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Dr. Surmeier is the Nathan Smith Davis Professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and director of the Morris K. Udall Research Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research at Northwestern University. He received his PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Washington in 1983. In 1998, he moved to the Department of Physiology at Northwestern University and assumed his current position in 2001. The author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, Dr. Surmeier’s research program focuses on the basal ganglia—neural structures controlling movement and intimately involved in the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. He was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received many other scientific awards, including the NARSAD Established Investigator award and the Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award.