Peter Crino Named Chair of Neurology at the University of Maryland

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From the President of the AUPN

On March 21, 2016, Dr. Peter B. Crino was named Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His appointment will start in July.

Dr. Crino will be joining University of Maryland School of Medicine from Temple University School of Medicine’s Shriners Hospital Pediatric Research Center where he is the Professor and Vice Chair for Research. Dr. Crino succeeds Interim Chair Barney J. Stern, MD, Professor of Neurology, who had replaced William Weiner, MD, when he passed away in 2012. Dr. Stern will continue as Vice Chair and Professor of the Department of Neurology.

Dr. Crino received an MD degree from Yale University, and a PhD degree in neuroscience from Boston University. His subsequent professional training included an internship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician Post-Doctoral Fellowship, and Clinical Epilepsy Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. 

He has spent his career studying and developing new models for treating some of the most difficult and complex disorders of the brain. For the past 20 years, he has worked as a physician-scientist and has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health where he has focused on translational research studying mechanisms of altered brain development associated with autism, intellectual disability and epilepsy. 

In his research, Dr. Crino has worked extensively on tuberous sclerosis complex, and has used the illness as a model disorder to show that many of focal brain lesions exhibit enhanced signaling through the mechanistic target of rapamycin pathway. He has collaborated on identifying several new genes associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, and pioneered single cell mRNA and DNA sequencing analysis in resected human tissues.

At the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he will lead a department that has $10 million in research funding and is known for developing new therapeutic services based on basic science research and scientific advances. 

He has coauthored 151 peer reviewed manuscripts, chapters, and reviews, and has been an internationally invited speaker. He has four current grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling $4.1M.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Crino.



Karen C. Johnston, MD
President, AUPN

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