Alfonso Fasano, MD, PhD, is author of more than 180 papers in international journals with peer-review. He graduated from the Catholic University of Rome, Italy, in 2002 and became a neurologist in 2007. After a 2-year fellowship at the University of Kiel, Germany, he completed a PhD in neuroscience at the Catholic University of Rome. In 2013 he joined the Movement Disorder Centre at Toronto Western Hospital, where he is the co-director of the surgical program for movement disorders. He is also an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto and clinician investigator at the Krembil Research Institute. His awards and honors include the Andrea Bocelli Award for Young Investigators from the European Federation of Neurological Societies in 2009 and Best PhD Thesis Prize at Catholic University in 2012.
Dr. Fasano’s research interests include phenomenology, neurophysiology and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, tremor and dystonia; infusion pumps and deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease, tremor and dystonia; and gait disorders. The pathophysiological mechanisms behind clinical phenomena represent his principal field of interest. Indeed, unmet clinical needs drive his research as a profound understanding of such mechanisms is the first step in the formulation of the right answers. Presently, he is principal investigator of several clinical trials.