Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD

Duke University

Nicole Calakos, M.D., Ph.D. is a physician-scientist who studies mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the basal ganglia circuitry and how its dysfunction contributes to neurological disease. She is currently Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology and Chief of the Movement Disorders division in Neurology at Duke University Medical Center. Her team develops advanced methodologies to measure basal ganglia physiology and plasticity. Using these approaches, her team has found new circuit mechanisms and molecular cellular substrates for habit learning, pathological compulsive behavior and dystonia. Dr. Calakos has served on the ANA Board of Directors, and currently advises for Duke’s Institute for Brain Sciences, dystonia foundations and NIH study sections.