Dr. Martha Herbert

Martha Herbert, PhD, MD, www.marthaherbert.org, is a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging where she directs the TRANSCEND Research Program, which uses advanced brain imaging techniques and biomarkers to look at metabolic, perfusion, and brain function measures of brain change. Her research interests include how changes in whole-body physiology, structure and organization of movement may impact electrophysiology to alter brain function, development and structure; how environmental influences can act through our physiology to degrade molecular, tissue and neuroglial function – or create improvement and fulfill potential; and how emerging bioinformatics and small-scale measurement technologies can facilitate crowdsourcing of health and lifestyle data. She is working on how to convey to the scientific, policy and public communities that there is a better, more inclusive and action-promoting way of looking at autism and chronic disease. She is the author of The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be (Harvard Health Publications and Random House, 2012, www.AutismRevolution.org and www.autismWHYandHOW.org).