Yoland Smith, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurology at Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Yoland Smith received his PhD degree in Neurobiology from Laval University, Quebec, Canada in 1988. During his doctoral training, he worked under the supervision of Professor Andre Parent on various aspects of the functional anatomy of the basal ganglia. Through the use of immunocytochemistry and tract-tracing methods, he published series of manuscripts that contributed significantly to our current knowledge of the circuitry and chemical anatomy of the basal ganglia.
He then spent two years of postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Paul Bolam in the MRC Unit in Oxford, where he learned various electron microscopy techniques that he used to elucidate various aspects of the synaptic microcircuitry of the basal ganglia. After his postdoc training in Oxford, he spent a year in the laboratory of Professor Mahlon DeLong in Johns Hopkins University where he participated in electrophysiological studies of basal ganglia. He then joined the faculty in the Department of Anatomy of Laval University in Quebec where he spent five years (1991-1996) developing a research program that focused primarily on the synaptic organization of the basal ganglia.
In 1996, Dr. Smith moved to the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory, where his research program includes of a multidisciplinary team that uses techniques in neuroanatomy, electrophysiology and behavioral pharmacology to study the synaptic microcircuitry and plasticity of GABA and glutamate systems in the basal ganglia of pre-clinical models of Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Smith's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Parkinson Foundation and the Tourette Syndrome Association. He has published almost 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. He is the Neuropharmacology section editor of Neuroscience and he sits on the Editorial Board of three additional peer-reviewed international journals. He is a member of many grant review committees at national and international levels. Additionally he is director of the PhD Graduate Neuroscience Program at Emory University.