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Dr. Alexander Shtilbans is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders Institute of Weil Cornell Medical College. He is a Movement Disorders specialist whose clinical and research interests are in the area of Neurodegenerative diseases in general and in Parkinson disease and ALS in particular. Having started out as a molecular biologist in Neuroscience, after obtaining his Ph.D., he had transitioned into clinical Neurology to work with patients and to better understand the clinical course of the diseases. Dr. Shtilbans received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he also completed his residency in Neurology and served as a chief resident. Subsequently, he completed his clinical fellowship in Movement Disorders at Columbia University. Dr. Shtilbans has a longstanding interest in translational research and currently leads several NIH-funded clinical trials on Parkinson's Disease as a principal investigator and also is involved in studies on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. As a physician scientist, Dr. Shtilbans is interested in developing new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. His goal is to better understand molecular mechanisms of the neurodegenerative processes by being actively involved in both clinical and basic science research. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and received awards from the American Academy of Neurology.