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New Sackler Institute and Chair for Translational Neurodevelopment at King's College London
Date:7/25/2013

King's College London has received a transformative gift from the Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation to establish the Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler Chair in Translational Neurodevelopment and the Sackler Institute for Translational Neurodevelopment.

As a result of this gift we are delighted to announce that Professor Declan Murphy, Head of the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Science at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King's has been appointed the Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler Chair in Translational Neurodevelopment and will lead the new Institute.

The Sackler Institute for Translational Neurodevelopment aims to transform our understanding of how disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy and Down's syndrome develop over a lifespan, to improve diagnostic approaches and to develop innovative treatments for these disorders.

King's has an established reputation in neurodevelopmental research and the creation of the Sackler Institute for Translational Neurodevelopment will allow for greater collaboration between research teams across King's and drive the translation of findings into patient benefit.

Based at Institute of Psychiatry at King's the new Sackler Institute aims to:

  • Advance our understanding of the origin, biological mechanism and lifespan evolution of challenging neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Develop and evaluate novel diagnostic and treatment biomarkers to create individualised medicine
  • Discover and test novel psychopharmacologic, behavioural and bioengineering interventions
  • Pioneer genetic and cell therapies and offer state-of-the-art genetic counselling
  • Foster interdisciplinary research training of postdoctoral students and clinicians

Professor Sir Rick Trainor, Principal of King's College London says: "We are hugely honoured and grateful to the Sackler Foundation for this gift. Improving our understanding of neurological disor
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Contact: Seil Collins
seil.collins@kcl.ac.uk
44-207-848-5377
King's College London
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