Christopher Smyser, MD, MSCI

Washington University in St. Louis

Christopher Smyser, M.D., M.S.C.I., is the director of the Neonatal Neurology Clinical Program and head of the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Section in the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where he is a Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Radiology. He is a pediatric neurologist with additional training in neonatal neurology and is co-director of the Baker Family Fellowship in Neonatal Neurology at Washington University. With a background in biomedical engineering, Dr. Smyser’s multidisciplinary research focuses on the use of advanced neuroimaging techniques to provide greater understanding of early brain development and the pathway to neurodevelopmental disabilities. He is co-director of the Washington University Neonatal Developmental Research (WUNDER) Laboratory where research efforts have centered upon the use of resting state functional MRI and diffusion MRI to investigate functional and structural brain development in high-risk pediatric populations from infancy through adolescence. He is a principal investigator for multiple longitudinal studies focused upon defining the deleterious effects of prematurity, brain injury, and adverse environmental exposures on neurodevelopmental and psychiatric outcomes through development and application of state-of-the-art neuroimaging approaches. He is also a principal investigator for the Data Coordinating Center of the HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) study.


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