NeuroTechnology and Neuromodulation

Mission and Goals:

We propose the continuation of the Neuromodulation Affinity Group to encourage transdisciplinary research and to educate faculty and pre- and postdoctoral students in neuromodulation interventions for neuropsychiatric disorders.  The goal of the Group remains to use this education to enhance understanding of the pathophysiology of these illnesses, and develop novel therapeutic interventions for these conditions.  The faculty included in this Affinity Group is drawn primarily from the new Neuromodulation Division of the Semel Institute that brings together research programs and experts from the School of Medicine Departments including Neurology, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, as well as the School of Engineering.  These faculty (many of whom are listed below) bring together common interests in understanding, utilizing, and developing neuromodulatory methods for individualized treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders.


Neuromodulation Affinity Group Objectives:

The Neuromodulation Division of the UCLA Semel Institute utilizes state-of-the-art techniques to treat neuropsychiatric illness, and to understand brain function in health and disease. In concert with the Neuromodulation Division of the UCLA Semel Institute, the Neuromodulation Affinity Group:

  • Elucidates mechanisms of neuromodulatory effects on neurophysiology and behavior
  • Improves psychiatric treatments
  • Applies neuroimaging-guided psychiatric treatments
  • Develops novel engineering technology for neuromodulation treatments
  • Designs, implements, and tests novel neuromodulatory devices in model systems
  • Transfers novel technology and treatments to human clinical trials
  • Promotes dialogue among experts in the field of Neuromodulation
  • Educates the next generation of neuromodulation clinician-scientists
  • Develops and shares tools to promote collaborative research


Regular Journal Club and Seminar Series

The Neuromodulation Division holds a series of regular journal club and seminar presentations from faculty members and external experts within the field. Relevant research articles will be presented and discussed between faculty and trainees during the biweekly journal club.


Affinity Group Participants:

James Bisley, PhD (Neurobiology)

Alexander Bystritsky (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Ian Cook, MD (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Randall Espinoza, MD, MPH (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Itzhak Fried, MD (Neurosurgery)

Neil Harris, , PhD (Neurosurgery)

Marc Heiser

Aimee Hunter, Assistant Professor (Semel Resnick)

Marco Iacoboni, PhD (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

David Krantz, MD, PhD (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Jean-Philippe Langevin, MD (Neurosurgery)

Andrew Leuchter, PhD (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Michael Levine, PhD (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Sandra Loo, PhD (Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences)

Dejan Markovic, Professor (Electrical Engineering)

James McGough, MD (Clinical Psychiatry)

Nader Pouratian, PhD (Neurosurgery)

Nanthia Suthana, PhD (Neurosurgery)

Allan Wu, MD (Neurology)


The Affinity Group is led jointly by: Andrew Leuchter, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. He also is Director of the Neuromodulation Division and a Senior Research Scientist at the Semel Institute. Dr. Leuchter supervises speaker events, journal clubs and all other activities; and, Nanthia Suthana, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science and the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Suthana is the Associate Director of the Neuromodulation Division at the Semel Institute and Director of the Laboratory of Neuromodulation and Neuroimaging. 


How to Join:

Andrew Leuchter, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
57-456 Semel
Mail Code: 175919
Phone: 310-825-0207; Fax: 310-825-7642

Nanthia Suthana, Ph.D
Assistant Researcher, Department of Neurosurgery
300 Stein Plaza, Suite 562
Mail Code: 690119
Phone: 310-794-4021