Alfonso Fasano ↗
MD, PhD, FAAN
Chair of Neuromodulation, University of Toronto and University Health Network
Dr. Alfonso Fasano holds the Chair in Neuromodulation at the University of Toronto and University Health Network. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Neurology) at the University of Toronto. He is staff neurologist and co-director of the Surgical Program for Movement Disorders at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. He is also staff neurologist at the Hospital of Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Fasano is a Clinician Investigator at the Krembil Research Institute and KITE – Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Fasano leads the Core E (closed-loop capabilities) of the CenteR for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA) and sits in the scientific advisory board of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation and International Essential Tremor Foundation. He’s the chair of the Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus study group and of the Tremor study group of the International Parkinson Movement Disorders Society and the co-chair of the Functional Neurosurgical Working Group of the Parkinson Study Group; he’s also member of the Tremor Research Group.
Clement Hamani ↗
Program Research Director Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program
Sunnybrook Research Institute
Professor in Surgery,
University of Toronto
Dr. Clement Hamani received his medical degree from Escola Paulista de Medicina in São Paulo in 1993 and went on to receive his PhD in Neurosciences from the same institution. He completed a Research and Clinical Fellowship in Functional Neurosurgery at the Division of Neurosurgery at Toronto Western Hospital. In 2017 he joined the Sunnybrook the Research Institute (SRI) and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is now Full Professor in Surgery at UofT, Senior Scientist at SRI, Program Research Director of the Hurvitz Brain Science Centre and Preclinical lead of the Harquail Centre for Neuromodulation.
Suneil Kalia ↗
MD, PhD, FRCSC
Krembil Research Institute University Health Network
Dr. Kalia is a senior scientist at Krembil Research Institute, KITE, and Associate Professor in Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. His research laboratory focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of protein homeostasis in neurodegeneration and on establishing model systems to study protein function in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and on establishing model systems to study novel applications of neuromodulation in diseases of the central nervous system. As a neurosurgeon, his clinical focus is on the use of neuromodulation for the surgical management of movement disorders, particularly PD. His team is actively working on developing novel biological therapies that are designed to slow or halt the progression of neurodegeneration in PD.
Taufik Valiante ↗
MD, PhD, FRCSC
Surgical Epilepsy Program, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
In 2003, Dr. Valiante was recruited by the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor and, as a CIHR Clinician-Scientist, he launched his research program in the field of electrophysiological characterization of neuronal networks in epilepsy. His neurosurgical staff appointment is at the Toronto Western Hospital with a practice in adult epilepsy surgery. He currently serves as Director of the Epilepsy Program at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network and is appointed as an Associate Member of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto.