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Milen Velinov

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Milen Velinov MD, PhD

Dr. Velinov is director of the Genetic Services and the Specialty Clinical Laboratories at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, and an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Batten Registry, a database and cell line bank for Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses, a group of progressive neurodegenerative disorders that most often present in childhood and lead to blindness, seizures and early death. Dr Velinov obtained his MD degree in 1986 and his PhD degree in 1995 at the Medical University Sofia, Bulgaria. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in Molecular Genetics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and training in Pediatrics and Genetics in New York City. He has held faculty positions at the State University of New York and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His research is currently centered in two types of Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses, referred to as Juvenile Batten disease and Kufs disease. Dr Velinov received the Fellow’s Clinical Research award of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1994. He has also been included in the “Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians” since 2005.

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