Stephen Gomperts, MD , PhD was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed medical school and graduate school in Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed internship at the Mayo Clinic; then, he completed residency in Neurology at the joint Partners Neurology Residency Program of the Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's hospitals. He completed clinical fellowships in Memory Disorders as well as in Movement Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
ResearchDr. Gomperts's clinical and basic research focuses on Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and Alzheimer's disease. In human studies, he explores the basis for cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies with brain imaging of pathogenic processes, such as the accumulation of beta-amyloid and the loss of dopamine neurons projecting to brain regions that subserve cognition. In animal models, he uses large scale, multi-electrode recordings of brain cell activity together with optogenetic tools to investigate how Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and Alzheimer's disease impair brain function.
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