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Brian Gary Skotko, M.D.

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Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAM.D.05/2006medicine
Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MAM.P.P.2006public policy
1997 - 2001
Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship
Lord Rothermere Scholarship
All American Academic First Team
Faculty Scholar
National Media Award
Diversity Ambassador Award
National Book Award
2004 - 2005
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
Knowles Fellow
Margaret Schneider Austin Scholarship
Down Syndrome Community Service Award
National Down Syndrome Congress President's Award
Presidential Scholars Public Service Initiative Award
Christian Pueschel Memorial Research Award
Dean's Community Service Award
2010 - 2014
Pediatric Loan Repayment Award
Good Catch Award
William K. Bowes Jr. Award in Medical Genetics

I have dedicated my professional energies toward children with cognitive and developmental disabilities. My interests have resulted in research in top-tier medical journals, national and international speaking engagements, and frequent media appearances.

My most important contributions have been made studying how physicians deliver a prenatal and postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. My publications in the multi-disciplinary journals, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, have received national and international media attention, resulting in frequent opportunities to speak at grand rounds presentations around the globe.

My second most important contribution has been in outreach to families who have children with Down syndrome. My two nationally-award winning books were published for the primary audience of mothers, father, brothers, sisters, and other family members. My ongoing research on family attitudes also intends to further clinical understanding of the dynamics of the family life. I further volunteer for several non-profit organizations, including the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

My third area of contribution is in the field of memory and aging. My work with the legendary amnesic patient, H.M., has resulted in publications in top-tier neuroscience journals and received the attention of scientists around the country.

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  1. R01DC019279 (HARTNICK, CHRISTOPHER J) Sep 15, 2020 - Aug 31, 2025
    Effects of Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation on Cognition & Language in Down Syndrome
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  2. U01DC019279 (HARTNICK, CHRISTOPHER J ;SKOTKO, BRIAN GARY) Sep 15, 2020 - Aug 31, 2025
    Effects of Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation on Cognition & Language in Down Syndrome
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  3. AD-1507-31567 (Brian Skotko) Aug 1, 2016
    Virtual Evidence-based Healthcare for Underserved Patients with Down Syndrome
    Role Description: Through a randomized-control national trial, we will be creating and testing a direct-topublic, always-available, online service yielding comprehensive yet personalized recommendations for patients with Down syndrome who don’t have access to specialty care.
    Role: Principal Investigator
  4. F32HD068101 (SKOTKO, BRIAN GARY) Jul 1, 2011 - Jun 30, 2013
    Predicting Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Down Syndrome
    Role: Principal Investigator

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.