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Department of Neurology

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Ivan Bodis-Wollner, MD, DSc


Neurology and Ophthalmology Departments

Director, Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders Clinic, Center of Excellence


Ivan Bodis-Wollner, MD, DSc, is a graduate of the University of Vienna, Austria. He was a student in Physiology at Cambridge University, England, and a graduate student at the Department of Machine Intelligence and Perception, Edinburgh University (UK). Internship and neurology residency were both completed at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY, where he obtained a tenured professorship in Neurology and was Co-Director of the Parkinson Disease and Related Disorders Center. Currently Dr. Bodis-Wollner is currently Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical School. In 1995 his basic research in Parkinson's Disease and clinical work gained his clinic at Kings County Hospital designation as a Parkinson's Disease Center of Excellence by the National Parkinson Foundation.

Honors received include a Fogarty Senior Fellowship (1986), Humboldt Research Prize (1993), Doctor Honoris Causa from Szeged University, Hungary, and membership in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2001). He is an elected member of the American Neurological Association (ANA), corresponding member of the Clinical Neurophysiology Association of Germany and member of the German Parkinson Disease Society. He is a current Fellow of the Hanse Institue for Advanced Studies of Germany.

Dr. Bodis-Wollner is a member of the World Federation of Neurology Research Committee on Parkinson Disease and Related Disorders, and co-chairman of the Non-Motor Executive Committee of the Parkinson Study Group -PSG- (Rochester, NY). He is the president of the Electroencephalography and Clinical Neuroscience (ECNS) Society, Chairman of the Board of the International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease (IFOND).

Neurologists who have worked in his lab are Directors of PD Programs at Johns Hopkins, New York University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and neurology Chairmen and Faculty members at several medical schools.

He has published well over 100 research studies in peer reviewed journals including Nature, Science, Journal of Physiology, Brain, Annals of Neurology.

Recent publications:

  1. Bodis-Wollner I (2008) Pre-emptive Perception Perception 3: 263-278.
  2. Forgacs P, von Gizycki H , Selesnick I , Syed N, Ebrahim K , Avitable M, Amassian V, Lytton W and Bodis-Wollner I (2008) Perisaccadic Parietal and Occipital Gamma Power in Light and in Complete Darkness. Perception 3:419-432.
  3. Amassian V, Mari Z, Sagliocco L, Hassan N, Maccabee P, Cracco JB, Cracco RQ, BodisWollner I (2008) Perception of phosphenes and flashed alphabetical characters is enhanced by single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation of anterior frontal lobe: the thalamic gate hypothesis. Perception 3:389-400.
  4. Antal A, Terney D and Bodis-Wollner I (2008) Parkinson's Disease, Aging and Visual Cognition. J. Gerontology 41:166-182
  5. Rieger JW, Kim A, Argyelan M, Farber M, Glazman S, Liebeskind M, Bodis-Wollner I (2008) Cortical Control of Voluntary Saccades in Parkinson's Disease. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience 39:169-174.
  6. Rieger J ,Schoenfeld A , Heinze HJ and Bodis-Wollner I, (2008) Different spatial organization of saccade related BOLD-activation in parietal and striate cortex. Brain Research 1233:89-97.
  7. Balazs S, Stepan C, Binder H, Von Gizycki H, Avitable M, Obersteiner A, Rattay F, Seleznick I, Bodis-Wollner I (2006). Conjugate eye movements and gamma power modulation of the EEG in persistent vegetative state. Journal of the Neurological Sciences 246:65-69.
  8. Bodis-Wollner I and Jo M-Y (2006) Getting around and communicating with the environment: visual cognition and language in Parkinson's Disease. J Neural Transm Suppl 70:333-338.
  9. Lalli S, Hussain Z, Ayub A, Cracco RQ, Bodis-Wollner I, Amassian VE (2006). Role of the calcarine cortex (V1) in perception of visual cues for saccades. Clinical Neurophysiology 117: 2030-2038