Erik Pioro

Degrees / Credentials

MD, University of Calgary
PhD, University of Oxford


Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

ALS Society of BC Professorship in ALS Research


Full Member

Dr. Pioro is a Professor of Neurology at the UBC Department of Medicine and also holds the ALS Society of BC Professorship in ALS Research. Dr. Pioro is a clinician-scientist with expertise in neuromuscular neurology who diagnoses and cares for patients with ALS and related disorders. His research program focuses on neuroimaging changes in patients with ALS and understanding their molecular underpinnings. He has additional interests in the genetics of ALS and the role of misfolded proteins (e.g., TDP-43) in ALS.

Dr. Pioro received his MD from the University of Calgary and his PhD from the University of Oxford. He completed his Neurology Residency at the MNI, McGill University with additional training in MRI there, and in neuropathology at the Mayo Clinic. After a neuromuscular/EMG fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Pioro directed the Section of ALS & Related Disorders as the Barry Winovich Endowed Chair in ALS Research at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. In that role over two decades, he diagnosed and managed over 2500 patients with ALS, was PI on several ALS clinical trials, and performed both wet lab- and imaging-based research. He has been awarded and published extensively, receiving NIH and other agency funding.

Just prior to coming to UBC, Dr. Pioro served as the Les Turner ALS Foundation/Herbert C Wenske Professor of Neurology, Vice-Chair of Translational Neurology, and Medical Director of Neuromuscular Diseases in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University.

Dr. Pioro is committed to developing an ALS clinical trial group at UBC that would allow patients with ALS to participate in trials testing potential novel therapies.

Contact Info

Mailing Address
3439-2215 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3