Center for Neuroscience Research
Main Center Contacts
Director, Center for Neuroscience Researchthaydar@childrensnational.org 202-476-1733
William Davis Gaillard
Division Chief, Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, and Critical Care Neurologywgaillar@childrensnational.org 202-476-2120
Senior Research Center Managernadesida@childrensnational.org 202-476-2389
About the CenterWe Believe
The rapid advancement of knowledge, insights and approaches through research can only be achieved through the commitment, excellence and dedication of a diverse group of researchers from all backgrounds. As a result of centuries of institutional racism, sexism, discrimination, as well as underlying biases in the treatment of individuals from underrepresented groups in the sciences, scientific progress has been hindered. We know that integrating diverse viewpoints and scientific ideas and perspectives enrich our research community and enhances our ability to attract and retain the world’s best researchers and staff, as well as create a productive work environment where we can all thrive. We, therefore, commit to creating and fostering an inclusive work environment that will support training, career development, pay equality and equitable work space regardless of color, ethnicity, gender, religion, country of origin, disability or sexual orientation.
The Center for Neuroscience Research comprises an expanding group of highly productive lab-based developmental neuroscientists and clinical investigators who have established strong research programs and collaborations in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders. While these investigators have distinct expertise and research programs, their research as a whole is focused on childhood neurological disorders, from early stages of when the nervous system is first established, to postnatal stages that include the formation of neuronal connections and the wrapping of neuronal processes by the myelin insulation. The unique and exciting setting of the Center has supported and promoted a large number of research projects that span basic, translational and clinical research in neurodevelopmental disorders.
To understand the development of the central nervous system and the cellular, molecular, synaptic and network mechanisms of brain dysfunction to prevent or treat neurological, developmental and behavioral disorders of childhood.
Specification of Select Hypothalamic Circuits and Innate Behaviors by the Embryonic Patterning Gene, DbxI.
Center for Neuroscience researchers Katie Sokolowski, Joshua Corbin, et al. describe a recently published Neuron cover article about their groundbreaking results linking genetic embryonic patterning to the specification of hypothalamic circuitry and manifestation of stress-induced behaviors.
ADHD and Mood Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Brain Injury, Recovery and Protection
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Neonatal Neurocritical Care Research Program
Neurobehavior and Imaging in Children with Epilepsy
Neurofibromatosis and Neuro-Oncology
Perinatal Hypoxia and Hyperoxia
Spina Bifida and Neural Tube Defects
Urea Cycle Disorders Brain Imaging Group
White Matter Diseases
Catherine Bollard, M.D., M.B.Ch.B.
- Director, Center for Cancer & Immunology Research
- Bosworth Chair for Cancer Biology
Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D.
- Interim Chief Academic Officer, Children’s National Hospital
- Interim Director, Children’s National Research Institute
Nobuyuki Ishibashi, M.D.
- Foglia-Hills Professor of Pediatric Cardiac Research
- Director of Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory
Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D.
- Director, Center for Prenatal, Neonatal & Maternal Health Research
- Chief and Director, Developing Brain Institute
Michael S. Sidorov, Ph.D.
- Principal Investigator, Center for Neuroscience Research
Highlights from the center
Zika Genetics Consortium
The Zika Genetics Consortium is an international collaboration between investigators seeking to understand the differential effects of Zika exposure on fetal development.
View educational opportunities in neurology and neuroscience research.
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REI Week 2023April 17, 2023
What to expect at Research, Education & Innovation Week 2023April 10, 2023