Parizad M. Bilimoria, Ph.D.
Parizad M. Bilimoria, Ph.D., is the communications and outreach director for the NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center at Harvard University. She graduated in 2010 from the Program in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. Her dissertation focused on signaling pathways that orchestrate the morphological development of neurons in the cerebellum. She became excited about science writing through an internship at the Office of Communications and External Relations at Harvard Medical School and worked as a science writer for the Office of Public Affairs at Children’s Hospital Boston. She has written about the first oral therapy for multiple sclerosis while serving as a medical writer for ETHOS Health Communications. She holds a B.S./M.S. in neuroscience and a minor in creative writing from Brandeis University.
Re-opening WindowsManipulating Critical Periods for Brain Development
The brain acquires certain skills—from visual perception to language—during critical windows, specific times in early life when the brain is actively shaped by environmental input. Scientists are now discovering pathways in animal models through which these windows might be re-opened in adults, thus re-awakening a brain’s youth-like plasticity. Such research has implications for brain injury repair, sensory recovery, and neurodevelopmental disorder treatment.