Melvin Yahr Award Lecture
IAPRD 2023 Melvin Yahr Award Lecture
Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Bonifati
Award Lecture: Deciphering the genetic code of movement disorders
Saturday, 13 May 2023, 17:15 – 19:00
Session: Opening Ceremony / IAPRD Lifetime Achievement Award / Melvin Yahr Lecture
Vincenzo Bonifati received his MD and neurology certification from the University of Roma, Italy. After many years of clinical work dedicated to patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, in 2000 he moved to the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where in 2003 he received his PhD in human molecular genetics, and was later appointed as Associate Professor and, since 2012, Full Professor in Genetics of Movement Disorders.
His research focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, by the identification of disease-causing genetic variants and the characterization of their molecular pathways.
His work led to the discovery of the genetic defects underlying several forms of hereditary parkinsonism, dystonia, and other movement disorders.
He published more than 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has an H-index of 67. His work has been cited more than 19,000 times so far. (source: Scopus)
He is co-Editor-in-Chief of Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, and has served as Councilor of the International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (IAPRD). He also served as the Chair of the Congress Scientific Program Committee of the International Parkinson and Movement disorder Society (MDS, 2020-2021).