Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, Brings Expertise in Neuroimaging and Neurocognitive Development to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
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LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2011) – Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, a leader in neuroimaging and neurocognitive development, has joined the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Sowell join us at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She brings her considerable strengths in research to our patients who face the challenges of chronic and debilitating illnesses such as cancer, obesity, and HIV infection,” said Brent Polk, MD, chair of Pediatrics and director of The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Dr. Sowell previously served as director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
“The recruitment of Dr. Sowell is a tremendous accomplishment,” says Michele D. Kipke, PhD, vice chair of Research in the Department of Pediatrics. “She brings a wealth of expertise that is critical for our efforts in the areas of neurodevelopment, neuroimaging and autism research.”
Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Sowell has been dedicated to understanding how the brain changes in structure and function both in typically developing child and adolescent populations, and in populations with neurodevelopmental disorders such as fetal alcohol syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. The ultimate goal of this research is to determine how changes in the brain relate to changes in behavior and cognitive function, and to identify opportunities for educational, behavioral and pharmacologic intervention to alter abnormal patterns of brain development.
“Dr. Sowell’s expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders and her plans for extending her research into autism and learning disabilities will be a great fit for our expanding translational research program in developmental neuroscience,” said Richard Simerly, PhD, deputy director of The Saban Research Institute.
Coming to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles presents exciting new opportunities for Dr. Sowell. She plans to expand her work into new areas of research through collaborations with other experts at Children’s Hospital, as well as at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and at UCLA.
About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children’s Hospital is one of only eight children’s hospitals in the nation – and the only one in the western United States – named to the national “Honor Roll” of children’s hospitals in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States and is one of America's premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.