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UT’S GOLDOWITZ AWARDED FOUR MILLION DOLLAR NIH GRANT
Tennessee (September 15, 2005) – Daniel Goldowitz,
PhD, the Methodist Hospitals Foundation Professor for Neuroscience at the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has just been awarded a
five-year grant totaling nearly $4 million by the National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development. He is the
principal investigator on the grant which will support researchers from UTHSC,
The research team will study the genes that are involved in the development of the cerebellum, a part of the brain that is critical to movement and has been implicated in autism, schizophrenia, and other important neurological disorders.
will be using cutting edge tools in molecular biology, bioinformatics, computer
science and three-dimensional visualization to understand the basic development
of one part of the most complex of human organs, the brain,” Dr. Goldowitz commented. A professor of anatomy and
neurobiology, Dr. Goldowitz also serves as director
of the UT Center of Excellence in Genomics and Bioinformatics. As center director, one of his key projects
has been to establish the Tennessee Mouse Genome Consortium, a collaboration of
experts and resources from across
“Autism is an increasingly prevalent disorder that manifests itself within the first two years of life. The cerebellum has been one of the regions of the brain found to be consistently affected in this disorder; and we are actively looking at ways to model autism so that we can test potential restorative or curative interventions,” Dr. Goldowitz noted.
Goldowitz holds a doctorate in psychobiology from the
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