David M. Katz, Ph.D.

Professor of Neurosciences, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Katz’s laboratory focuses on understanding the role of neurotrophin growth factors in nervous system development and has a particular interest in development of the neural control of breathing. Dr. Katz is well known for his discovery that Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is required for the maturation and function of respiratory control neurons and normal breathing behavior. His current work is focused on Rett Syndrome and on the development of BDNF-based therapies for the disease.

Dr. Katz’s lab recently showed that enhancing BDNF levels in a mouse model of Rett Syndrome is associated with significant improvements in breathing.

Dr. Katz received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior at SUNY Stony Brook and did his postdoctoral training at Cornell University Medical College and the College de France in Paris. He is the former chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Rett Syndrome Research Foundation.

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