MD (University of Ottawa),
PhD, FRCSC (University of Toronto)
Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary
CIHR Clinician-Scientist Phase II (2004-2010)
AHFMR Clinical-Investigator (2003-2009)
AHFMR Clinical Scholar (2009-2016)

(trainees underlined):


Kiss ZHT, Mooney DM, Renaud LP, Hu B: Neuronal response to local electrical stimulation in rat thalamus: Physiological implications for mechanisms of deep brain stimulation.Neuroscience 113(1):137-143, 2002.

Kiss Z: Everything old is new again? Letter,Science 297(5580): 335-336, 2002.


Kiss ZHT, Anderson TR, Hansen T, Kirstein DD, Suchowersky O, Hu B: Neural substrates of microstimulation-evoked tingling: A chronaxie study in human somatosensory thalamus. Eur J Neurosci 18(3):728-732, 2003.

Kiss ZHT, Wilkinson M, Krcek J, Suchowersky O, Hu B, Murphy W, Hobson D, Tasker RR: Is the target for thalamic DBS the same as for thalamotomy? Mov Disord18(10):1169-75,  2003.

Kiss ZHT, Davis KD, Tasker RR, Lozano AM, Hu B, Dostrovsky JO: Kinaesthetic neurons in thalamus of humans  with and without tremor. Exp Brain Res 105(1): 85-94, 2003.


Anderson TR, Hu B, Pittman Q, Kiss ZHT: Mechanisms of deep brain stimulation: An intracellular study in rat thalamus. J Physiol 559(Pt 1):301-313, 2004.

Kiss ZHT, Doig K, Eliasziw M, Ranawaya R, Suchowersky O: The Canadian multicentre trial of pallidal deep brain stimulation for cervical dystonia: Preliminary results in three patients. Neurosurg Focus 17(1): E5, 32-38, 2004.

Kiss ZHT: Therapeutic brain stimulation - Both excitation and inhibition required (Editorial). Can J Neurol Sci 31(3): 293-294, 2004.           


Hunka K, Suchowersky O, Wood S, Derwent L, Kiss ZHT: Nursing time to program and assess deep brain stimulators in movement disorder patients. J Neurosci Nursing 37(4): 204-210, 2005.


Anderson TR, Hu B, Iremonger KJ, Kiss ZHT: Selective attenuation of afferent synaptic transmission as a mechanism of thalamic deep brain stimulation induced tremor arrest. J Neurosci 26(3): 841-850, 2006.

Setiawan M, Kraft S, Doig K, Hunka K, Haffenden A, Trew ME, Longman S, Ranawaya R, Furtado JCS, Lee RG, Suchowersky O, Kiss ZHT: Referrals for movement disorder surgery: Under-representation of females and reasons for refusal. Can J Neurol Sci 33(1): 53-57, 2006.

Iremonger KJ, Anderson TR, Hu B, Kiss ZHT: Cellular mechanisms preventing sustained activation of cortex during subcortical high frequency stimulation. J Neurophysiol 96(2): 613-621, 2006. (Cited by Faculty of 1000 Biology as highly innovative)


Haffenden A, Khan U, Kiss ZHT, Suchowersky O: Surgery for Parkinson’s disease improves disability but not impairment components of the UPDRS-II. Parkinsonism Relat Disord 13(7):399-405, 2007.

Kiss ZHT: Bilateral pallidal neurostimulation – long-term motor and cognitive effects in primary generalized dystonia. Peer reviewed Editorial/Comment. Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 3(9):482-3, 2007.

Kiss ZHT, Doig-Beyaert K, Eliasziw M, Tsui J, Haffenden AM, Suchowersky O, for the Canadian Neurosurgical Society Stereotactic/Functional Section and the Canadian Movement Disorders Group. The Canadian multicentre study of deep brain stimulation for cervical dystonia. Brain 130 (Pt 11):2879-2886, 2007.


Kiss ZHT, Anderson TR: Cellular mechanisms of action of therapeutic brain stimulation, Chapter 2 in Bronzino JD and  DiLorenzo DJ (Eds): Neuroengineering, CRC Press / Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, chapt 2, pp 2.1-2.20, 2008.


Young CK, Koke SJ, Kiss ZHT, Bland BH: Deep brain stimulation of the posterior hypothalamic nucleus reverses akinesia in bilaterally 6-hydroxydopamine lesioned rats. Neuroscience 162 (1): 1-4, 2009.

Denheyer M, Kiss ZHT, Haffenden AM: Behavioral effects of subthalamic deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychologia 47(14): 3203-9, 2009.

Oropilla JQ, Diesta CC, Itthimethan P, Suchowersky O, Kiss ZHT: Both thalamic and pallidal DBS for myoclonic dystonia. J Neurosurg 112 (6): 1267-70, 2010.

Lu C, Bharmal A, Kiss ZHT, Suchowersky O, Haffenden AM: Attention and reach-to-grasp movements in Parkinson disease. Exp Brain Res 205 (1): 69-80, 2010.

Heming E, Sanden A, Kiss ZHT: Designing a somatosensory neural prosthesis: Percepts evoked by different patterns of thalamic stimulation. J Neural Eng 7(6): 64001, 2010.

Heming EA, Choo R, Davies JN, Kiss ZHT: Designing a thalamic somatosensory neural prosthesis: Consistency and persistence of percepts evoked by electrical stimulation. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng 19(5):477-82, 2011.


Kiss ZHT, Dostrovsky JO, Tasker RR: Plasticity in human somatosensory thalamus as a result of deafferentation. Stereot Funct Neurosurg 62:153-163, 1994.

Lozano AM, Hutchison WD, Kiss ZHT, Tasker RR, Davis KD, Dostrovsky JO: Methods for microelectrode-guided posteroventral pallidotomy. J Neurosurg 84:194-202, 1996.

Davis KD, Kiss ZHT, Luo L, Tasker RR, Lozano AM, Dostrovsky JO: Phantom sensations generated by thalamic microstimulation. Nature 391:385-387, 1998.

Canadian Association of Neuroscience
, Neurobiology Review Course speaker: “Physiological basis for surgical interventions in movement disorders”
Ottawa, Ontario 13 Jun 2000

McGill Pain Rounds: “Pain neurosurgery: Does it work? And why not? ”
Montréal, Québec 5 Feb 2003

CCNS Neuroanatomy Review Course: “The basal ganglia and thalamus: Surgical Aspects” Québec, Québec 18 Jun 2003

Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds: “Therapeutic brain stimulation - Applications and potential”
Baltimore, USA 20 Jan 2005

American Association of Neurological Surgeons Moderator Breakfast Seminar: “Current surgical alternatives and complications in the treatment of Parkinson's disease” New Orleans, USA 20 Apr 2005

International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society meeting, Chair and Speaker for Special Session: “Deep brain stimulation and neural plasticity in the human: How electrical stimulation affects thalamocortical neurons
Montréal , Québec 6 Jul 2005

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic Neural Prosthesis Seminar: “Therapeutic brain stimulation - Applications, mechanisms, and potential”
Cleveland, USA 17 March 2006         

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Symposium, Moderated by Rusty Gage: “Smart Prosthetics:  Interfaces to the Nervous System to Restore Independence”
San Francisco, USA 16 Feb 2007

The National Academies Presidents’ Circle Meeting: “Communicating with the Brain - Restoring function in brain disorders”
Wood’s Hole, USA 11 Jun 2007

University of Alberta Neuroscience Graduate Students Seminar: “Therapeutic brain stimulation: What it does, how it does it, and what it could potentially do”
Edmonton, Alberta 19 Jun 2008

University of Minnesota Neurology Grand Rounds: “Therapeutic brain stimulation and beyond, toward neural prostheses”
Minneapolis, USA 20 Nov 2008

Indo-Canadian Neuro Update: “Outcomes of DBS for PD” and  “DBS surgery and microelectrode recording in cervical dystonia and tremor”
Kolkata, India 22-24 Jan 2009

World Society for Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN) quadrennial conference, Moderator Breakfast Seminar: “Psychiatric Neurosurgery and Society: Worldwide Experience”
Toronto, Ontario 26 May 2009

Canadian Federation of Neurological Sciences, Invited speaker for the What’s new in neurosurgery symposium: “Novel indications for DBS and neuromodulation”
Halifax, Nova Scotia 12 Jun 09
Canadian Neuromodulation Society, Keynote speaker: “The basic science of deep brain stimulation”
Halifax, Nova Scotia 13-14 Jun 09

XIV Congress of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS), Speaker for Breakfast Seminar on Surgical treatment of dystonia: “DBS for cervical and myoclonic dystonia”
Boston, USA 2 Sep 09

31st International Conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), Speaker for Minisymposium on Neuromodulation: “Clinical and experimental aspects of deep brain stimulation”
Minneapolis, USA 4 Sep 09

Congress of Neurological Surgeons practical course on DBS: “The Dystonias: Indications and Emerging Applications”, Washington, DC 2 Oct 2011

Killam lecture Montreal Neurological Institute: “Why therapeutic electrical brain stimulation improves movement disorders”, Montreal 25 Oct 2011




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