Dr. Peter Stys

Professor, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Stys is a neurologist/basic neuroscientist and a world leader in the study of mechanisms of nerve fiber injury in the nervous system. He completed his neurology training at the University of Toronto in 1988 and a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University in 1992. He is currently Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and a stroke neurologist with the Calgary Stroke Program.

In addition to his clinical work in stroke, he also runs a basic science lab specializing in research on Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, using advanced microscopy techniques. Using customized imaging hardware and computer algorithms written in-house he and his team are developing a blood-based biomarker to diagnose Alzheimer’s at its earliest stages when therapeutic benefit may be the greatest.

He has published over 100 scientific articles in prestigious journals such as Nature, and his work has been supported by agencies such as Canadian Institutes for Health Research, National Institutes of Health, MS Society of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. He holds a Canada Research Chair and the Leblanc Chair for Spinal Cord Research. In recognition of this scientific contributions, he was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 2013.

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