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Dr. Harry Chugani

Dr. Harry Chugani is Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology and the Rosalie and Bruce Rosen Endowed Chair in Neurology at Children's Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is also the Director of the Positron Imaging Center in the Detroit Medical Center and runs the Epilepsy Surgery program. He is currently the President of the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA; 2010-2014).

Is Heroes Award Dr. Chugani was born in Hong Kong and attended St. Joseph's College (High School). Following this, he went to Philadelphia to attend LaSalle University and then attended Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He underwent Pediatrics training at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and returned to Georgetown University for Neurology and Pediatric Neurology training. He held a faculty position at UCLA between 1981 and 1993 and received tenure, but was subsequently recruited to Children's Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University to establish a pediatric neuroscience program.

His interests are in epilepsy, particularly epilepsy surgery, molecular brain imaging and brain development. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has edited 2 books, including one on infantile spasms.

His awards and honors include an invitation to the White House in 1997 by President and Mrs. Clinton to discuss the importance of brain development in children. He has been invited to testify in the US Senate as well as in numerous states regarding legislature on early brain stimulation and education. He has given a keynote lecture in the National Governors' Association annual meeting.