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Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño

Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño is an investigator at the  Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, and a professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Davis. The goal of Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño’s laboratory is to determine the etiology and the pathology of some forms of autism. In addition, she studies the role of stem cells in the development, evolution, and pathogenesis of the mammalian cerebral cortex. She studies the anatomy and pathology of autism and related conditions, in post-mortem brains and based on her findings she develops animal models for autism research. Animal model mimicking findings in human provide an excellent tool to generate and test new treatment for different kinds of autism.

Dr. Randi Hagerman

Randi Hagerman, M.D., FAAP, is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California Davis Medical Center and Director of the Fragile X Research and Treatment Center at the MIND Institute and holds an Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research. Dr. Hagerman is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician and has studied patients with fragile X syndrome (FXS), autism (ASD), and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She has carried out numerous targeted treatment studies in FXS and autism. She and her husband and team have published extensively regarding fragile X premutation disorders including the first description of FXTAS in 2001. She co-founded the National Fragile X Foundation in 1984 and has been involved in targeted treatments for fragile X syndrome, autism, and FXTAS for several years. Dr Hagerman has written over 400 peer-reviewed articles and several books on fragile X and autism.

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“El cerebro es un mundo que consta de numerosos continentes inexplorados y grandes extensiones de territorio desconocido”

– Santiago Ramón y Cajal

“The brain is a world consisting of a number of unexplored continents and great stretches of unknown territory”

– Santiago Ramón y Cajal


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