Dr. Alon Friedman is a Professor of Neuroscience and Dennis Chair in Epilepsy Research at Dalhousie University in Halifax and a Professor in the Department Brain and Cognitive Sciences, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
He completed his medical and doctoral training at Ben-Gurion University and did his residency training in neurosurgery at Soroka University Medical Center in Israel. He did his post-doctoral training at the Charité Medical University in Berlin, Germany as an Alexander von-Humboldt fellow.
He has achieved different awards on his work, the most prominent are the international Michael prize for Epilepsy Research, Mercator Professorship at the Charité Medical University in Berlin, the Foulkes Foundation Research Award (London, UK).
His research is focused on exploring the interactions between the vascular and neuronal systems within the CNS and specifically on the involvement of microvascular pathology and blood-brain barrier dysfunction in the pathogenesis of injury-related epilepsy and neurodegeneration.
With over 130 peer-reviewed publications, and more than 40 graduate students supervised in his labs, Dr. Friedman and his teams have significantly contributed to the understanding of the role of microvascular dysfunction in diseases of the brain. His multidisciplinary research groups in both Israel and Canada are developing novel methodologies for the early diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.