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Russell Butterfield, MD, PhD
Department of Pediatrics and Department of Neurology, University of Utah, UT, USA
Russell Butterfield is Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Utah, UT, USA. After receiving his BS in microbiology from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, he joined the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, IL, USA. He completed his PhD training in mammalian genetics, studying genetic aspects of organ-specific autoimmunity. After finishing medical school, he moved west to the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he completed training in pediatrics and child neurology, including a fellowship in neuromuscular disorders.
Dr Butterfield’s clinical interests include neurogenetic and neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on muscular dystrophies of childhood onset. His research interests are in understanding genetic aspects of these disorders. His current work is focused on newborn screening for SMA and understanding genetic modifiers of severity in various types of muscular dystrophy including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), and collagen VI-related muscular dystrophies.