Dr Robert Annett
I would like to introduce our speaker today, Robert Annett, who is the Pediatric Vice Chair for Research and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, USA. Dr. Annett received his PhD in psychology from Loyola University Chicago and completed his post-doctoral fellowship training in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of California San Francisco. He is trained as a pediatric neuropsychologist and has had a distinguished research, clinical and teaching career focused on the impact of chronic disease on child brain function and psychological functioning. He has been a Principal investigator in a range of NIH-funded projects including the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network and the ACT NOW study, a recent initiative for improving care for newborns impacted by Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome. Both of these projects seek to bring cutting edge pediatric trials to rural and medically underserved communities. Dr. Annett is the principal investigator for the Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge (SPARK) study in Mississippi. SPARK is a multi-site study seeking to identify the genetic contributions to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Annett brings both research and clinical expertise in early brain development and epigenetic mechanisms contributing to early brain development among children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD and Autism.