Jack Parent, MD. is the William J. Herdman Professor of Neurology and co-Director of the Epilepsy Division in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan, where he established the Neurodevelopment and Regeneration Laboratory in 2000. His innovative research focuses on the fields of epilepsy, stem cell biology, and regeneration after stroke and other brain injuries. The first “disease-in-a-dish” human induced pluripotent stem cell lines for Dravet syndrome were established in his laboratory. He has received several awards, including a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Award, a Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award from the American Academy of Neurology, a Grass Foundation Award in Neuroscience from the American Neurological Association, and was inducted into the University of Michigan Medical School League of Research Excellence as a Taubman Scholar. Dr. Parent serves as Secretary of the American Neurological Association, recently served on the Board of the American Epilepsy Society, chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the Dravet Syndrome Foundation, and has been a standing member on NIH study sections for the past 10 years. He also serves on a number of editorial boards and is the Chief Editor for Basic Science of Epilepsy Currents and the Epilepsy Section Editor of Experimental Neurology.
Dr. Parent received an A.B. with distinction in Human Biology from Stanford University and his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed medical internship, neurology residency, clinical epilepsy fellowship, and post-doctoral training in neuroscience research at the University of California, San Francisco.