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Fumiko Hoeft M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Fumiko Hoeft holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. Her current research program as director of UCSF LENS (brainlens.org) and on the leadership team at UCSF Dyslexia Center (dyslexia.ucsf.edu) focuses on brain development, and brain mechanisms underlying acquisition of skills such as reading, neurodevelopmental conditions such as dyslexia and autism, and educationally relevant concepts such as motivation and self-esteem. She received research training at Harvard in neurophysiology, Caltech in systems neuroscience and Stanford in developmental cognitive neuroscience. Recent honors include the 2014 Norman Geschwind Memorial Lectureship from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), and 2015 Transforming Education through Neuroscience from Learning & the Brain Foundation. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed research articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has delivered over 150 keynotes, lectures and workshops. Her work has been covered in media such as The New York Times, NPR, CNN, the New Yorker, and Scientific American. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the IDA and is Scientific Advisor to the Center for Childhood Creativity.

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