New director for the Center for Neuroscience Research joins staff in September 2020


Haydar thinks of translational investigate as a two-way stream of expertise from the bench to the bedside


February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON –Tarik F. Haydar, Ph.D., an award-winning neurobiologist whose investigate teases out how brain growth differs in folks with regular cognitive perform compared with folks with developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome, has been named incoming Director of the Middle for Neuroscience Research at Children’s Countrywide Medical center. Haydar, a professor in the department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston College School of Medication, will be a part of Children’s Countrywide on Sept. 1, 2020.

As Director of the Middle for Neuroscience Investigation, Haydar will oversee teams whose bench investigate informs clinical efforts to stop or treat neurological, developmental and behavioral problems that manifest in the course of childhood but generally have their origin within the womb.

“I am thrilled that our nationwide lookup determined Dr. Haydar as the leading applicant for this essential position,” suggests Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D., Chief Investigation Officer at Children’s Countrywide. “We have been amazed with his eyesight for our long run and motivated by his enthusiasm in fulfilling the assure of supplemental investigate collaborations as we open and build out the Children’s Countrywide Investigation & Innovation Campus,” Gallo adds.

“I’m definitely energized. It just about feels like destiny,” Haydar suggests. “Children’s Countrywide is where by I set up my first lab as a new assistant professor way back in 2002. It is like coming house. 1 of the matters I have been remembering and recommitting myself to is what translational investigate definitely suggests and the opportunity that a position like the Children’s Countrywide Investigation Institute (CNRI) permits: Being responsive to the clinical wants of patients and leveraging the electric power of CNRI and the Middle for Neuroscience Investigation to investigate the fundamental results in of neurodevelopmental problems and operating in direction of possible methods,” he suggests.

On possibly side of that translational do the job, Haydar thinks of “superheroes” operating collectively on vexing questions, this sort of as how Zika viral infection leads to an arrest in brain growth – greatest comprehended in the lab. And, the moment the mechanics are comprehended at a micro amount, collaborating on modern therapies and treatment plans to be employed in the clinic.

“We hear a great deal about ‘bench to bedside,’ which suggests essential investigate in the lab finally building its way into the clinic and staying utilized as drugs for folks,” he adds. “But it is also crucial to assistance that stream in the other route, to start off with wants or observations in the clinic and then have interaction essential investigate to give insights that advise an improved common of individual care.”

The timing of Haydar’s appointment permits him to be intimately concerned with the opening of the hospital’s new regional innovation hub. Children’s Countrywide Investigation & Innovation Campus is the first of its sort devoted to pediatric well being care innovation. It is scheduled to open in December 2020 and will be anchored by the Middle for Genetic Medication Research and the Rare Disorder Institute on a approximately twelve-acre part of the former Walter Reed Army Health care Middle campus.

In addition to its strategic mid-Atlantic area, the new campus is bodily close to federal investigate partners, particularly the Countrywide Institutes of Overall health, with whom Children’s Countrywide has fruitful investigate collaborations.

“I am seeking forward to staying in that atmosphere with our academic affiliate, the George Washington College, as perfectly as the College of Maryland and now, Virginia Tech, as investigate partners,” he suggests. “Having the new campus as the epicenter for these community-private investigate collaborations opens the possible to strengthen drugs for the gain of not only Children’s Countrywide patients but for all young ones.”

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