Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D., a neuroscientist working in the field of white matter disorders, was named chief research officer at Children’s National Health System. Dr. Gallo, director of the Center for Neuroscience Research at Children’s National for the past sixteen years, is also the Wolf-Pack Chair in Neuroscience at Children’s Research Institute.
As chief research officer, Dr. Gallo is instrumental in developing and realizing Children’s Research Institute’s long-term strategic vision, which includes building out the nearly 12-acre property once occupied by Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The new research innovation campus will serve as a regional innovation hub and support Children’s scientists conducting world-class pediatric research in neuroscience, genetics, clinical and translational science, cancer and immunology.
“I am deeply honored by the selection to serve as Children’s next chief research officer and am excited about being able to play a leadership role in defining the major areas of research that will be based at the Walter Reed space. The project represents an incredible opportunity to maintain the core nucleus of our research strengths and to expand into new, exciting areas of research. What’s more, we have an unprecedented opportunity to form new partnerships with peers in academia and private industry, and forge new community partnerships,” Dr. Gallo says.
The opportunity for Children’s research to expand beyond the existing buildings and the concurrent expansion into new areas of research will trigger more hiring. “By expanding our community of investigators, we aim to strengthen our status as one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals,” he says.