The Morrow lab investigates the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying disorders of cognitive development, such as intellectual disability and autism. The long-term aim of this research is to establish a basic foundation for improved genetic diagnosis and treatment interventions designed to enhance cognitive and functional gains for patients. Because these disorders are highly genetic and in order to identify core molecular mechanisms, genome-wide "forward genetic" strategies to identify genetic mutations have been a principal focus. In complement to this, molecular and neurodevelopmental studies of identified pathways are underway in experimental systems in human and mouse tissues.

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Eric Morrow received his PhD in genetics and neurodevelopment at Harvard University. He received his MD degree from the Health Science Training Program at MIT and Harvard Medical School. During this medical training, Morrow developed a strong interest in the scientific challenges posed by childhood neuropsychiatric disorders. He conducted further clinical and scientific training in neurology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Morrow was MGH Rappaport Neuroscience Scholar and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School prior to coming to Brown. His research focuses on normal molecular mechanisms of brain development, and genetic perturbations that underlie disorders of human cognitive development. At Brown, Morrow's research bridges between MCB and Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior where he directs the Developmental Disorders Genetics Research Program (DDGRP).

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Assistant Professor in Biology and Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, & Biochemistry and Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Phone: 401-863-9778

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On The Web:
Roche - Nature Medicine Translational Neuroscience Symposium 2009
Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Science
Common Mechanisms May Underlie Autism's Seemingly Diverse Mutations
The Developmental Disorders Genetics Research Program (DDGRP)
Next-gen sequencing -- transcriptome studies

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