Dr. Susan Bookheimer receives lifetime achievement award in brain mapping

August 3, 2018

Dr. Susan Bookheimer, the Joaquin M. Fuster Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, received the 2018 Glass Brain Award from the Organization of Human Brain Mapping. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in the use of neuroimaging to advance understanding of the brain. She is the first woman to receive the Glass Brain Award since it was first awarded in 2014. Dr. Bookheimer was honored for her work developing brain imaging techniques to help patients with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, brain tumors and epilepsy. She has been active in functional magnetic resonance imaging since the inception of the technique in the early 1990s and created the clinical fMRI program at UCLA.

Dr. Bookheimer is a clinical neuropsychologist with a broad interest in the study of human cognition in relation to brain structure, function, and pathology, and her experimental expertise includes structural and functional MRI (fMRI), positron emission tomography, and intraoperative electrocortical stimulation mapping, as well as classical neuropsychological approaches. She is the co-director of UCLA CART and serves as the principal investigator of the UCLA Autism Center of Excellence grant. Dr. Bookheimer teaches in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine, and is a member of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. She also served at the director of the UCLA Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and UCLA Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.