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Tracy Dixon-Salazar, PhD
Associate Research DirectorDr. Tracy Dixon-Salazar became Associate Research Director of CURE in 2013 after serving as a volunteer for 7 years.
As Associate Research Director at CURE, Dr. Tracy Dixon-Salazar is responsible for developing and executing strategies to find cures for the epilepsies. She builds and nurtures scientific research programs at CURE and oversees multiple large-scale, collaborative research projects. Working closely with experts in the field, she helps determine objectives and set priorities for CURE’s research portfolio.
Dr. Dixon-Salazar’s desire to get a PhD was inspired by her daughter, Savannah, who suffers from a type of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). After 16 years of daily, unrelenting seizures, Dr. Dixon-Salazar’s research uncovered the cause of her daughter’s epilepsy and identified a precision medication therapy that has changed their lives. With more than 13 years of research experience and 17 years of nonprofit experience, Dr. Dixon-Salazar embodies the concept that patient-focused, patient-driven research is the key to meaningful medical solutions for the diseases of our time. She is a highly sought after speaker and travels worldwide to give keynote addresses and distinguished lectures.
Dr. Dixon-Salazar received her PhD in Neurobiology from University of California, San Diego where her dissertation focused on the role of immune molecules in normal brain development and synaptic plasticity. She went on to do a post-doctoral fellowship where she identified genes that underlie pediatric neurological disorders and used cell-based and animal models to discover potential precision therapeutics.