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Dr. Manuel Casanova

Endowed Chair for Translational Clinical Research

Childhood Neurotherapeutics

Manuel F. Casanova, MD is the SmartState Endowed Chair in Translational Childhood Neurotherapeutics for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the Greenville Health System. He belonged to the founding board of the National Alliance for Autism Research (now Autism Speaks) and the Autism Tissue Board. He has served on the Board of Directors or Scientific Advisory Board of numerous organizations (e.g., Autism Research Institute, Generation Rescue, On Mental Health, Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Clearly Present Foundation) and is presently on the editorial board of 15 different medical journals.

Dr. Casanova served as Chairperson of the Developmental Brain Disorders Study Section, received a Physicians Recognition Award by the American Medical Association, a National Research Service Award by the Public Health Service, earned the Stanley Scholars title, earned a Distinguished Faculty Award by the Medical College of Georgia, Senior Scientist Award by the Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia, the title of Honorary Professor from the University of Krasnoyarsk, and a Contributing Piece Award by FEAT. 

In 2015, Dr. Casanova received the High-end Foreign Expert Award from the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs from Bejing Normal University in China. In 2016, Dr. Casanova was elected president of the International Consortium of Autism Institutes (ICAI). Dr. Casanova has provided a large number of plenary lectures including a magisterial presentation at the World Congress of Autism. His research has been recognized by a EUREKA award from the NIMH for the introduction of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in the Therapy of autism spectrum disorders. He has published over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals, 85 book chapters and edited five books.

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