Major Reasons Why I went into Child Neurology (Recorded at Boston Children’s Hospital)
Christopher Yuskaitis, MD, PhD
Dr. Yuskaitis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Chris completed his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia and his MD/PhD program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. His self-described passion in child neurology is “caring for patients with infantile spasms, neurogenetic conditions, and studying the underlying molecular basis for neurologic disorders. My graduate work identified misregulation of glycogen synthase kinase-3 as a potential target for therapeutic intervention in Fragile X syndrome. Since joining Boston Children’s Hospital, my work with Ann Poduri, MD, has contributed to a recent Nature paper identifying the specific de novo mutations in patients with epileptic encephalopathy.
Dr. Yuskaitis is currently focusing his research efforts on studying the multiple genes involved in infantile spasms, epileptic encephalopathy, and neurodevelopmental disorders, with an emphasis on understanding how mutations in components of critical molecular pathways contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders, and to identify targets for therapeutic intervention.