Neal Prakash, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Prakash obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California Berkeley in 1988 and his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California Irvine in 2001. Dr. Prakash's Ph.D. dissertation pioneered novel applications of intrinsic signal optical imaging for understanding adult cortical plasticity and in vivo neuropharmacology. He was awarded the University of California Irvine Vincent P. Carroll, Jr. Memorial Research Award in 1999 and again in 2000.
Dr. Prakash then did his internal medicine at Washington University in St. Louis at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He then was a resident of Neurology at UCLA between 2002-2005, in 2004 he received the UCLA Neurology Resident Jean-Louis Riel Research Award for his work on optical spectroscopy. He was appointed to UCLA faculty as Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Optical Imaging in the LAboratory of NeuroImaging in 2005. while here he pioneered novel methodologies in intraoperative optical spectroscopy.
He also founded the student chapter at UCLA for IBMISPS. His work was featured on the 2007 edition of the National Geographic special, "The Incredible Human Body". He moved to Hawaii in 2007 to focus more on clinical neurology at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii and on novel MRI research modalities both at UCLA and the University of Hawaii. He actively encourages medical student involvement in brain mapping techniques.