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Mahlon DeLong, MD

Professor
Department of Neurology

Biography

Mahlon DeLong is the W. P. Timmie Professor of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, He serves as the Scientific Director of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation and Director of the APDA Advanced Center for Parkinson Research at Emory.  He is a co-director and founder of ENTICe (Emory Neuromodulation and Technology Innovation Center), whose goal is to foster the development of innovative neuromodulation technologies for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

In a series of pioneering physiologic studies, DeLong’s research identified parallel brain circuits involving the cerebral cortex and the basal ganglia, and thalamus  serving movement, executive and mood/reward functions. His studies helped to characterize the circuit disturbances underlying basal ganglia disorders such as parkinsonism and demonstrated the abolition of parkinsonism with focal inactivation of nodes of the basal ganglia motor circuit, in particular the subthalamic nucleus.  These studies, which provided novel targets, physiologic guidance and a clear rational, for surgical approaches, contributed to the revival and development of neurosurgical treatments for Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.  He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the field including the Breakthrough Prize in Neuroscience (2013), the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Research Award (2015), which he shared with Alim Benabid and the Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science, 2015