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Clinical Translational Core


Seth Pollak, PhDSeth Pollak, PhD
Core Director

Pollak is a Letters and Science Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and professor of pediatrics, anthropology, neuroscience and public affairs. His NIH-funded research focuses on children’s brain and behavioral development, with particular focus on how environmental risk during early childhood compromises neurodevelopmental outcomes and health. Pollak has received the National Down Syndrome Society’s Scientific Scholar Award, Boyd-McCandless Award for Distinguished Contributions to Child Development, American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Early Career Award, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His training is in child clinical psychology, with expertise in pediatric neuropsychology and graduate teaching experience in assessment, behavioral development, and research ethics.

Katherine C. Hustad, PhDKatie Hustad, PhD
Core Co-Director

Hustad is a professor of communication sciences and disorders. Her NIH-funded research examines longitudinal communication development in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Hustad’s work focuses on characterizing changes in speech production, speech intelligibility, language, cognition, and functional communication abilities among children with CP, both with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, between the ages of 18 months and adulthood. Her long term goal is to develop evidence-based interventions to enhance functional communication. She is a fellow of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association and member of the Communication Disorders Review Committee study section at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Murray Brilliant, PhDMurray Brilliant, PhD
Core Co-Director

Brilliant holds the James Weber Endowed Chair at the Marshfield Clinic, where he is the director of the Center for Human Genetics and the Personalized Medicine Research Project (PMRP). Brilliant has over 30 years of experience in genetic analyses, including Mendelian and complex traits. He is also the associate director of the Translational Technologies Research Core and the associate executive director of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program-funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at UW-Madison. His role in the CTSA is to administer and foster collaborative use of the PMRP.