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Dr. Zelma Kiss

Position: 

Associate Professor

Phone: 
(403) 944-8602
Address: 

Office: HRIC 1AC58
3280 Hospital Drive NW Calgary, AB T2N 4N1

Research Activities: 

Dr. Kiss’s research aims have focused on the mechanisms of action of deep brain stimulation (DBS). DBS is a neural prosthesis that modulates specific brain nuclei and pathways to restore or improve movement disorders such as Parkinson disease, dystonia and tremor. Her lab uses slice electrophysiology, behaviour, optical imaging, and immunohistochemistry in rodents to unravel how DBS works, in parallel to studies in humans who have DBS surgery. She collaborates with colleagues in biomedical engineering (Dr. Murari) to develop chronic models of DBS in rodents and veterinarian medicine (Dr. Whelan) to develop new targets for DBS. Recent research has extended to the development of neural prostheses to restore somatosensory function, psychiatric indications such as depression, and new neuromodulation therapies for pain.

In addition, Dr. Kiss is a functional & stereotactic neurosurgeon treating movement disorders, psychiatric conditions, epilepsy and pain, including trigeminal neuralgia and headache. She directs the Neuromodulation Program for Alberta Health Services Calgary. Dr. Kiss is actively involved in training of residents, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students and both established and directs the University of Calgary Royal College Clinician Investigator Program.

Research Areas: 
electrophysiology
neuromodulation
optical imaging
biomedical imaging
biomedical engineering
neural prostheses
depression
movement disorders
pain
Publications: 

PubMed: Click here

Degrees: 
  • M.D. (Doctor of Medicine)
  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Associations & Fellowships: 
  • FRCSC
Administrative Assistant: 

Sue Nelson
HRIC 1AC62
3280 Hospital Dr. NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 4N1

phone: 403-220-5572
email: nelsons@ucalgary.ca