2nd Expert Summit on the Future of Deep Brain Stimulation

7–9 March 2022 • Würzburg

Andres M. Lozano

Senior Scientist, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, University Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Lozano is a neurosurgeon and University Professor at the University of Toronto. He is best known for his work in the field of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS).  His team has mapped cortical and subcortical circuits in the human brain and has advanced novel treatments for Parkinson’s disease and for depression, dystonia, anorexia, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Lozano has over 750 publications and serves on the boards of several international organizations.  He has trained over 70 international post-doctoral fellows.  He has received a number of honors including Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Sevilla, the Olivecrona Medal, the Pioneer in Medicine Award and the Dandy Medal.  He has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, has received the Order of Spain and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Eric Yttri

Eric Yttri, PhD is the Eberly Family Development Chair of Biological Science at Carnegie Mellon University.  His lab utilizes a partnership between technique development and experimentation to establish a blueprint for the circuit mechanisms of movement. Notably, using a novel closed-loop stimulation paradigm, he discovered that both of the opponent pathways of the basal ganglia are capable of vigor control, but only via positive or negative reinforcement, respectively (Yttri and Dudman, Nature 2016). To explore these findings more deeply his group uses large-scale recordings of corticobasal ganglia dynamics and machine learning to understand motor control and paradoxical kinesia. He is the recipient of several awards, including from the Whitehall and Brain Research Foundations, and is the current co-chair of the Allen Institute Next Generation Leaders Council. He also is an active proponent of diversity and equity initiatives in his lab and across the field.

 


Michael D. Fox

Michael D. Fox, MD, PhD, is the founding Director of the Center for Brain Circuit Therapeutics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He is also the inaugural Raymond D. Adams Distinguished Chair of Neurology and the Kaye Family Research Director of Psychiatric Brain Stimulation.
He completed a degree in Electrical Engineering at Ohio State University, an MD and PhD at Washington University in St. Louis, and Neurology Residency and Movement Disorders Fellowship at Mass Gen Brigham. Clinically, he specializes in the use of invasive and noninvasive brain stimulation for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases.

Dr. Fox’s research focuses on developing new and improved treatments for brain disease by understanding brain circuits and the effects of neuromodulation.  His papers have been cited over 36,000 times and he has won awards across the fields of neurology, psychiatry, and brain stimulation. Honors include the inaugural Trailblazer Prize for Clinician Scientists from the NIH, a single award across all medical specialties for advances in translational research.

 


Philip Starr

Dr. Starr is the Dolores Cakebread Professor of Neurological Surgery, at the University of California, San Francisco. He obtained his MD and PhD from Harvard Medical School, did neurosurgical residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and did a fellowship in movement disorders surgery at Emory University with Drs. Roy Bakay, Jerrold Vitek, and Mahlon Delong.   He was recruited to UCSF in 1998 to launch a clinical and research program in deep brain stimulation. Dr. Starr and UCSF neurologist Dr. Jill Ostrem are the directors of a multidisciplinary clinic for comprehensive care of patients with movement disorders.  His NIH funded research addresses: 1) Brain network abnormalities underlying motor and nonmotor features of movement disorders. 2) Mechanisms of therapeutic deep brain stimulation. 3) The use of totally implantable neural interfaces for long term brain recording and adaptive DBS.  The laboratory website is https://starrlab.ucsf.edu