Advisory Committees

The Steering Committee serves as the senior management team of the IDDRC. The Steering Committee is comprised of core directors/co-directors, associate directors and the IDDRC administrator. The Committee generally meets 3-4 times per year. It is responsible for directing the IDDRC, introducing new investigators to the program, and assuring the quality of core functions.

The Internal and External Advisory committees serve as the Board of Directors for the IDDRC. The members of the Internal Advisory Committee meet semiannually to assess the IDDRC and to provide advice on improving the overall functionality of the Center and the functionality of the individual cores. Instead of meeting annually as a group, members of the External Advisory Committee are invited individually as visiting professors to lecture and to provide informal consultation and formal review of the individual cores.

Members of the Steering Committee


Marc Yudkoff, MD
Director, IDDRC and Administrative Core
Associate Director, Analytical Neurochemistry Core


Judith B. Grinspan, PhD
Co-Director, Cellular Neuroscience Core


Michael B Robinson, PhD
Associate Director, IDDRC
Director, Analytical Neurochemistry Core


David R. Lynch, MD, PhD
Director, Cell-Based Assays Section
Analytical Neurochemistry Core


Mary E. Putt, PhD, ScD
Director, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core


Abass Alavi, MD
Director, PET Imaging Section
Neuroimaging Core


Timothy P. Roberts, PhD
Director, Neuroimaging Core


Douglas A. Coulter, PhD
Director, Cellular Neuroscience Core


Robert T. Schultz, PhD
Co-Director, Neuroimaging Core


Beverly S. Emanuel, PhD
Chief, Division of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology


Zhe(Jim) Zhang, PhD
Co-Director, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core


Members of the Internal Advisory Committee


Maja Bucan, PhD
Dr. Bucan is Professor of Genetics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Bucan's primary research focus is functional genomics and behavioral genetics with a special emphasis on the genetics of cognitive and affective disorders. Dr. Bucan is Committee Chair of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange of the Cure Autism Now Foundation.


Thomas Curran, PhD, FRS
Dr. Curran is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Deputy Director of The Children’s Hospital Research Institute. His research addresses the molecular basis of normal and neoplastic development of the brain and new approaches to treating brain tumors.


John A. Detre, MD
Dr. Detre is Associate Director of Neurology and Radiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Functional Neuroimaging at the University of Pennsylvania. His research involves the physiology and pathophysiology of functional activation as well as the clinical applications of functional MRI.


Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD
Dr. Hakonarson is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania. He is the founder and Director of the Center for Applied Genomics at CHOP. Dr. Hakonarson investigates genetic factors that underlie complex medical disorders in children and adults.


Members of the External Advisory Committee


Michael Cataldo, PhD
Dr. Cataldo is Director of the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Professor of Behavioral Biology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Cataldo directs the IDDRC at Kennedy-Krieger/Johns Hopkins. His research focus is the influence of basic operant training on problems of child health and development.


Joseph T. Coyle, MD
Dr. Coyle is Eben S. Draper Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard. Dr. Coyle’s research interests include developmental neurobiology, mechanisms of neuronal vulnerability and psychopharmacology. A focus is the role of glutamatergic neurons in the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders. He is a receipt of the Julius Axelrod Award (2007) of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and a member of the Institute of Medicine.


Vittorio Gallo, PhD
Dr. Gallo is Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Neuroscience Research at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC). Dr. Gallo also directs the IDDRC at CNMC. His expertise is brain development and the leukodystrophies.