SBMT Scientific Committee Members

Nano-Neuro-Photonics Subcommittee

Fartash Vasefi

Dr. Vasefi has deep experience developing systems using optical imaging and sophisticated software to measure and analyse health problems, especially those related to skin imaging

Babak Kateb

Babak Kateb, MD is a neuroscientist with more than 15 years of research experience.

Stroke Diagnosis and Therapy/Endovascular Subcommittee

Yashar Kalani

Yashar Kalani, MD, PhD joined the faculty of the Departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology and Neuroscience at UVA in 2017.

Sean Pakbaz

Dr. Sean Pakbaz will join the Division to lead the effort in Endovascular Neurosurgery.

AD Mechanisms I: New Perspectives on Aβ and Tau Subcommittee

Konrad Talbot

The research of Konrad Talbot, PhD, studies the molecular basis of cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), and schizophrenia.

Margaret Fahnestock

Neurotrophic factors are proteins essential for nervous system development and function.

Neuroengineering Subcomittee

Seung Schik Yoo

Director/ Neuromodulation and Tissue Engineering Laboratory (NTEL)

Cancer Therapeutics Subcommittee Meeting

Reinhard Schulte

I was trained as a physicist and radiation oncologist with board certifications in radiology and radiation oncology in Germany as well as in the United States.

Vicky Yamamoto

Vicky Yamamoto is a cancer scientist at Keck School of Medicine of USC in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery

Augmented and Virtual Reality Clinical Neuroscience Subcommittee

Skip Rizzo

USC Davis School of Gerontology and USC Keck School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Neuromodulation Subcomittee

Daniel DiLorenzo

Daniel John DiLorenzo is a medical device entrepreneur and physician-scientist.

Bridging "Valley of Death" with Federal and Non-Federal funding Subcomittee

Patricia Tomczyszyn

MBDA Participates in the First Ever “Inclusive Innovation House” at SXSW

Julio Cassels

Principal at CID Pericles @ Strategy Consultant - Marketing, B2B Relationships and Hispanic

Neurotechnology and Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry Subcomittee

Nevzat Tarhan

Nevzat Tarhan was born in Merzifon/Turkey in 1952. He finished Kuleli Military High School in 1969 and graduated from Cerrahpaşa Medical School Ístanbul University in 1975.

Artificial Intelligent, Informatics and Predictive modeling Subcomittee

Alex Bui

Dr. Alex Bui is a Professor in the Department of Radiological Sciences at UCLA.

Pezhman Mardanpour

Prof. Mardanpour received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

AD Mechanisms Subcomittee

Wes Ashford

Senior Research Scientist, Stanford / VA Aging Clinical Research and Alzheimer Centers Director, War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Carr Smith

AD risk posed by the APOE ε4 allele may be related to increased lifetime exposure to a neurotoxic process

Innovative Methods for Detection & Treatment of Brain Injury Subcomittee

Ken Green

Ken Green Kenneth P. Green, D.M.D., B.S.,is the Executive Director elect, and member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT).

Maheen Mausoof Adamson

Dr. Maheen Mausoof Adamson is the senior scientific research director for DVBIC at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

NeuroOncology & Brain Tumor Vaccine (LLU CME)

Yazmin Odia

Dr. Yazmin Odia is a neurologist in Miami, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Baptist Hospital of Miami and Doctors Hospital.

Epilepsy and intraoperative Brain Mapping (LLU CME) Subcomittee

Warren Boling

Dr. Boling earned his MD from Texas Tech University Health Science Center, School of Medicine, in 1991.

Jeffrey M. Chung

The research of Jeffrey M. Chung, MD, focuses on mechanism of epilepsy, predicting surgical decision

Neuro-Optometry and Retinal Neuromodulation Subcomittee

Deborah Zelinsky

Dr. Zelinsky earned her Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) and her Bachelor of Science in Visual Science from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

Khashayar Dashtipour

Dr. Khashayar Dashtipour is a neurologist in Loma Linda, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Loma Linda University Medical Center and St. Bernardine Medical Center.

Brain Technology and Innovation Park Initiative from Training to Practice Subcomittee

Serge Braun

Serge Braun PharmD, PhD has 20 years of experience devoted to neuromuscular diseases in both academic and private laboratories, together with specific expertise in R&D in gene, cell and pharmacology therapies.

Current and future of the Diagnostics and Therapeutics of Substance Abuse Subcomittee

Daniel Sipple

Serge Braun PharmD, PhD has 20 years of experience devoted to neuromuscular diseases in both academic and private laboratories, together with specific expertise in R&D in gene, cell and pharmacology therapies.

Hon. Ken Cooley

Opiate Policy- Government and Insurance Perspectives

Shilpa Buch

Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Omaha, NE

Fractal Geometry & Computational Clinical Neurosciences Subcomittee

Antonio Di Ieva

Prof. Sen (Qian) has 30 years continuous experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) research and application in bioengineering.

AD Mechanisms III: Brain-Immune Interactions Subcomittee

Maya Koronyo-Hamaoui

The lack of effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has necessitated more accurate and earlier diagnostic tools as well as disease-modifying therapies.

Jonathan Kipnis

Neuro-Immune interactions in neurodegenerative, mental, cognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders – understanding of basic mechanisms and development of novel therapies and vaccines.

Brain Bionic (USC CME) Subcomittee

Ted Berger

Biomedical engineer and neuroscientist specializing in neural prostheses, neural basis of learning and memory and “brain-like” acoustic recognition technology

National and Federal Labs's Translational Research and Development Subcomittee

Jennifer Stewart

Dr. Jennifer Stewart is a partner at Norwalk Eye Care. She is originally from the Hudson Valley, NY, and received her Bachelor of Science from Marist College.

John Dement

Dr. Dement serves on the advisory board of the NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center

National and Federal Labs's Translational Research and Development Subcomittee

John George

Los Alamos National Lab

NASA/Federal Labs Technology & Innovation Subcomittee

David Oberhettinger

Prior to JPL employment, he managed the Spacecraft Engineering Technology Department at Northrop Grumman

Roger Werne

Deputy Director of Industrial Partnerships at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

US BRAIN Initiative Subcomittee

Nick Langhals

Neural engineering with emphases in neuroprostheses, neuromodulation, brain-computer interface (BCI) devices, prosthetic control, and neural interface technology development

International Space Station (ISS) Technology Transfer and Integration Subcomittee

Miki Sode

As a Commercial Innovation Program Manager at CASIS, Miki combines her multi-disciplinary background and passion for space to promote utilization of space environment to advance science, technology and R&D to higher potentials.

Michael Reberts

Michael Roberts, PhD, is Deputy Chief Scientist of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) where he works to solicit, select, develop and enable flight projects for the International Space Station National Lab.

SBMT Fellows Oral Poster Subcomittee

Shahram Hadidchi

Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Big data analytics in Behavioral Neuroscience Subcomittee

Shri Narayanan

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Neuroendoscopy Subcomittee

Kenneth De Los Reyes

University of South Florida-Tampa General Hospital

Neuro-Endovascular (LLU CME) Subcomittee

Promod Pillai

My philosophy of patient care is simple. I consider every patient as one of my family members in need of care.

Cerebrovascular Subcomittee

Martin Mortazavi

Aneurysm; Vascular Diseases; Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations; Spinal Cord Neoplasms; Spinal cord vascular lesions, Brain Neoplasms; Meningioma; Skull base tumors.

Brain Mapping and Therapeutics for Skull base and Neurovascular Disorders Subcomittee

Miguel Lopez-Gonzalez

Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery, Epilepsy Surgery, Skull Base, Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery Assistant Professor Neurosurgery Loma Linda University

AD Mechanisms IV: Brain & Systemic Insulin Resistance & Glucose Metabolism Subcomittee

Auriel A. Willette

Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Psychology - Iowa State University

Early AD Diagnosis II: CSF & Blood Biomarkers Subcomittee

Howard J. Federoff

Dr. Howard Federoff named UCI vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of medicine

AD Treatment I: Targeting Aβ and/or Tau Subcomittee

Steven L. Wagner

Steven Wagner earned his MS and PhD degrees in biochemistry from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and did post-doctoral training in microbiology and molecular genetics and UC Irvine College of Medicine.

AD Treatment II: Targeting β1 Adrenergic Receptors, Insulin Resistance, Inflammation, and/or Energy Metabolism Subcomittee

Gregory J. Brewer

Steven Wagner earned his MS and PhD degrees in biochemistry from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and did post-doctoral training in microbiology and molecular genetics and UC Irvine College of Medicine.

AD Treatment III: Using Regenerative Medicine, Low Dose Ionizing Radiation, Cyclic AMP/GMP Modulators, or Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Mathew Blurton-Jones

Stem Cells, Parkinson Disease, Alzheimer Disease, Neurogenesis, Differentiation, Learning and Memory, Neurodegeneration, Neurotrophins

Brain Mapping and Therapeutics in Pediatric Medicine

Jessica Rose

Stanford University | SU · Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Multimodality Brain Mapping

John Heymann

Assistant Professor of Neuroradiology

Radiation Oncology: New Combined Therapies for High Grade Gliomas

Minesh P Mehta

Radiation Oncology

European Brain Project

Simon Eickhoff

Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Biological Imaging

Andres Collazo

Director, Biological Imaging Facility; Lecturer in Biology and Biological Engineering

Addiction and Opioids

Parmis Khatibi

Dr. Parmis Khatibi is an anticoagulation and antithrombotic clinical specialist at University of California, Irvine Medical Center as well as a Clinical Adjunct Professor for the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy and USC School of Pharmacy.

Jean M. Bidlack

Discovery of Samidorphan, a medication currently in multiple Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials

NeuroEngineering (Dr. John McDonald Memorial session)

Venkatraman Sadanand

University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine

Zeiss Neurophotonics and Brain Mapping

Bahram Jalali

Professor and Northrop Grumman Opto-Electronic Chair in Electrical Engineering

Neuroradiology Subcommittee

Aaron Filler

Institute for Nerve Medicine · Neurosurgery

Neurophysiology Subcommittee

Dawn Eliashiv

Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology

John Stern

Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology

Advance Material in Brain and Spine Discovery and Therapy Subcommittee

Ed Boyden

Prof. Ed Boyden completed his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and a Master of Engineering at MIT.

Pablo Valdes Quevedo

Pablo is originally from Central America, and moved to the USA to pursue his training as a physician scientist.

Neurotherapeutics Subcommittee

Kuldip Sidhu

Kuldip Sidhu, PhD, BSC (Medical) is a stem cell expert at the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Kelly Ryder

Dr. Kelly, a Louisiana native, began his athletic career as a long distance runner when he was only 14 years old.

Combat Casualty Care Subcommittee

Tracie Lattimore

Tracie Lattimore is special advisor to the director of the Clinical Affairs Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

Marcello Pilia

Assistant Portfolio Manager at Combat Casualty Care Research Program

Management of Brain and Spine Trauma Subcommittee

Wayman Cheatham

Dr. Wayman Wendell Cheatham is the Director of Navy Medicine RD Center; Director, Clinical Investigation Programs, USA

Defense Veteran Traumatic Brain Injury (DVBIC) Subcommittee

Saafan Malik

Dr. Saafan Malik is the Director of the Research Division at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC).

Neuromodulation Subcommittee

Vivek Patel

Human Connectomes for Low Vision, Blindness, and Sight Restoration

Quantum Biology Subcommittee

Keith Allen

Keith Allen, M.D. is the Director of Surgical Research for the Mid America Heart & Lung Surgeons and is board certified in Thoracic, Vascular, and General Surgery.

Commercialization of Neuroscience: Taking Science and IP to Market Subcommittee

Tom Oser

As founder and president of Oser & Company consulting, Tom Oser delivers technology & management consulting services to clients that bridge the gap between technology and business.

SBIR/STTR Workshop Subcommittee

Rick Shindell

Rick Shindell, president of Zyn Systems, is a long time SBIR and federal technology transfer advocate.

Barry Datlof

Barry Datlof is the Director, Medical Technology Transfer at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

Business Planning and Pitching in the Venture Capital Shark Tank Subcommittee

George Abe

George Abe teaches Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation. He is also is a lecturer and Faculty Director of the Strategic Management Research (SMR) Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Spine Subcommittee

Namath Hussain

Namath Hussain is a staff neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Mike Y. Chen

A prolific researcher, talented physician and board-certified neurosurgeon, Mike Y. Chen, M.D., Ph.D., has been on the City of Hope team since 2007.

Jeffrey Wang

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery USC Spine Center

Gene Therapy for Brain Disorders Subcomittee

Steven Gray

Dr. Steven Gray earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University in 2006, after receiving a B.S. degree with honors from Auburn University.

Military Medicine and Veterans Subcomittee

Michael F.Bergeron

Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., SIVOTEC Analytics, FACSM is Senior Vice President of Development & Applications.

Michael J Roy

Professor of Medicine; Director, Division of Military Internal Medicine

Cochair Subcomittee

Arash Kamali

Assistant Professor, Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging

Biophotonics Subcomittee

Mohammad R.N. Avanaki

In 2012, Mohammad received a Ph.D. with Outstanding Achievement in Medical Optical Imaging and Computing from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom.

Scientific Subcomittee

Jennifer Fogarty

Chief Scientist, NASA Human Research Program, USA

Scientific Cerebrovascular Subcomittee

Laligam N. Sekhar

Dr. Sekhar is known around the world for his expertise in treating complex neurosurgical problems, particularly skull base tumors, such as acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, chordomas and complex brain tumors.

Scientific Neurosurgery Subcomittee

Jason Cormier's

Dr. Jason Cormier of Acadiana Neurosurgery in Lafayette, Louisiana, graduated from St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette.

Scientific Neuroscience Subcomittee

Markus Diesmann

Markus Diesmann in the Laboratory for Computational and Systems Neuroscience studies the dynamics of recurrent neural networks