Western University, Canada - London Ontario

| Monday August 21, 2017
7:48 PM

Academic Appointment

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences and the Brain and Mind Institute, Western University

Bio Sketch

Dr. MacDonald received her PhD in cognition at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Colin MacLeod prior to completing medical school at McMaster University and residency training in Neurology at McGill University. She pursued clinical and research fellowship training in Movement Disorders as a Canadian Institutes of Health, Phase 1 Clinician-Scientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute and the Centre de Recherche de l'Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal from October 2008- July 2011.


The focus of Dr. MacDonald's research is on understanding the neural bases for cognitive processes with particular interest in defining the unique role of the basal ganglia. A further interest is in understanding the cognitive features of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Corticobasal Ganglionic Degeneration, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, and Multiple Systems atrophy, as well as the effect of medication on cognition in these patient groups. Increasingly, cognitive impairments are recognized in most of these conditions although definitive cognitive profiles have not yet been elaborated. The research combines neuropsychological tests that probe different facets of cognition, with functional neuroimaging techniques in healthy volunteers and patients. The aim is to uncover the neural structures that mediate different cognitive processes and how these processes are impaired in various disease states.

For more information, please go to www.pennymacdonald.net

Penny A. MacDonald

Medical Interests

  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Movement Disorders

Office Contact Information

  • Phone:519 663 - 3631
  • Address:


339 Windermere Road
London, Ontario,
Canada N6A 5A5