The UCLA Brain Mapping Center of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA offers a two-year fellowship renewable after one year by mutual agreement of the fellow and the program director. This program provides the opportunities to learn methodologies including PET, conventional and advanced MRI techniques, transcranial magnetic stimulation, invasive mapping techniques such as optical intrinsic imaging and intraoperative mapping in human subjects and animal models.

For MD's board eligibility in neurology, neurosurgery, radiology or psychiatry are prerequisites. Physicians entering the program will gain an in-depth exposure to the techniques of emission computed tomography including positron emission tomography (PET). Correlational studies will also be performed with X-ray CT and magnetic resonance imaging. Protocols in the laboratory are presently under way for the evaluation of patients with degenerative disorders (Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's diseases), epilepsy, pediatric neurology and child development, cerebral neoplasms, cerebrovascular disease, affective disorders, autism, addictive states, as well as the study of normal cerebral physiology and biochemistry in volunteer subjects. Complex multi-disciplinary protocols involving clinical evaluations, multi-modality imaging approaches, neuropsychiatry and neuropsychological evaluation as well as electrophysiological tests are part of the exposure that each fellow has during the tenure of his or her fellowship. Exposure to and participation in a wide range of animal and laboratory experiences is also a component of the program and can be pursued by mutual agreement of the director and the fellow.

For basic scientists, a Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required as well as training in a basic field of neuroscience including: neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neuropsychology, computer science or mathematical modeling. Basic scientists in this program have access to a broad spectrum of tracer kinetic techniques to study both normal physiology and neurochemistry as well as animal models of neurological and neurosurgical disorders.

The UCLA Brain Mapping Center is housed in its own 13,000 sq. ft. building. Included in the building are PET and cyclotron laboratories, three MRI laboratories, and data viewing & computing labs. In addition to the laboratory space, there is a conference/teaching and library space, a media laboratory for the production of computer and video graphics and a student center for trainees. The PET scanner is a Siemens/CTI ECAT Exact HR+ and, together with a dedicated cyclotron unit, provide state-of-the-art three-dimensional data acquisition for high resolution blood flow studies of the brain. It will be possible with this equipment to complete three PET activation studies per day with each consisting of 16 separate neurobehavioral measurements. The MRI laboratories are equipped with Siemens 1.5 and 3.0T scanners as well as a Bruker 7.0T small bore unit.

Send application requests to:

John C. Mazziotta, MD, Ph.D.
UCLA Brain Mapping Center
660 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7085
Phone: (310) 825-2699
FAX: (310) 794-7406 E-mail:

Fellowship Information

Fellowship Duration

1-2 years

Fellowship Salary


Fellowship Application Period

Accepted through November

Typical Source of Funding

NIMH, NIDA, NCI, NIH, NSF grants, and Private Foundations

Number of Positions Funded Per Year

As many as funding permits

Is Program Conducted Entirely Within the Department of Neurology