OUR PEOPLE

Striving To Unlock The Mysteries Of
The Human Brain Is Our Passion.

Dr. John Mazziotta, M.D., Ph. D., Founding Director

John C. Mazziotta, M.D., Ph.D. is the Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences and Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also CEO of the UCLA Health System and Founding Director of the UCLA Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University in 1972, he obtained an M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroanatomy and Computer Science from Georgetown University in 1977. Following an internship at Georgetown, he completed Neurology and Nuclear Medicine training at UCLA and joined the faculty in 1983.

Dr. Mazziotta is past chair to one of the nation’s largest neurology departments, which for nine of the last ten years achieved the distinguished position of being first in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding. An expert in brain imaging, he established the Brain Mapping Center at UCLA in 1993 that includes all of the methods available to study human brain structure and function. He was the principal investigator of the International Consortium for Brain Mapping, whose goal is to develop the first atlas of the human brain that will include behavioral, demographic, imaging, and genetic data from 7,000 subjects. In January 2012, Dr. Mazziotta was appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Sciences and Executive Vice Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Since beginning this work, Dr. Mazziotta has published more than 255 research papers and eight texts. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Oldendorf Award from the American Society of Neuroimaging, the S. Weir Mitchell Award and the Wartenberg Prize of the American Academy of Neurology, the Von Hevesy Prize from the International Society of Nuclear Medicine, the 1996 Medical Science Award from the UCLA Medical Alumni Association, election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Honorary Doctorate from l’Université de Caen and membership in the Royal College of Physicians.

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OUR BMMRO & BMSF BOARDS

Providing Vision For Our Brain Mapping Mission

The Brain Mapping Medical Research Organization (BMMRO) Board

Dr. John Mazziotta M.D., Ph.D.

Founder & Executive Director

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Richmond A. Wolf, Ph.D.

Chair

The Capital Group

Mr. Fred J. Marcus

Legal Counsel

Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, LLP

Dr. Eric Holmlin, Ph.D.

Board Member

BioNano Genomics

Dr. Stephen Oesterle, M.D.

Board Member

Medtronic, Inc.

Dr. Lothar Krinke, Ph.D.

Board Member

Medtronic, Inc.

The Brain Mapping Support Foundation (BMSF) Board

Dr. John Mazziotta M.D., Ph.D.

Founder & Executive Director

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Mr. Patrick Duval

Chair

Duval & Stachenfeld, LLP

Mr. Fred J. Marcus

Legal Counsel

Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, LLP

Mr. William Ahmanson

Board Member

The Ahmanson Foundation

Ms. Jane Siebels

Board Member

Green Cay Asset Management

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FACULTY OF THE AHMANSON-LOVELACE BRAIN MAPPING CENTER

The BMMRO and BMSF assist in recruiting foremost experts in brain mapping

Dr. Roger P. Woods, M.D., Director

Roger Woods, M.D. graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Chemistry from Washington University in 1980. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1984 and completed residencies in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in 1987 and in Neurology at UCLA in 1991. He completed a Neuroscience Imaging fellowship in 1993, joining the Neurology faculty at UCLA immediately thereafter. He is currently a Professor of Neurology and of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA.

Dr. Woods has been a member of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center since its inception and has served as its Director of Laboratories since 2003 and more recently as Director of the Brain Mapping Center since March of 2015.

Dr. Woods' research interests include software development for the analysis of imaging data, brain atlases of normative human imaging data, imaging of neurologic and psychiatric disorders, genetic influences on brain structure and funcion, and model systems of brain development.

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Dr. Marco Iacoboni, M.D., Ph. D., Professor In Residence

Dr. Marco Iacoboni is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. Dr. Iacoboni is a neurologist and neuroscientist originally from Rome, Italy. He joined the faculty of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at UCLA in 1999.

Dr. Iacoboni investigates the neural basis of sensory-motor integration, imitation and social cognition in humans with functional magnetic resonance imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). In particular, his group investigates the human mirror neuron system and its role in social behavior and its disorders.

Dr. Iacoboni’s work, funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, has been covered by the New York Times (front page), Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, The Economist, and major TV networks. Dr. Iacoboni’s book on mirror neurons, entitled Mirroring People: The New Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others, is published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (hard cover) and Picador (paperback).

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Dr. Mirella Dapretto, M.D., Ph. D., Professor

Dr. Dapretto is currently Professor in the UCLA Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. After receiving a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the UCLA Psychology Department, with a minor in Behavioral Neuroscience, Dr. Dapretto acquired expertise in neuroimaging methods – particularly functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) – as a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center.

Since joining the UCLA faculty in 1999, she has been the recipient of several awards, including NIH funding to study the neural networks suberving language functions in typically-developing children, and several grants to study the neural basis of the socio-communicative impairments observed in autism (funded by the Cure Autism Now foundation, the M.I.N.D. Research Institute at UC Davis, the National Alliance for Autism Research, and Autism Speaks).

From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Dapretto served as the PI of the imaging project of the first UCLA Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) funded by NIH (Project 3). As part of the recently funded new UCLA ACE (2012-2017), Dr. Dapretto currently serves as the PI of the imaging project (Project 4), as well as Co-PI of a project in infants at ultra high-risk for autism (Project 1 ). In addition, Dr. Dapretto has also been a co-investigator on several large-scale collaborative studies headed by Drs. Susan Bookheimer, Dan Geschwind, Elizabeth Sowell, and Danny Wang, including a recently funded multi-site ACE Network (PI: Pelphrey; participating sites: Yale, UCLA, Harvard, University of Washington).

In 2010-2012, Dr. Dapretto also served as the Director of the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. Capitalizing on her dual training as a developmental psychologist and a neuroscientist, Dr. Dapretto’s research combines neuroimaging, behavioral, and genetic data to better characterize typical and atypical brain function. Her work is consistently published in prestigious journals such as Biological Psychiatry, Brain, Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Neuroscience & Neuron.

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Dr. Allan Wu, M.D.

Dr. Wu is a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders. In many of the neurologic syndromes Dr. Wu sees, patients are affected by a disruption of the normal, precise and well-timed sequence of muscle contractions that are necessary in order to produce accurate, intentional and appropriate movements used for daily activities (like reaching, grasping, playing ball, or walking). At times, this disruption can be surprisingly specific. For example, in task-specific focal dystonia, which Dr. Wu has studied, patients may experience disruption of movement control only when playing a certain musical instrument or during writing while other activities (playing other instruments, using chopsticks, or typing) are unaffected.

Dr. Wu's observations suggests that the 'program' for controlling some movements is not functioning properly; while other 'programs' run appropriately. In Dr. Wu's research, he has observes, studies and modulates movement symptoms and signs in patients affected by movement disorders with the goal of developing novel ideas and interventions for clinical benefit. One idea is that functional changes occur within the brain in patients with movement disorders and that these changes can be either adaptive or maladaptive in nature. When these changes are adaptive, they may compensate for symptoms; when these changes are maladaptive, they may cause abnormal movement control (or symptoms) to persist or worsen.

In Dr. Wu's studies, he combines modern brain mapping tools (transcranial magnetic stimulation [TMS] and fMRI) with current neuroscience principles to develop and design novel noninvasive methods for neuromodulation such as repetitive TMS (rTMS), trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS), or action-observation to improve abnormal neural control of movement and lead to novel movement disorder treatments.

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Dr. Shantanu H. Joshi, Ph.D.

Dr. Joshi received a BE degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Pune, India in 1998, and MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University in 2003 and 2007, respectively.

Dr. Joshi's PhD research was carried out in the Department of Statistics, at Florida State University under the direction of Dr. Anuj Srivastava, where Dr. Joshi was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Research and Creativity Award by the Office of Research at Florida State University in 2007.

Dr. Joshi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, Department of Neurology, University of California Los Angeles. His work in morphology has been applied in a collaborative research that led to an identification of a new genus of Lambeosaurine dinosaurs that was officially listed in the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature in 2012.

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Dr. Eileen Luders, Ph.D.

Trained in neuroscience and neuropsychology, Eileen Luders received her Ph.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her research is focused on understanding the human brain, in health and disease, using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging and state-of-the-art brain mapping techniques.

While one of the central themes throughout her studies is the analysis of brain features as associated with various diseases, disabilities, and disorders, she has also been devoting her career to elucidating features of the healthy brain, including the brain’s sexual dimorphism, asymmetry, and plasticity.

More recently, she has expanded her research to studying the anatomical correlates of brain development and brain aging, as well as relationships between brain structure and function, with particular emphasis on handedness, intelligence, and mindfulness practices.

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Dr. Allan McKenzie-Graham, Ph.D.

Allan MacKenzie-Graham completed his Ph.D. training in Neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006, specializing in multimodal imaging and brain atlasing. As a postdoctoral fellow, he applied these techniques to mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the most commonly used model of multiple sclerosis (MS). He was appointed as an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Neurology at UCLA in 2010 and accepted joint appointments in the Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program and the Department of Physics and Biology in Medicine in 2015.

Dr. MacKenzie-Graham’s research interests lie in understanding the mechanisms that underlie gray matter atrophy in MS through the use of informative animal models, primarily EAE. His recent work has demonstrated progressive gray matter atrophy in the cerebella and cerebral cortices of mice with EAE and their relation to neuronal loss. His current projects involve the use of Clear Lipid-exchanged Acrylamide-hybridized Rigid Imaging-compatible Tissue-hYdrogel (CLARITY) to visualize the neuropathologies that underlie gray matter atrophy in EAE.

Dr. MacKenzie-Graham has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the International Society for Magnetic resonance in Medicine, as well as the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center and the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at UCLA.

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Dr. Katherine Narr, Ph.D.

Dr. Narr is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCLA and a faculty member of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center.

For nearly 10 years, Dr. Narr's research has focused on using multiple imaging methods, including structural, functional and diffusion imaging and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1HMRS) to facilitate a deeper understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms and genetic contributions associated with schizophrenia, depression and other adult and pediatric disorders.

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Dr. David W. Shattuck, Ph.D.

Dr. Shattuck is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCLA and a faculty member of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center.

Dr. Shattuck's research interests are focused on the development and application of novel computational approaches for the processing and analysis of brain images.

Dr. Shattuck's work has developed novel algorithms related to brain image analysis, including image segmentation topological filtering of data, image registration, and interactive delineation of data. Many of these methods are available in the publicly released software package, BrainSuite (http://brainsuite.org).

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Dr. Danny J.J. Wang, Ph.D., M.S.C.E.

Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCLA, Associate Professor (secondary) in the Department of Radiology at UCLA and a faculty member of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. Dr. Wang obtained his PhD in Biophysics from the Beijing MRI Center for Brain Research, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1998. He subsequently obtained postdoctoral training in MRI Biophysics and Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Research Assistant Professor of Radiology and Neurology from 2003 to 2010.

Dr. Wang also received training for clinical research with a MS of Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at UCLA as Associate Professor of Neurology with secondary appointment in Radiology in 2010.

To date, Dr. Wang has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and 13 book chapters/review articles (h-index=40), and has served on grant review panels for NIH, NSF and UK MRC. He has also been supporting the scientific community by disseminating arterial spin labeling sequences to over 150 Siemens imaging research centers around the world as well as the Complexity software toolbox for resting state fMRI analysis (http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm/ext/#Complexity).

Overall, Dr. Wang’s research can be summarized as technical development and clinical translations of novel MRI technologies with a focus on physiologic, metabolic and functional brain imaging.

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Dr. Nader Pouratian, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Nader Pouratian, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Pouratian is a neurosurgeon-scientist whose clinical practice focuses on using brain stimulation to alleviate neurologic and psychiatric disease. His research aims to understand the network basis of disease and therapeutic brain stimulation using multiple brain mapping techniques, including both non-invasive and invasive approaches.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging and MR tractography, his lab aims to understand the how brain connections are affected in the diseases treated with brain stimulation. Dr Pouratian also uses the operating room as a laboratory, using this unique opportunity to study the physiology of the human brain in patients undergoing awake brain surgeries.

Techniques used in the operating room include measuring local field potentials, electrocorticography and neuronal spiking activity. By using a multimodality technique, he aims to understand brain networks from the cellular through the systems level.

Currently, Dr. Pouratian's laboratory primarily focuses on investigating Parkinson's disease, chronic pain, depression, and consciousness. He is funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioinformatics. He is an associate professor of neurosurgery and radiation oncology, affiliate faculty in bioengineering, and a member of the UCLA Neuroscience program and Brain Research Institute.

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