Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is the director of the TRANSCEND Research Program. She is an affiliate of the Harvard-MGH-MIT-HST Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.

Dr. Herbert earned her medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Prior to her medical training she obtained a doctoral degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz, studying evolution and development of learning processes in biology and culture in the History of Consciousness program, and then did postdoctoral work in the philosophy and history of science. She trained in pediatrics at Cornell University Medical Center and in neurology and child neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she has remained. She received the first Cure Autism Now Innovator Award and is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Autism Speaks.



Karen Weintraub, MA, is an award-winning journalist and freelance health writer for outlets including The Boston Globe, USA Today, and the BBC. A past recipient of a prestigious Knight Center for Science Journalism fellowship, she also teaches journalism at the Harvard Extension School and Boston University.


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