Plenary Speaker

Pat Levitt, University of Southern California, USA

Pat Levitt

Pat Levitt, PhD is the Chief Scientific Officer, Vice President and Director of The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).  He is the Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics at CHLA, W.M. Keck Provost Professor of Neurogenetics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He received his BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago, PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Levitt has held leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University, the University of Southern California and CHLA. Dr. Levitt has served as a member of the US National Advisory Mental Health Council for the National Institute of Mental Health, a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee Report Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice and Policy, and on the editorial boards of ten scientific journals, including his current role as Editor-in Chief of Mind, Brain and Education. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, and serves as Co-Scientific Director of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, a policy council that assists policy makers, service providers and business leaders in making wise decisions regarding child brain and physical health program investments. Dr. Levitt has spoken to these groups in 42 states, Mexico and Canada.
Dr. Levitt has been funded continuous by the National Institutes of Health and numerous private foundations since 1982. His laboratory does both translational and clinical research. The program focuses on identifying the factors that assure healthy development of brain architecture that controls learning, emotional and social behavior. His clinical research studies address how toxic stress responses in infants and toddlers may be detected as early as possible in order to develop best practices for promoting resilience and better prevention and intervention. He also engages families in research who have a child with autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal disorders. He has published over 300 scientific papers.

 

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