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Marcus Center for Cellular Cures Established by School of Medicine

Will develop therapies for autism, related brain disorders; Dawson is associate director

Duke School of Medicine Dean Mary Klotman, MD, has announced the launch of a new center designed to bring together physicians and faculty from medicine and engineering to develop therapies for brain disorders such as autism. The Marcus Center for Cellular Cures will be directred by Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, Jerome S. Harris Professor of Pediatrics and director and chief scientific officer of the Robertson Clinical and Translational Cell Therapy Program at Duke. Ravi Bellamkonda, PhD, Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering, and Geraldine Dawson, PhD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, were named associate directors of the center. Dr. Dawson chairs the DIBS Faculty Governance Committee. More about the new center HERE.