Two internationally renowned clinical experts have joined the Focused Ultrasound Foundation’s Movement Disorders Steering Committee, the advisory group that is guiding focused ultrasound research related to Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and other movement disorders.
Jin Woo Chang, MD, PhD of Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea – One of the most distinguished and influential neuosurgeons in Korea and the Asia Pacific Region, Chang serves as professor and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and is director of the Brain Research Institute at Yonsei. He is president of several medical societies, including the Korean Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, the International Society of Reconstructive Neurosurgery and the Asian Australasian Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He is also vice secretary and treasurer of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.
Chang is currently serving as principal investigator of a pilot clinical trial using focused ultrasound to treat essential tremor.
Joseph Jankovic, MD of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas – An internationally recognized movement disorders expert, Jankovic is a professor of Neurology and Distinguished Chair in Movement Disorders at Baylor. He is also the founder and director of the Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic and co-director of Parkinson's Disease Research Laboratory.
Jankovic has been the principal investigator of more than a hundred clinical trials, and his pioneering research on drugs for Parkinsonian disorders and hyperkinetic movement disorders has led to their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is a past president of the Movement Disorder Society, and an Honorary Member of the American Neurological Association.
In his advisory roles, Jankovic serves as a member of the executive scientific advisory board of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the National Parkinson Foundation Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board. He has served on editorial boards of Neurology, Movement Disorders, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, Journal of Neurological Sciences,Neurology Medlink, Clinical Neuropharmacology, Neurotherapeutic, Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, Journal of Parkinson’s Disease and other journals.
Other steering committee members: Frederick Wooten, Jr., MD of the University of Virginia (Chairman); Antonio DeSalles, MD, PhD of the University of California Los Angeles; W. Jeffrey Elias, MD of the University of Virginia; Andres Lozano, MD, PhD of the University of Toronto; and James C. Torner, PhD of the University of Iowa.