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Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D

Dr. Pascual-Leone is a Professor of Neurology and an Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research at Harvard Medical School. He serves as the Chief for the Division of Cognitive Neurology and the Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Pascual-Leone is also one of the directors of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University (

Dr. Pascual-Leone works as a practicing cognitive neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His research aims at understanding the mechanisms that control brain plasticity across the lifespan to be able to modify them for the patient’s optimal behavioral outcome, prevent age-related cognitive decline, reduce the risk for dementia, and minimize the impact of neurodevelopmental disorders (

Dr. Pascual-Leone’s research combines various brain imaging and brain stimulation methodologies to characterize brain plasticity and brain network dynamics across the lifespan in health and disease, to be able to modify them for an individual’s optimal behavioral outcome, preventing disability and restoring function in patients with neuropsychiatric diseases. He is considered a world leader in the field of noninvasive brain stimulation where my contributions span from technology development, through basic neurobiologic insights from animal studies and modeling approaches, to human proof-of-principle and multicenter clinical trials. Thompson Reuters has designated him a ‘most highly cited author’ and recognized him as one of 2015 World's Most Influential Scientific Minds, and one of the World’s top 15 Neuroscience Researchers. Dr. Pascual-Leone has authored more than 650 scientific papers (H-index 133; i10index 482) and several books, and is listed inventor in 17 patents.

Dr. Pascual-Leone is a dedicated mentor and teacher, recognized with a K24 NIH award and various distinctions, including Harvard’s Daniel Federman Outstanding Clinical Educator Award. He directs an intensive mini-fellowship in noninvasive brain stimulation ( ), and the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation Fellowship in the Clinical Neurosciences (

Dr. Pascual-Leone is the recipient of several international honors and awards and his work has wide general public appeal and outreach through dissemination in articles in the lay press, documentaries on television and radio, and several trade books (e.g. Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself; John E. Robison, Switched On).