David Rowitch, MD, ScD, FMedSci, FRS is Professor of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge, and he sits on National Advisory Council for Child Health and Development (USA). Professor Rowitch obtained his MD from UCLA and his PhD (Biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge. His research has established genetic mechanisms that determine glial cell identity and heterogeneity during brain development and has provided insight into cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. His clinical research interests include genomic technologies to diagnose rare neurogenetic conditions and gene and cell-based therapies for leukosytropies. He is recipient of numerous awards and was elected as a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2018 and the Royal Society in 2021.