The ASF Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is responsible for overseeing research grants funded by the ASF. The ASF SAC is currently comprised of 17 Angelman syndrome researchers and professionals from both academia and industry, clinicians who work with AS patients, and experts from related fields such as psychology, communication and education. SAC members donate their time and talent to review all research applications submitted to the ASF for funding, work with ASF staff to conduct an annual Scientific Symposium, and work with the ASF on research collaboration. The ASF and the ASF SAC play a strong role in networking researchers and funding research that pursues promising avenues of discovery.

ASF SAC membership is evaluated and renewed on two-year terms, ensuring that a range of voices and opinions are expressed during the research funding process.

Meet the SAC

Dan Harvey, PhD- SAC Chair

Dan Harvey was appointed to the ASF Board of Directors in 2012 and chairs the ASF Scientific Advisory Committee. Dan has more than 20 years of experience in drug discovery research both in academia and the pharmaceutical industry. He became involved with…

Arthur Beaudet, MD-

Dr. Beaudet received his M.D. degree from Yale, did pediatric residency training at Johns Hopkins, and was research associate at the National Institutes of Health before joining Baylor College of Medicine where he has remained to the present. Dr. Beaudet has made…

Charles Williams, MD-

Charles A. Williams, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida. He is a board-certified pediatrician and clinical geneticist and has a special interest in neurogenetic disorders. He is a past recipient of the…

Stephen Calculator, PhD-

Dr. Calculator is Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire and an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH. He earned his doctorate in Communicative Disorders from the…

Ben Philpot, PhD-

Dr. Ben Philpot is an Assistant Professor in Cell and Molecular Physiology at the University of North Carolina, and a member of the Neuroscience Center, the Neurobiology Curriculum, and the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center. Prior to this appointment, he was a postdoctoral…

Michael Ehlers, PhD-

Michael Ehlers is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and George Barth Geller Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University where he has been since 1998. His research explores how brain cells adapt to changing environments and store information at a…

Michael Greenberg, PhD-

Mike Greenberg grew up in Brooklyn, New York, attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut and received his PhD from Rockefeller University in 1982. Following postdoctoral training with Dr. Edward Ziff at New York University Medical School, Dr. Greenberg moved to Harvard Medical School…

Steven Katz, MD-

Steve Katz served as an officer or director of the ASF organization since 1997. He has served as President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and Immediate Past-President as well as serving as a director. Steve has served on numerous Foundation committees, represents the ASF…

Jane Summers, PhD-

Dr. Summers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and is Clinical Director of behavioral therapy services for children with developmental disabilities at McMaster Children's Hospital. She has been a member of the Scientific…

Marc Lalande, PhD-

Marc Lalande received a PhD in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto in 1981. His postdoctoral training was with Dr. Samuel A. Latt in the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. From 1985 to 1988, he…

Mark Nespeca, MD-

Dr. Mark Nespeca is board certified in pediatrics, child neurology and in clinical neurophysiology. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. His postgraduate training included a pediatrics residency at the University of Colorado Affiliated Hospitals, a neurology fellowship at…

Wen-Hann Tan, MD-

I am a clinical geneticist and the Boston site principal investigator of an Angelman Syndrome Natural History Study. This is a multi-center study coordinated jointly through Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham within the Angelman / Prader-Willi…

Fred Pritzker-

Fred Pritzker is a practicing attorney and the father of a twenty-six year-old man with AS. Although a non-scientist, Mr. Pritzker has served on the ASF-SAC for three years. He is an active member of the SAC and, along with other members,…

Ron Thibert, DO, MsPH-

Dr. Thibert received his Masters degree in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He did his General Pediatric training in the Henry Ford Health System…

Coral Thompson, BSc., RT-

After graduating from the University of Alberta in Medical Laboratory Science, Ms. Thompson worked for 19 years as a University Research Technologist in Medical Bacteriology and Biochemistry. Her two main areas of research over this time period were Diabetes and AIDS. In…

Stormy Chamberlain, Ph.D.-

Stormy Chamberlain, Ph.D., is a widely published, 10-year researcher in the field of Angelman syndrome and UBE3A, who has given more than 30 talks and lectures about a variety of related topics. Dr. Chamberlain is currently an assistant professor in the University…