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Prof. David Rowitch

Professor and Head, Department of Paediatrics; Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator, Wellcome Trust-MRC Stem Cell Institute

Prof David Rowitch

Bio: David Rowitch is a neonatologist and developmental neuroscientist. He is Professor and Head of Paediatrics at University of Cambridge and an Adjunct Professor at UCSF. He obtained his MD from UCLA and PhD degree from Cambridge University. Professor Rowitch is a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator whose laboratory investigates genetic factors that determine diversity of neural stem and glial cells of the brain during development and the response to injury. He has applied these principles to better understand white matter injury in premature infants, brain cancer, multiple sclerosis and leukodystrophy. As a practicing physician-scientist, his interest in precision medicine focuses on applications of genomic technologies to diagnose and better understand the biological basis and rational treatment of rare neurological disorders presenting in neonates and children. He is academic lead for Cambridge Children’s Hospital, researching origins of paediatric physical and mental conditions, preventive interventions and long term data capture in the UK National Health Service.

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