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Seattle Children’s Hospital
Division of Developmental Medicine
M/S OC.9.845
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
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Principal investigator
Samuel H. Zinner, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician
Phone: 206-987-0285
Dararat Mingbunjerdsuk, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Division of Pediatric Neurology
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Phone: 206-987-2078


Clinical staff:
Sheila Ganti, PhD
Clinical Research Associate
Phone: 206-987-1927
Fax: 206-985-3925
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Institute Description

At the forefront of pediatric medical research, Seattle Children’s Research Institute has nine major centers, and is internationally recognized for its work in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention and bioethics. As of 2009, it is among the top five pediatric medical research centers in terms of National Institutes of Health grant funding.

In its quest to cure childhood disease, the research institute brings discoveries to the bedside in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Short profile of group

Dr. Samuel Zinner is a nationally known specialist in tic disorders and co-occurring conditions. He is a Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Washington and a Clinician-Educator and Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics subspecialist, on faculty with Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Zinner is the fellowship program director for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Zinner is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Top Doctor” in his field. Dr. Zinner served on the Medical Advisory Board of the Tourette Association of America (TAA) from 2002-2014, and the author of over 35 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, abstracts and book chapters.

Dr. Dararat Mingbunjerdsuk is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. Dr. Mingbunjerdsuk completed specialized training in Movement Disorders. She is an Assistant Professor of Neurology with the University of Washington. Her clinical interests include pediatric movement disorders, Tourette syndrome, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, the role of deep brain stimulation and botulinum toxin injections in the management of pediactric movement disorders. Dr. Mingbunjerdsuk runs continuity clinics for Pediatric Neurology Fellows and actively participates in Medical Student and Resident teaching at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Sheila Ganti is part of the Clinical Research Staff Support Core at Seattle Children’s, where she works on various studies, including TIC Genetics. Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a PhD is Physiology.