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Steven Prescott

Title:
Senior Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health
Designations:
MD CM, PhD
Phone:
416-436-7654 ext. 309451
Email:
steve.prescott@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact Name:
Diana Arthurs
Alternate Phone:
416-436-7654 ext. 309451
Alternate Email:
diana.arthurs@sickkids.ca
U of T Positions:
Professor, Department of Physiology

Biography

Dr. Steven Prescott graduated from the MD/PhD program at McGill University. His doctoral research focused on the spinal processing of pain signals. He then trained in computational neuroscience as a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute before starting his own lab at the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. 

In 2012, he returned to Canada, joining The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto. Since 2018, he has led the Neuroscience Platform in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto. 

Research

The Prescott Lab studies the neural basis of sensation. Specifically, they seek to decipher how somatosensory information is normally processed and how disruption of that processing causes chronic pain in order to identify novel and fundamentally more effective ways of treating pain. 

Their research synergistically combines computational simulations, mathematical analysis and diverse experimental techniques including in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, calcium imaging and optogenetics. This interdisciplinary approach reflects Dr. Prescott’s own training as a clinician, theorist and experimentalist.   

Education and experience

  • 19921996: B.Sc. (Hons), Dept of Biology, McGill, Montreal, Quebec 
  • 19961997: M.Sc., Dept of Biology, McGill, Montreal, Quebec 
  • 19962005: MD CM, Faculty of Medicine, McGill, Montreal, Quebec 
  • 19992005: PhD, Dept of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill, Montreal, Quebec 
  • 20052008: Postdoctoral fellow, Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA 
  • 20082012: Assistant Professor, Dept of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • 20122015: Scientist, Neurosciences and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON 
  • 20122015: Assistant Professor, Dept of Physiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON 
  • 2015Present: Senior Scientist, Neurosciences and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON 
  • 20152020: Associate Professor, Dept of Physiology and Inst of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON 
  • 2018Present: Head, Neuroscience Platform, Dept of Physiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON 
  • 2020Present: Professor, Dept of Physiology and Inst of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON 

Achievements

  • Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
  • New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research 
  • 53rd Mallinckrodt Scholar Award
  • Rita Allen Foundation Scholar in Pain Award
  • Human Frontiers Long-term Fellow

Publications

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