Dr.

Donna M. Ferriero

University of California San Francisco
Area
Biological Sciences
Specialty
Medical Sciences
Member Since
2013
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology. Leader in the field of child neurology and a driving force behind neonatal brain research nation-wide, and especially research in neonatal brain injury, a major source of morbidity throughout the world. Early work on the unique features of the neonatal brain response to injury led to large multicenter clinical trials that demonstrated a clinically significant effect of cooling on outcome for encephalopathic neonates and set a new standard in pediatric clinical neuroscience. Using MR spectroscopy, she discovered that injury from neonatal seizures can be measured by cellular metabolism MRS metabolites (N-acetylaspartate, lactate), and developed a paradigm for predicting outcomes using early clinical markers (seizure scores) and MRS metabolites. She is also a national figure addressing problems of recruitment, retention, and promotion of women and underrepresented minority faculty in academic medicine. She is renowned as a mentor and role model for women in science, credited with inspiring many talented women to pursue careers in child neurology and research.
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