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Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Executive Committee

 The Packard Center's Scientific Executive Committee (SEC) was established to guide and shape the Packard Center's research portfolio to ensure that we embrace the most innovative and promising ALS research projects.   Our new SEC is comprised of four outstanding principal investigators from the field of ALS research.

Sami Barmada, MD, PhD
Angela Dobson Welch and Lyndon Welch Research Professor
Associate Professor, Neurology
Director, Michigan Brain Bank
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Chris Donnelly, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Aaron Gitler, PhD
Professor of Genetics
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Piera Pasinelli, PhD
Frances & Joseph Weinberg Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Neuroscience
Director, Jefferson Weinberg ALS Center
Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Scientific Advisory Board

The Packard Center's scientific advisors are internationally prominent scientists and clinicans with expertise in basic cell biology, neurodegeneration, clinical investigation and the workings of the biopharmaceutical industry. They set the Center's research agenda as well as approve all ALS research grants.

Lucie Bruijin, PhD
London, UK

Jinsy Andrews, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Neurology
Director of Neuromuscular Clinical Trials
Columbia, University
New York, NY

Lucie Bruijn
Therapeutic Area Lead
United Kingdom

Don W. Cleveland, PhD
Transgenic Models of ALS and Mechanisms of SOD1 Toxicity
Laboratory of Cell Biology
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
University of California in San Diego
San Diego, CA

John Dunlop, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Boston, MA

Jonathan Glass, MD
Professor of Neurology and Pathology
Director of the Emory ALS Center.
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA 

Lindsey Hayes, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Evangelos Kiskinis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology (Neuromuscular Disease) and Neuroscience
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Clotilde Lagier-Tournenne, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Associate in Neuroscience, Massachusetts General Hospital
Healey Family ALS Endowed Chair for Research
Boston, MA

Timothy Miller, MD, PhD
ALS Center Director, Miller Lab Director
David Clayson Professor of Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Len Petrucelli, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL

Magdalini Polymenidou, PhD
Professor of Biomedicine
University of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Laura Ranum, PhD
Kitzman Family Professor Of Molecular Genetics And Microbiology;
Director Center For NeuroGenetics
University of Florida College of Medicine
Jacksonville, FL

Rita Sattler, MSc, PhD
Professor of Translational Neuroscience
Barrow Neurological Institute
Phoenix, AZ

Sangram Sisodia, PhD
Protein Interactions, Alzheimer's Disease, Neurodegeneration
Departments of Neurobiology, Pharmacology & Cell Physiology
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Maurice Swanson, PhD
RNA-mediated Disease Mechanisms
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and the Genetics Institute
Associate Director, Center for NeuroGenetics
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Leslie Thompson, PhD
Donald Bren and Chancellor's Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Donald Bren and Chancellor's Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
Professor, Biological Chemistry
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Irvine, CA

Davide Trotti, PhD
Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Research Director, Weinberg Unit for ALS Research
Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Ludo Van Den Bosch, PhD
Group Leader
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research
Leuven, Belgium

Frank S. Walsh, PhD
Nervous System Development and Regeneration
CEO, Ossianix Inc.
Philadelphia, PA

Daniela Zarnescu, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tuscon, AZ

Our Experts

Johns Hopkins University
Neurologist Charlotte Sumner has a long history of studying neuromuscular disorders. In particular, she has focused her attention on caring for patients with inherited motor neuron and peripheral nerve disorders such as spinal muscular atrophy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Her work on the molecular pathogenesis of spinal muscular atrophy and the development of therapeutics may provide important clues for those with ALS.
Udai Pandey, PhD

Our Experts

Udai Pandey, PhD
Dr. Pandey's goal is to understand how the FUS/TLS gene promotes ALS in fruit flies, which may shed clearer light on both familial and sporadic ALS in patients.
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