Meet our new Research Coordinator, Veronica Hood, PhD!
Welcome to Our New Staff Member!
We are so excited to welcome Veronica Hood, PhD, to DSF as our new Research Coordinator. Veronica has an MS in Biology from East Tennessee State University and a PhD in Cell, Stem Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado. She spent 10 years in laboratory settings researching how small changes in genetic and molecular regulation contribute to complex neurological diseases.
In her new role as DSF’s Research Coordinator she will be working with our Medical and Scientific Advisory Boards, overseeing our Research Grant Program, and attending professional conferences as a representative of DSF. She will also be a liaison to our patient community, helping to moderate our support group, as well as communicating directly with patient families on current research and any questions they have.
In 2007, Veronica had a son, Gabriel, who faced severe developmental challenges. Gabriel presented with initial seizure activity within his first two months of life, and his medical needs quickly became quite complex. Despite endless testing, a diagnosis remained elusive, and at the age of 8, Gabriel passed away. These experiences fueled Veronica’s passion to advance medical research and shaped her desire to support other families facing similar challenges. She hopes to apply her scientific knowledge and her understanding of the caregiver experience to support the Dravet community by facilitating Dravet-focused research and acting as a liaison between researchers, professionals, and families. She currently lives in Colorado. She enjoys spending time with her partner Scott and their pets and being outdoors in her free time.