Professor and Vice Chair of Neurosurgery
Nader Pouratian is a Professor of Neurosurgery, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience at UCLA. He serves as the vice-chair of academic affairs in the department of neurosurgery and as the chief of functional neurosurgery. He received his bachelors, medical, and graduate degrees from UCLA before completing neurosurgical training at the University of Virginia. In his clinical practice, he uses advanced neurotechnologies to improve brain and spine function for neurological and psychiatric disease, including Parkinson’s, tremor, pain, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and blindness. He also runs a NIH-funded laboratory that aims to develop targeted neurotechnology therapies to treat neurological and psychiatric disease.
Dr. Pouratian’s research aims to understand how the human brain functions, both when healthy and when diseased. He takes advantage of unparalleled opportunities presented by neurosurgery to study human brain function and design novel targeted neurotechnologies. His work spans multiple neurological and psychiatric diseases, including Parkinson’s, essential tremor, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic pain, and blindness, for which he runs several clinical trials. His work is supported by several NIH grants. Finally, he is passionate about training future leading neuroengineers, serving as a co-director of the UCLA Training in NeuroTechnology Translation program.
In the 1970s, the first brain computer interface devices were developed at UCLA. Decades later researchers, scientists, engineers and neurosurgeons are working on devices that can enhance mood and memory and has the potential to radically change how we live. Commercial development of their work is on the horizon and the lessons they are learning […]