Dr. Hamed EkhtiariCognitive Neuroscience
About Dr. Hamed Ekhtiari
Hamed Ekhtiari was born in 1978, obtained his biology diploma in Tehran in 1996, and entered Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) ranking 11th among more than 300,000 participants in Iran’s national university entrance exam in the same year. He achieved his Medical Doctorate degree from TUMS in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in neuroimaging from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and did his postdoc with Martin Paulus for two years at Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR), Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dr. Ekhtiari started his research activities in cognitive sciences by carrying out studies on topics mainly related to "decision making" in 1999 in Institute for Cognitive Sciences Studies. After graduation from the medical school, he did his social services in the health department of Iran’s Police Force as a researcher on Drug Addiction and HIV/AIDS among the vulnerable population from 2004 to 2005. In addition, he obtained a position as a researcher in the Clinical Department of Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies (INCAS) affiliated to TUMS in 2004. In 2005, Dr. Ekhtiari began a series of activities which ultimately led to the establishment of a new Laboratory in INCAS under the name of Psychological Assessment Laboratory (Psycho Lab), later named Neurocognitive Laboratory (NCL) subsequent to adding Neuroimaging and Brain Stimulation divisions to it. He moved back to ICSS in 2010 to start a new division as the Translational Neuroscience Program (TNP). He is now an associate investigator at LIBR working on using fMRI and different brain stimulation with hopes to contribute to reshaping the future of psychiatry and addiction medicine.