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Professor David Rowitch

Glial cells and response to injury


Laboratory Location:

Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Clifford Allbutt Building, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Departmental Affiliation:

Department of Paediatrics

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Professor David Rowitch is a neonatologist and neuroscientist whose laboratory investigates brain development and how this can be affected by injuries. He focuses on cells the “white matter” in brain that are essential for communication between brain centres and to control body movements. He has applied these principles to better understand white matter injury in premature infants and leukodystrophy. Rowitch lead the first human clinical trial of direct neural stem cell transplantation focused on the rare and fatal leukodystrophy, Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease (PMD). His work in the field of neurobiology has earned him numerous awards, including the Basil O’Connor Award, Harry Weaver Award, Kimmel Foundation Scholar Award, James S. McDonnell Foundation Research Award and Harrington Scholar-Innovator award. He was appointed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2008 and is currently a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator. In 2016 he became Professor and Head of Paediatrics in the University of Cambridge.

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