Colum MacKinnon, PhD
Dr. MacKinnon is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine with a cross appointment to Neurology. He obtained his PhD in Physiology from the University of Toronto, Canada, and conducted postdoctoral training in movement disorders at the Institute of Neurology in London. He has also worked in the Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.
His research is focused on understanding the pathophysiological basis for the movement impairments observed in people with Parkinson’s disease and dystonia and the development and testing of novel treatments for these disorders. He is currently examining the effect of Deep Brain Stimulation on the control of movement and posture; factors contributing to slowness in Parkinson’s disease and dystonia; and the interactions between sleep and movement disorders in patients with PD. In the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, he serves as the clinical neurophysiologist for the Deep Brain Stimulation neurosurgery team.