2017 Graduate Student Award

Optimal Deep Brain Stimulation

Dr. Alexandre Boutet | University of Toronto

$30,000 (2 years) Student Award in Honor of Isabel M. Cerny

Demystifying neuromodulation of dysfunctional brain circuits in Parkinson’s disease patients with deep brain stimulation using high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Dr. Boutet is a diagnostic radiology resident and PhD at this at the University of Toronto. He is part of the clinician investigator program; a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program for MD’s considering a research-oriented career.

His research is focused on trying to find the optimal deep brain stimulation (DBS) programming for patients with Parkinson’s disease based on MRI, thus easing the current burdensome postoperative process. Dr. Boutet was inspired to study Parkinson’s disease due to his volunteer work with neurodegenerative diseases during medical school.