Zoghbi, a former trainee during UAB IDDRC PI Dr. Percy’s tenure at Baylor, is an internationally renowned scientist, holding professorships in pediatrics, neuroscience, and molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine where she directs their IDDRC. She is an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a member of the Institute of Medicine, the youngest Baylor recipient and the first woman from the College to be selected to the Institute. She has a comprehensive understanding of the basic and clinical aspects of disorders affecting the developing nervous system.

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