UCLA Spotlight

John Mazziotta, Brain Mapping

  • Published Apr 15, 2009 8:00 AM

John Mazziotta, chair of the Department of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is into brains. More specifically, how to use brain imagery to help understand, treat and hopefully heal disease. As a student at Georgetown, Dr. Mazziotta wanted to be an architect. But "then I met neuroscientists," he recalls, and his professional life’s path was set. As director of UCLA’s Brain Mapping Center and principal investigator of the International Consortium for Brain Mapping (ICBM), Mazziotta leads a team of researchers from six countries in creating the world’s first comprehensive atlas of the structure and function of the normal adult human brain. His work is one reason UCLA has become the world’s foremost center on brain imaging and mapping.