Dr. Daniel Geschwind, University of California, UCLA Neurogenetics Program, Los Angeles, USA
Dr. Daniel Geschwind is the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Human Genetics and is a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is director of the Neurogenetics Program and the Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) and co-director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics at UCLA. Dr. Geschwind obtained an A.B. in psychology and chemistry at Dartmouth College and his M.D./Ph.D. at Yale School of Medicine prior to completing his internship, residency (Neurology), and postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1997.
His laboratory works to improve our understanding of human neuropsychiatric diseases, such as autism and neurodegenerative diseases. The lab’s approach relies heavily on systems level integration involving computational and bioinformatic methods in addition to wet laboratory experimentation. Dr. Geschwind has also put considerable effort into fostering large-scale collaborative patient resources for genetic research and data sharing. He is a strong advocate for data and biomaterial sharing, having provided scientific oversight for the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE).
He has sat on several scientific advisory boards, including the Faculty of 1000 Medicine, the Executive Committee of the American Neurological Association, the NIMH Council and the NIH Council of Councils. He received the Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association in 2004, the Scientific Service Award from Autism Speaks in 2007 and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
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