Juhn Atsushi Wada

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Juhn Atsushi Wada, OC (born March 28, 1924) is a Japanese Canadian neurologist known for research into epilepsy, including his description of the Wada test for cerebral hemispheric dominance of language function.[1]


Juhn Wada studied medicine at Hokkaido University, qualifying in 1946 and becoming Doctor of Science in 1951. He worked at the University of Minnesota and the Montreal Neurological Institute before settling at the University of British Columbia in 1956, becoming professor of neurology. He was an associate of the Medical Research Council of Canada from 1966 to 1994.[2] He was the founding president of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy (CLAE) from 1977 to 1979, and president of the American Epilepsy Society in 1988. He was awarded the Wilder Penfield Gold Medal by the CLAE in 1988.[3] He was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 1992.[4]


  1. ^ Debus, Allen G. (1968). World Who's who in Science: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Scientists from Antiquity to the Present. Marquis-Who's Who. 
  2. ^ Juhn Atsushi Wada at Who Named It?
  3. ^ A Brief History of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy (CLAE) By Juhn A. Wada at the CLAE website.
  4. ^ Juhn A. Wada at Governor General of Canada website