External Advisory Committee
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
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,
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
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
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
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
Zoghbi, a former trainee during UAB IDDRC PI Dr. Percy’s
tenure at Baylor, is an internationally renowned scientist,
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
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