Dr. Antonio P. Strafella is the Krembil-Rossy Chair in Molecular Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Neurology) at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, University of Toronto. He is a movement disorder neurologist in the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson's Disease and Morton & Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Clinic at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network (UHN).
He is the Chair of Research for the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto (UofT) & a Senior Scientist at the Krembil Brain Institute (KBI) at UHN and the Brain Health Imaging Centre at the Centre of Addiction Mental Health (CAMH). He is a faculty member of the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) at UofT.
On the national front, Dr. Strafella is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) and currently serves on its Governance and Finance Board. He serves as well on the Advisory Board of the CIHR-Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), and the Board Directors of Parkinson Canada.
Internationally, Dr. Strafella is the Chair the Neuroimaging Task Force endorsed by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS). He is involved in several other commitments with the MDS, World Federation of Neurology, and over the years been invited to participate in panels for various funding agencies (e.g. CIHR, National Institute Health (NIH), Michael J. Fox Foundation, US-National Parkinson Foundation, etc.).
The focus of his research is on Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonism using advanced neuroimaging technology and novel PET radio-ligands. He is using a number of PET tracers and novel radio-ligands combined with MRI techniques to investigate the pathophysiology of motor, cognitive and behavioural symptoms in Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonisms.
Dr. Strafella’s research studies have been funded by several granting agencies including CIHR, CFI, Parkinson Canada, National Parkinson Foundation-US, Parkinson Disease Foundation-US, Tourette Syndrome Association-US, E. J. Safra Foundation, Ontario Gambling Research Centre and the Canada Research Chair Program.