Sherin U. Devaskar, M.D. is Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and an attending neonatologist at the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. She is the Mattel Executive Endowed Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Children's Health, and Executive Director, UCLA Childrens Discovery and Innovation Institute (CDI). She is also the Director of the Neonatal Research Center at UCLA. Dr. Devaskar is the Principal Investigator of the UCLA Child Health Research Career Development Program and the Human and Molecular Development Training grant.
Dr. Devaskars research focuses on the long-term outcome of premature and growth-restricted babies, the nutrition they receive while in the womb and soon after birth, and the propensity of these babies to develop adult-onset conditions, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension and Alzheimers disease. Her research is supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. She is also the Principal Investigator on the two NIH-funded institution training grants (T32 and K12). Dr. Devaskar has authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council, National Institutes of Health. She was the Chair of the NICHD-Maternal and Child Health Committee and member of the NIH-Human and Embryology Study Section. She was also the President of the Mid-West Society for Pediatric Research.
Dr. Devaskar has a particular interest in academic development and serves on multiple UCLA, national and international committees. She served as the President of the American Pediatric Society and Chair of the Program Committee for the Pediatric Academic Societies, and the American Pediatric Society Council. She was a member of the Perinatal-Neonatal Subsection of the American Board of Pediatrics. These positions allow her to help shape the careers of pediatric fellows and junior faculty nationally.
Dr. Devaskar served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Pediatric Research journal and is the editorial board member of the American Journal of Physiology Endocrinology and Metabolism.
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