Doctor José A. Obeso

Director of the A.C.HM CINAC. Integral Neurosciences Centre

He graduated from the University of Navarra in 1976 and specialised in Neurology and Neurophysiology in San Sebastian and Pamplona. From 1980 to 1982 he worked as a collaborating researcher on movement disorders under the guidance of Professor Marsden in London.

From his beginnings in clinical practice he has dedicated himself to the treatment of patients with movement disorders, in particular Parkinson’s disease and to research, both clinical and in the laboratory. He has been a pioneer in the development of the ‘Continuous ­­­­­­Dopaminergic Stimulation’ concept for Parkinson’s and has played a significant role in the recent revitalising of surgical treatments for said illness. In fact, his main research subject at present concentrates on defining the factors and characteristics that make dopaminergic neurones vulnerable in Parkinson’s disease, in order to find treatments that will detain the progress of this neurodegenerative disease.

During his professional career he has published more than 300 research articles and has reviewed another 90. Furthermore, he has edited 18 specialised books and articles in medical journals and magazines and has contributed to the development of 98 chapters in books. The main subjects of these publications have been physiopathology and the treatment of myoclonus and dystonia, the origin and treatment of the dyskinesias in Parkinson’s Disease, the physiopathology of the ganglia, experimental models of Parkinson’s Disease and the surgical treatment of the disease.