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Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., Will Deliver Keynote Address at the NPA's 12th Annual Meeting

November 20, 2013

susan head shot - croppedSusan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address at the NPA 12th Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place April 4 - 6, 2014, at Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine.

Fitzpatrick is vice president of the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF). The McDonnell Foundation is one of a limited number of international grant-makers supporting university-based research in the biological and behavioral sciences through foundation-initiated programs via competitive, peer-review proposal processes. As vice president, Fitzpatrick serves as JSMF's chief operating officer.

Fitzpatrick received her Ph.D. in biochemistry and neurology from Cornell University Medical College (1984) and pursued postdoctoral training with in vivo NMR spectroscopic studies of brain metabolism in the Department of Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics at Yale University. 

Fitzpatrick served as the associate executive director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis (1989-1992), a comprehensive basic science and applied science research center focused on restoring neurological function to persons with spinal cord injury. Her responsibilities included all public outreach and educational efforts and she served as the scientific liaison to the development, fundraising, and public relations staff. As executive director of the Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF) (1992-1993), Fitzpatrick guided the foundation through a reorganization. BTF is now a leader in advancing the acute care of patients with traumatic brain injury. Fitzpatrick joined JSMF in 1993 as the foundation's first program officer. She was promoted to program director in 1997 and to vice president in 2000. Fitzpatrick is an adjunct associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy and occupational therapy at Washington University School of Medicine, teaching neuroscience. Fitzpatrick lectures and writes on issues concerning applications of neuroscience to clinical problems, the role of private philanthropy in the support of scientific research, and on issues related to the public dissemination of and understanding of science. Fitzpatrick serves on the boards of the Association of Women in Science, the Ontario Brain Institute, the American Occupational Therapy Foundation,  and she is a past member of the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

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