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Roger J. Packer, MD

Co-Principal Investigator, Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist

Dr. Roger J. Packer is Senior Vice-President, Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine, and is Director of both the Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Institute and the Brain Tumor Institute of Children’s National, Washington, DC.  Throughout his career, Dr. Packer has been heavily involved in clinical and applied basic science research. His clinical research has touched on various aspects of adult and child neurology and neuro-oncology, including adult and pediatric brain tumors, neurofibromatosis type 1, the neurologic aspects of childhood neurogenetic diseases, and multiple other topics in general child neurology. Presently, Dr. Packer is principal investigator at Children’s National for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC), formed under the auspices of the National Cancer Institute; Chairman of the PBTC Low-Grade Glioma Committee; Group Chair of the Neurofibromatosis Clinical Trials Consortium; is Chair of the Medulloblastoma Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group; and P.I. for the Institution as part of the NINDS-sponsored Neuro-NEXT Clinical Trials Consortium. He has been part of studies evaluating the molecular genetics of childhood and adult neurologic diseases and has also coordinated the first gene therapy study for children with malignant brain tumors in the United States. The majority of the studies now being coordinated by Dr. Packer are studies evaluating innovative agents aimed at the molecular underpinnings of neurologic disease. He has published over 275 original articles and 250 reviews and chapters.

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