Thomas M. Durcan, PhD
Assistant Professor at Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Thomas Durcan, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University, Canada. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Dr. Durcan received his Bachelor of Science degree from University College Dublin before moving to the U.S., where he obtained his PhD in cell and molecular biology from the University of Notre Dame. He then joined the Parkinson's research group of Dr. Edward Fon as a postdoctoral researcher before accepting the position of group leader for the Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) platform and associate director of the MNI Open Drug Discovery Platform. In his current research, he uses stem cells and 3D miniature brain models to understand how specific genes and cascades of chemical reactions within the cell in Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders differ from those a healthy brain. The results of his research have been published in many prestigious scientific journals. His research is supported by The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson's Society of Canada.