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Professor Terrence Sanger Laboratory Childrens Hospital Stanford University School of Medicine


Dr. Terence Sanger is the director of the USC Pediatric Movement Disorders Center.  His research focuses on understanding the origins of pediatric movement disorders from both a biological and a computational perspective. The primary goal of his research is to discover new methods for treating children with movement disorders. Dr. Sanger coordinates the Childhood Motor Study Group (CMSG) and the NIH Taskforce on Childhood Movement Disorders, and he is principal investigator on several research studies at USC.  He runs the pediatric movement disorders clinic at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) in the department of Neurology.  His training includes background in Child Neurology, Electrical Engineering, Signal Processing, Control Theory, Neural Networks, and Computational Neuroscience. Email: tsanger(at)

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Diana Ferman is a physician assistant (PA) and the study coordinator for Dr. Sanger’s clinical trials.  She manages human subject board submissions at USC and provides support for other study centers.  She manages and communicates with Dr. Sanger’s clinic patients, manages emergency situations, and coordinates the highly complex medical and neurological issues that occur in the patients.  Email: dferman(at)

Judy Henderson is a senior speech pathologist and director of the assistive communications clinic at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.  She has pioneered the use of remote tele-medicine for diagnosis and prescription of assistive communication devices, and she is a co-investigator on a grant funded by the NIH to support research on optimizing assistive communication devices for children with motor disorders.

C. Minos Niu is a postdoctoral research fellow who is studying the origins of childhood movement disorders. He is in charge of a project building large-scale high-speech neuromorphic VLSI hardware. He is also coordinating a study to use non-vocal muscles to create personalized speech for children with speech disorders. minos.niu(at)