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2019 Marilyn R. Lindenauer Distinguished Speaker – Anna Penn, MD, PhD
November 7, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Anna Penn, MD, PhD, is a neonatologist and developmental neuroscientist at Children’s National Health System in Washington DC. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine, with appointments in the Children’s National Fetal Medicine Institute, Neonatology and the Center for Neuroscience Research. In January 2020, she will join Columbia University as the new Director of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Penn conducts translational work aimed at understanding and ameliorating preterm brain injury. Specifically, she studies the role of placental function in fetal brain development and damage, a cross-disciplinary research area she dubbed “neuroplacentology”. This work started with a 2009 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award focused on the development of novel genetic models to assess the impact of placental hormones in fetal brain development. Her lab now pursues several lines of investigation into placental hormones that impact neurodevelopment using novel models of perinatal brain injury, supported by both NIH and foundation funds.
In addition to her clinical and research work, Dr. Penn is committed to training the next generation of translational researchers. At Children’s National, she has been director of translational research for Hospital Based Specialties and of the Board of Visitors Perinatal Neuroprotection Program, both of which focused on increasing physician and scientist interactions and research training. She participates in national committees and organizations, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) Task Force on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy, the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the Society for Pediatric Research.
Dr. Penn received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges. After spending a postgraduate year studying ‘philosophy of mind’ at Oxford University UK, she joined Stanford’s Medical Scientist Training Program in which she received her M.D. and a Ph.D. in neuroscience. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco and returned to Stanford for her neonatology fellowship. She served on the neonatology faculty of Pediatrics at Stanford University prior to moving to Washington DC.
Reception to follow the lecture at 6:15 pm.