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Meet our team of advisors who lend their invaluable expertise and knowledge directly to our research and development process.
Dr. Butler is a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director, Division of Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Kansas Medical Center. His research interests include the genetics of obesity with emphasis on Prader-Willi syndrome and obesity-related disorders, autism, psychiatric and behavioral genetics, genotype-phenotype correlations and the natural history and delineation of rare and uncommon clinical genetics syndromes. He has conducted research on Prader-Willi, Angelman and Fragile X syndromes, the genetics of autism and obesity and delineation of genetic disorders.
He is board-certified in Clinical Genetics and Clinical Cytogenetics and became a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) in 1993. He is Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA) and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He has published over 400 research articles, multiple book chapters and edited several journal issues and two textbooks.
Dr. Driscoll is a Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Genetics, and John T. and Winifred M. Hayward Professor of Genetics Research in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Metabolism at University of Florida, College of Medicine. His research interests are focused in three interrelated areas that combine his clinical and basic science expertise; Genomic imprinting/Epigenetics; Prader-Willi syndrome; and Early-onset morbid obesity. His laboratory was the first to propose and demonstrate a whole new class of mutations now called imprinting defects. This type of mutation has since been found in several other diseases and cancers. He developed systems for the rapid diagnosis of Prader-Willi syndrome and several other imprinted disorders.
Dr. Driscoll is board-certified in Medical Genetics (Clinical, Molecular and Cytogenetics) and Pediatrics. He is the Chairperson of the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board of the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization (IPWSO). Dr. Driscoll is also the Chairperson of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA).
Dr. Dykens is a Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. She is an Annette Schaffer Eskind Professor and Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development, and Co-Director for the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Her research examines psychopathology and areas of strength in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, especially those with genetic syndromes. Her studies focus on the development and correlates of psychopathology and behavioral problems in Prader-Willi syndrome, Williams syndrome, and Down syndrome. She also examines profiles of neurocognitive and adaptive strengths and weaknesses in these disorders, and how these unusual profiles refine treatment and shed light on normal development.
Dr. Dykens serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA). She serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International. She has authored more than 220 publications, including 3 books.
Dr. Stevenson, a pro bono advisor, is the Harold K. Faber Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Charles B. and Ann L. Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services, and the Former Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Stanford University School of Medicine. He serves as Director of an NIH-Funded Training Program in Developmental and Neonatal Biology, Co-Director of Stanford’s CTSA (Spectrum) and Leader of Child Health (Spectrum Child Health), and Principal Investigator of the March of Dimes Center for Prematurity Research, a transdisciplinary research effort with the objective of reducing the preterm birth rate. Dr. Stevenson was the recipient of the Virginia Apgar Award, the highest award in Perinatal Pediatrics in 2006. He served as President of the American Pediatric Society for 2005 to 2006. Most recently, he received the Maureen Andrew Mentor Award from the Society of Pediatric Research, and the Jonas Salk Award for Leadership in Prematurity Prevention from the March of Dimes Foundation. Dr. Stevenson was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Vinod (Vinny) K. Bhutani, MD, a pro bono advisor, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, and is also a Faculty member in the Stanford-India Biodesign Program. He serves as an elected member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, and is an appointed member to the AAP Committee of Fetus and Newborn and the Subcommittee on Hyperbilirubinemia. As an elected member of the American Pediatrics Society, Dr. Bhutani Co-chairs the Audrey K. Brown Kernicterus Symposium, and coordinates the Bilirubin Club at the Pediatric Academic Society annual meetings. He serves on the Board of California Association of Neonatologists, and chairs the California Committee of Fetus and Newborn. Through the Programme for Global Paediatric Research, Dr. Bhutani launched the Global Prevention of Kernicterus Network, serving as its Medical Director. His global health-societal research and community service interests include prevention of jaundice-related newborn brain damage and ventilation-induced respiratory injury through systems-approach, biotechnologies, biodesign of affordable medical devices, and chemoprevention, as well as development of affordable, sustainable, high quality strategies and policies to reduce infant mortality and morbidities.
Dr. Christensen, a pro bono advisor, is the Director of Neonatal Research at Intermountain Healthcare and Director of the Intermountain Healthcare Clinical Neonatology Program for the northern region, where the majority of his research work is focused on observational and interventional clinical studies of neonatal clinical hematology and transfusion medicine. Dr. Christensen held positions including Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, the University of Florida College of Medicine, and the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and was Physician-in-Chief at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been a member of the NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and National Foundation March of Dimes, was on the executive committee of Thrasher Research Fund, and was sub-committee chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has authored over 300 publications.
Professor, College of Medicine Internal Medicine, College of Medicine Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine at University of South Florida; Member of the American Thoracic Society, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation; Fellow of the American College of Physicians and both the American College and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Past-President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2007-2008), and currently the Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Immunology, Royal Free & University College London School of Medicine; Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; President of British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2009-12), Secretary (2007-2009); President of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Section of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (2001-2003); Member of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.