David A. Pearce, PhD, will serve as the new Director of the Sanford Children’s Health Research Center (SCHRC) in Sioux Falls.
David A. Pearce, PhD, will serve as the new Director of the Sanford Children’s Health Research Center (SCHRC) in Sioux Falls. The SCHRC’s mission is to combine world-class scientific talent with state-of-the-art technology to conquer childhood diseases. A $20 million gift in 2007 created the SCHRC which includes a location at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research located in La Jolla, CA and a site in Sioux Falls. The collaboration between the two locations will establish the basis of an integrated, world-class, academic pediatric research network. Dr. Pearce will lead the SCHRC in Sioux Falls starting this summer.
Dr. Pearce’s research focuses on juvenile Batten Disease, an incurable genetic disorder that causes a fatal protein malfunction in children. He has published more than 60 research articles on this disease, and his efforts have helped establish a basis to begin clinical trials for treatment. He has also served on numerous review panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).