Dr. David Park

Professor and Assistant Dean of Research, University of Ottawa

Dr. David S. Park completed his PhD in biochemistry at Rutgers University and then continued on to complete his post-doctoral training in neurobiology at Columbia University before becoming an Ottawa-based neuroscientist.  He is the current Director of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI) and the Co-Director of the Ottawa-based Parkinson Research Consortium (PRC). Dr. Park is a Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa and an elected Royal Society of Canada Fellow. He is a Heart and Stroke Career Investigator and has received numerous awards and recognitions.  He serves on various external grant panel evaluation committees (CIHR, HSF, NSERC) and editorial boards, such as, the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Neurochemistry. He is an active member of the Network of Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (COEN), the EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research, and was a recent World Class University (WCU) scholar.

Dr. Park is an internationally recognized expert in molecular neuroscience, whose research primarily focuses on understanding the cellular mechanisms involved in neuronal injury and death, particularly in regards to Parkinson`s disease (PD) and stroke. His work in PD focuses on the study of genetically-linked causes of the disease, mutations in the: DJ-1, Pink1, Parkin and LRRK2 genes, specifically, and on toxin-induced Parkinsonism. Dr. Park has published extensively on mitochondrial deficits in the genetic contexts, as well as, general mechanisms that can contribute to PD-related cell death outcomes (oxidative stress, inflammation and cell signaling). With regards to his stroke studies, Dr. Park focuses much of his efforts understanding the role of cell cycle machinery in post-stroke death and survival in order to better understand mechanisms that will contribute to improved neuronal recovery. The majority of Dr. Park’s work employs primary neuronal cultures and animal models of disease.

Dr. Park is an expert in encouraging, welcoming and establishing long-term, fruitful collaborations that greatly enhance the scientific experience and advancement of the research field. His work has been successfully published in high impact journals, such as, Nature Cell Biology, Neuron, PNAS, J. Cell Biology, J. Neuroscience and Human Molecular Genetics.

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