A Jon Stoessl

Professor & Head, Neurology
Degrees / Designations 


Email Address 
Mailing Address 
Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre 2221 Wesbrook Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5


Academic Appointment 
Diagnosis and Therapy 
Rehabilitation Intervention
Other Areas of Research 
Placebo effect

Jon Stoessl is Professor & Head of Neurology and directs the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre and National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence at UBC & Vancouver Coastal Health. He holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Parkinson’s and has directed a CIHR Team in Parkinson’s, a Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation Centre grant on Overlap Syndromes Resulting in Dementia and a Michael Smith Foundation Research Unit. Dr. Stoessl sits on the editorial boards of Annals of Neurology, Lancet Neurology, Parkinsonism & Related Disorders and Translational Neurodegeneration, and has served on numerous scientific advisory boards. He is the past Chair of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Parkinson Society of Canada and Ontario Mental Health Foundation and recently completed a term chairing the Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee of the Canada Research Chairs program. He serves on the International Executive Committee of the Movement Disorders Society, the Board of the Association of Parkinonism & Related Disorders, and chairs the Awards Committee of the MDS and the Mentoring Committee of the Parkinson Study Group. He co-chairs the Steering Committee for the World Parkinson Congress to be held in Montreal in October 2013. He is a Member of the Order of Canada. Dr. Stoessl’s research involves the use of positron emission tomography to study Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, including the use of imaging as a biomarker, the basis for complications of treatment and mechanisms of the placebo effect. He has published more than 245 papers and book chapters.

Current Projects 

* Evolution of preclinical Parkinson's
* Dopamine turnover in LRRK2 Parkinson's
* Dopaminergic basis for depression in Parkinson's
* Overlap syndromes resulting in dementia
* Role of serotonergic innervation in motor and non-motor complications of Parkinson's
* Exercise benefit in Parkinson's