Yoland Smith

Yoland Smith got his PhD degree in Neurobiology from Laval University, Quebec, Canada in 1988. He then spent two years (1988-1990) of postdoctoral training in the Medical Research Council Unit in Oxford UK, and a final year in the laboratory of Professor Mahlon DeLong in Johns Hopkins University (1990-1991). During this time, he was trained as a system neuroscientist devoted to the understanding of the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease. After his stay at Johns Hopkins, he got his first faculty position 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 functional anatomy and synaptic plasticity of the primate basal ganglia in normal and parkinsonian states.

In 1996, he moved to the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Department of Neurology of Emory University in Atlanta where he is now a full Professor in the School of Medicine. Since he moved to Emory, he expanded significantly his research program which now relies on a multidisciplinary approach that combines neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, behavioral and imaging techniques to study the pathophysiology and the development of therapeutics for Parkinson’s disease, using nonhuman primates as an animal model of parkinsonism. His research is supported by grants from the National Institute of Health, the National Parkinson Foundation, the Tourette Syndrome Association, the Michael J Fox Foundation and the RJG Foundation. He is a member of the Emory University`s UDALL Center of Excellence for Parkinson`s disease. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. He has been section editor for the International IBRO journal “Neuroscience” and he sits on many reviewing committees and editorial boards of prestigious peer-review neuroscience-related journals. He has received various teaching and mentoring awards.

He has been the Director of the PhD Graduate Neuroscience Program of Emory University between 2005 and 2012, and a faculty member of the Emory Center for Ethics. He is actively involved in the development of Neuroethics education at Emory University. For the past four years, he has been working closely with members of the Center for Ethics to organize an Annual Neuroethics symposium, and has been actively involved in the introduction of neuroethics in the curriculum of the graduate neuroscience program. He is a member of the International Neuroethics Society and sits on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience.