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Snead Lab

Snead Lab

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Welcome to Snead Lab.

About Dr. Snead:

Dr. Carter Snead III came to SickKids in 1996 from Los Angeles, California, in order to assume the position of Head of the Division of Neurology. He has spent his research career engaged in both clinical and basic research in childhood epilepsy. His clinical research involves the surgical treatment of children with refractory epilepsy. He brought the technique of invasive brain monitoring to SickKids for children who are candidates for epilepsy surgery. Dr. Snead has been involved in groundbreaking studies of the utility of magnetoencephalography (MEG) as a non-invasive diagnostic tool to select children for epilepsy surgery. In the laboratory, he has conducted pioneering research that has helped to elucidate the basic molecular mechanisms at play in the pathogenesis of generalized absence seizures in children. His research on these two broad fronts has been productive of over 150 peer reviewed papers, multiple awards and invited presentations across the world, and extramural funding totaling several million dollars over the course of his career to date.

In 1997, he was named the inaugural holder of the Bloorview Children's Hospital Chair in Paediatric Neuroscience at The Hospital for Sick Children. In 1998, he was appointed Director of the Research Program in Brain and Behavior as well as senior scientist in the Research Institute. In 2007 Dr. Snead was asked to head the new Centre For Brain & Behaviour at SickKids.

Dr. Snead received his BSc in pharmacy in 1966 and his MD in 1970, both from the University of West Virginia. Subsequently, he trained in paediatrics at Duke, child neurology at Yale, and served in the United States Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he was a paediatric neurologist at the USAF Medical Center. In 1977, he assumed his first academic position in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine where he ascended through the academic ranks. In 1989, he was appointed head of the Division of Neurology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and professor of Paediatrics, Pharmacology, Neurology, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.