Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine - SYNGAP1 Center of Excellence

Jimmy L.. Holder, MD, PhD, Pediatric Neurology

Texas Children's Hospital, located in Houston, Texas, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create a healthier future for children and women throughout our global community by leading in patient care, education and research. We are proud to be consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation.

Texas Children's Neurology and Developmental Neuroscience department consists of 50 faculty members comprised of pediatric neurologists, developmental pediatricians, neuropsychologists, neurophysiologists, research scientists, and nurse practitioners. The staff of over 130 individuals encompasses an impressive range of knowledge and expertise while working together to provide the most compassionate and up-to-date care for children with neurological disorders.

With over 40,000 scheduled visits to our neurology clinics each year, providers see patients from across the United States and from around the world with a diverse array of neurological conditions ranging from the common to the very rare. Patients are seen in the Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, several sub-specialty neurology clinics and at Texas Children's Specialty Care locations throughout the greater Houston area.

The department also supports excellent training programs in clinical child neurology, developmental pediatrics and basic science research. Trainees benefit from close interaction with faculty scientists and physicians, state of the art facilities and access to a large and diverse patient population. Many prior graduates of our training programs have gone on to distinguished careers as clinicians and scientists and have made important contributions to neurological care and research.

It is an exciting time for research in Neurology and Developmental Neuroscience, with numerous developments in clinical and basic science research underway. A wide range of clinical research projects is currently being conducted and planned that reflects the diverse specialties of our providers and the disorders they treat. Likewise, basic science neurology research is undergoing a transformation at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, a one of a kind facility which is delivering a new era of discovery and understanding of neurological disorders in children.

Bridge the Gap's first research grant was awarded to Dr. Jimmy Holder in September of 2019. This research grant will fund a clinical study to find biomarker(s) for this disorder that will be used in conjunction with basic research to develop targeted therapies.

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