Berge A. Minassian, M.D., is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, and Neuroscience at UT Southwestern. He is the Division Chief of Child Neurology and serves on the faculty of the Children's Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Minassian is a pediatric neurologist whose clinical specialties are epilepsy, neurodegenerative diseases, and neurogenetic conditions. Two of his primary interests have been Lafora disease, for which his lab discovered the genes, and adult polyglucosan body disease.

He has published more than 120 scholarly articles and authored or contributed to 10 books, and his many professional honors include the Jacob's Ladder 2014 Norman Saunders International Research Prize for Outstanding Scientist, the American Academy of Neurology 2007 Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award, the Canadian Paediatric Society 2008 Sanofi Pasteur Research Award, and the American Epilepsy Society 1996 Young Investigator Award. Dr. Minassian is a Fellow (Neurology) of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a founding member of the American Academy of Neurology’s Neurogenetics Section.


Medical School
McGill University Faculty of Medicine (1992)
University of Toronto Hospitals, Canada (1993), Internal Medicine
West Los Angeles VA Medical Center (1996), Neurology
University of Toronto, the Hospital for Sick Children (1997), Pediatric Neurology
University of Toronto, the Hospital for Sick Children (1998), Neurogenetics

Research Interest

  • Genes for the commonest epilepsies
  • Infantile Parkinson's disease
  • Lafora disease
  • Other human and canine disease genes
  • X-linked myopathy and excessive autophagy


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Germline and somatic mutations in STXBP1 with diverse neurodevelopmental phenotypes.
Uddin M, Woodbury-Smith M, Chan A, Brunga L, Lamoureux S, Pellecchia G, Yuen RKC, Faheem M, Stavropoulos DJ, Drake J, Hahn CD, Hawkins C, Shlien A, Marshall CR, Turner LA, Minassian BA, Scherer SW, Boelman C Neurol Genet 2017 Dec 3 6 e199
High Rate of Recurrent De Novo Mutations in Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies.
Hamdan FF, Myers CT, Cossette P, Lemay P, Spiegelman D, Laporte AD, Nassif C, Diallo O, Monlong J, Cadieux-Dion M, Dobrzeniecka S, Meloche C, Retterer K, Cho MT, Rosenfeld JA, Bi W, Massicotte C, Miguet M, Brunga L, Regan BM, Mo K, Tam C, Schneider A, Hollingsworth G, FitzPatrick DR, Donaldson A, Canham N, Blair E, Kerr B, Fry AE, Thomas RH, Shelagh J, Hurst JA, Brittain H, Blyth M, Lebel RR, Gerkes EH, Davis-Keppen L, Stein Q, Chung WK, Dorison SJ, Benke PJ, Fassi E, Corsten-Janssen N, Kamsteeg EJ, Mau-Them FT, Bruel AL, Verloes A, Õunap K, Wojcik MH, Albert DVF, Venkateswaran S, Ware T, Jones D, Liu YC, Mohammad SS, Bizargity P, Bacino CA, Leuzzi V, Martinelli S, Dallapiccola B, Tartaglia M, Blumkin L, Wierenga KJ, Purcarin G, O'Byrne JJ, Stockler S, Lehman A, Keren B, Nougues MC, Mignot C, Auvin S, Nava C, Hiatt SM, Bebin M, Shao Y, Scaglia F, Lalani SR, Frye RE, Jarjour IT, Jacques S, Boucher RM, Riou E, Srour M, Carmant L, Lortie A, Major P, Diadori P, Dubeau F, D'Anjou G, Bourque G, Berkovic SF, Sadleir LG, Campeau PM, Kibar Z, Lafrenière RG, Girard SL, Mercimek-Mahmutoglu S, Boelman C, Rouleau GA, Scheffer IE, Mefford HC, Andrade DM, Rossignol E, Minassian BA, Michaud JL Am. J. Hum. Genet. 2017 Nov 101 5 664-685
Hyperventilation-athetosis in ASXL3 deficiency (Bainbridge-Ropers) syndrome.
Dad R, Walker S, Scherer SW, Hassan MJ, Kang SY, Minassian BA Neurol Genet 2017 Oct 3 5 e189
Understanding the brain one amino acid at a time - The case of the FHF1 R52H encephalopathy.
Minassian BA Eur. J. Paediatr. Neurol. 2017 Sep 21 5 699-700
A novel image-based high throughput screening assay discovers therapeutic candidates for adult polyglucosan body disease.
Solemsky LJ, Khazanov N, Senderowitz H, Wang P, Minassian BA, Ferreira IM, Yue WW, Lossos A, Weil M, Kakhlon O Biochem. J. 2017 Aug


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

The history of progressive myoclonus epilepsies. In Progressive Myoclonus Epilepsies: State-of-the-Art

Genton P, Striano P, Minassian BA (2017). Montrouge, France, John Libbey Eurotext

Honors & Awards

  • “Jacob's Ladder International Research Prize” for Outstanding Scientist
    Norman Saunders (2014)
  • Leadership Award in E-Infrastructure
    Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION), in recognition of outstanding leadership in research and innovation in Ontario (2013)
  • Benjamin Boshes Memorial Lectureship, Keynote Speaker
    Israeli Neurological Association Annual Meeting (2011)
  • Canadian Paediatric Society Sanofi Pasteur Research Award
    For excellence in Canadian child health research (2008)
  • Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award
    American Academy of Neurology, for Independent contribution to epilepsy research (2007)
  • Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Neurogenetics
  • John Stobo Prichard Award
    International Child Neurology Association (2006)
  • Ted Hall Award, Best Biology Paper
    Microscopy Society of America, Annual Meeting (2005)
  • Certificate of Appreciation
    International Rett Syndrome Association (2004)
  • Certificate of Appreciation
    Batten's Disease Research and Support Association (2002)
  • Certificate of Appreciation
    Canadian Angelman Syndrome Society (2002-2004)
  • Certificate of Appreciation
    Angelman Syndrome Foundation (1997)
  • Young Investigator Award
    American Epilepsy Society (1996)
  • Certificate of Appreciation
    Canadian Angleman Syndrome Society (1995-1998)
  • Gertrude and Charles Clark Cancer Research Fellow
    Jewish General Hospital, McGill University (1987)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Academy of Neurology, Neurogenetics Section - Founding Member
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada