Dr. Limperopoulos is the Center Director of Prenatal, Neonatal & Maternal Health Research; Director & Chief of the Institute for the Developing Brain at Children’s National; and (tenured) Professor of Neurology, Radiology, and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
She studies the causes and consequences of adverse prenatal environments and brain and placental development in high-risk fetal, preterm and infant populations. As incoming Center Director, she will continue to develop novel tools and precision medicine solutions to diseases that have their origins in the womb but don’t fully manifest until adulthood.
Central to her research is applying advanced MRI techniques to identify important biomarkers and to better elucidate the timing and evolution of impaired brain maturation, as well as the brain’s adaptive responses. Her lab leads the world in applying advanced imaging techniques to identify early brain and placental biomarkers of risk and resilience for neurodevelopmental impairment. Her goal is to develop early and reliable signals that can identify the high-risk fetus prior to irreversible brain injury.
Dr. Limperopoulos also co-leads the Clark Parent & Child Network, a project that links parents to needed resources and time-sensitive mental health support. The Network was underwritten by a transformational, $36 million investment and, powered by that funding, the DC Mother-Baby Wellness program she oversees has received nearly 1,000 referrals in 18 months. She also was named the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation Distinguished Professor of Maternal-Infant Health, an appointment that honors her unique achievements and that supports her groundbreaking research to improve the lives of children and families.
Welcome Dr. Limperopoulos!