Masonic Institute of the Developing Brain

Leadership for the Institute for Child and Adolescent Brain Health

VP Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
Clinical Care

Earlier this fall, we announced that the Board of Regents had approved the purchase of the former Shriners Children’s Hospital campus to establish an Institute for Child and Adolescent Brain Health. I have more very good news! I am pleased to share that this multidisciplinary effort will be co-led by two passionate researchers, charismatic leaders, and creative problem-solvers who can work across disciplines to bring people and ideas together to advance science.

I am excited to announce the recruitment of Winona, Minnesota-raised Damien A. Fair, PA-C, PhD, currently at Oregon Health & Science University, who will be arriving the summer of 2020. Dr. Fair is a joint hire between the Medical School and the College of Education and Human Development. He brings extensive research expertise in brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience, and is renowned for his collaborative and engaging leadership.

The other co-director for the institute is Michael Georgieff, MD, executive vice chair and professor in pediatrics. Dr. Georgieff’s research focuses on fetal/neonatal nutrition and brain development, specifically on the effect of early life iron nutrition and neurocognitive function. Dr. Georgieff has been the director of the University’s very successful Center for Neurobehavioral Development since its inception in 2000. He will carry this legacy and success story into the new institute.

In the space of two months, we have seen obstacles fall and progress move quickly on this new cross-campus initiative. My sincere thanks to everyone who has been working on the Institute for Child and Adolescent Brain Health.

Please join me in extending a hearty welcome (and welcome back to Minnesota) to Dr. Fair and congratulations to Dr. Georgieff.

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