Audrey Brumback, MD, PhD
Pediatric Neurologist, UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s
University of Colorado, MD
University of Colorado, PhD, Neuroscience
Residency, Child Neurology, University of California, San Francisco
Biography and Education
Audrey Brumback, MD, PhD, is a board-certified pediatric neurologist in UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s. She specializes in the care of people with neurodevelopmental challenges, such as autism. Additionally, Dr. Brumback is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Neurology and an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Brumback earned both her medical degree and her doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Colorado. She completed a residency in child neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. While pursuing her doctorate, she studied how the electrical activity of the infant brain is fundamentally different than that of the adult brain. Her postdoctoral training focused on understanding the disorders of brain development (i.e., autism) that lie at the interface of neurology, psychiatry, developmental behavioral pediatrics, and basic neurosciences. At Dell Children’s she leads a team of researchers, who work to understand how changes in the brain’s electrical activity cause the symptoms that many people with these disorders experience.
Dr. Brumback is a prolific writer and researcher. She is also a nationally recognized expert in the clinical assessment and management of autism spectrum disorders and related disorders, such as Rett syndrome. She demonstrated that acute in vivo optogenetic manipulation of this population of neurons can increase or decrease the amount of time autism model mice engage in social exploration. This exciting discovery lays the groundwork for advances in therapeutic brain stimulation that can treat multiple forms of autism regardless of the underlying cause. Current work in her laboratory is focused on functionally mapping the subcortical circuits involved in autism.
- Child epilepsy
- Rett syndrome
- Sensory, neurodevelopment, and autism
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child Neurology
Awards & Honors
- Ravin Family Award, American Medical Women’s Association Florence Sabin Branch Awards
- Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., MD, Medical Student Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine