Prof. Benatar is Professor of Neurology and the Chief of the Neuromuscular Division in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami. He is also the first incumbent of the Walter Bradey Chair in ALS Research. Prof. Benatar earned his Medical Degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and his PhD in Neuroscience at Oxford University, UK. He also has a Masters in Schience in Clinical Research from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Professor Benatar leads an active program of clinical and translational research that encompasses clinical trials, genetics, and the development of physiological and imaging biomarkers. His research program is devoted to understanding the reasons why therapy development efforts have not been successful in the past and to the development of effective treatments for patients with MND/ALS.