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Thomas Wichmann, M.D.
Director of the Emory Udall Center
Lead scientist, Project 2: Corticothalamic and Thalamocortical Interactions in Parkinsonian Monkeys

WichmannDr. Wichmann attended medical school in Freiburg (Germany) and received his medical degree in 1984.  This was followed by postdoctoral medical and research training in Germany and at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), and internship and Neurology residency training at Emory University (Atlanta, GA).  He has been a member of the movement disorder division in the Dept. of Neurology at Emory University since 1996.  He is currently a Professor of Neurology, and serves as the Associate Director of the movement disorder clinic at Emory.  His research focuses on electrophysiological and morphological changes in Parkinson’s disease, with the aim of developing new pharmacological or surgical interventions to help parkinsonian patients.  To learn more about Dr. Wichmann's research team, click here.

Dieter Jaeger, Ph.D.
Lead scientist, Project 1: Synaptic Integration of Cortical and Nigral Input in Parkinsonian Mouse Motor Thalamus

DieterDieter Jaeger received his college education with a specialization in Biochemistry in Tübingen, Germany. He joined the PhD program in neuroscience at the University of Michigan in 1984. His dissertation research investigated the function of the basal ganglia in behaving primates. Dr. Jaeger joined the California Institute of Technology as postdoctoral fellow in 1991, and pursued research in computer modeling and electrical recordings of single neurons. Dr. Jaeger joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at Emory University in 1997 and now is a full professor there. Dr. Jaeger also serves as the Director of the Emory / Georgia Tech NIH Blueprint training program in computational neuroscienceHis research is concerned with the single neuron and network function of basal ganglia and cerebellar brain structures. He combines methods of computer modeling with electrophysiological investigations.  To learn more about Dr. Jaeger's research team, click here.

Yoland Smith, Ph.D.
Lead Scientist, Project 3: Structural Pathology of the Motor Thalamo-Cortical-Thalmic System in Parkinson's Disease

Yoland SmithYoland Smith received his PhD degree in Neurobiology from Laval University, Quebec, Canada in 1988. 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 primate basal ganglia. He then spent two years of postdoctoral training at 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. 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 primate 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 normal monkeys and animal models of Parkinson's disease.  To learn more about Dr. Smith's research team, click here.

Adriana Galvan, Ph.D.
Director, Core B: Anatomy and Behavior Core
Key scientist, Project 2: Corticothalamic and Thalamocortical Interactions in Parkinsonian Monkeys

Adriana GalvanAdriana Galvan received her PhD in Neurosciences from the Center of Research and Advanced Studies, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, Mexico. She joined the labs of Drs. Smith and Wichmann in 2000, as a post-doc fellow, to study localization and functions of GABA receptors in monkeys. In 2009 she joined the Department of Neurology as junior faculty member.  Her research focuses on understanding neural transmission in the basal ganglia, both in normal and pathological conditions, using a variety of in vivo methodologies that include extracellular electrophysiological recordings, electrical stimulation, intracerebral microinjections, microdialysis and optogenetic technique.  To learn more about Dr. Galvan's research team, click here.