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Josef Parvizi
Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center
Faculty Research Fellow, 2010-11
Supported by the Iris F. Litt, M.D Fund

Josef Parvizi is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center since July 2007. He specializes in the field of clinical neurology and cognitive neuroscience and uses a combination of functional imaging and intracranial electrophysiological recordings and electrical stimulation within the human brain to study cognition and emotion and how they are altered by neuropathological problems. The general theme of his research is the relationship between brain anatomy, physiology, and human cognition.

Parvizi graduated from the University of Oslo with MD Cum Laude and earned his PhD in neurosciences from the University of Iowa. His PhD thesis received the Spriestersbach Award as the best PhD dissertation in Biological Sciences at The University of Iowa in 1999. He completed his medical internship at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Neurology Residency at Harvard Medical School, and fellowship training at UCLA. He has received Early Career Physician-Scientist Award from Milken Family Foundation & American Epilepsy Society and Lysia Forno Award for Teaching Excellence at Stanford University.

For his 2010-11 fellowship, Parvizi systematically reviewed the entire neuroscience literature that pertains to the issue of structural and/or functional differences between female and male brains. The aim of the proposed project is to re-visit, with a critical view, the claim that women's intellectual and professional success is limited by their insurmountable "innate" differences in their brain architecture and function as compared to their male counterparts. His work will culminate in a comprehensive review article that will be written from a neuroscience perspective.

Further information about Professor Parvizi is available from his website.