Academic Year 2019-2020

Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone

On March 26, 2020, Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone will give a presentation for the PEN Distinguished Lecture Series. Additional details will be shared in the near future.

Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Location: TBD
Miscellaneous: A reception with light refreshments will take place immediately following this event. Attendees will have the opportunity to further interact with Dr. Pascual-Leone and other attendees about this subject.


Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone is a Professor of Neurology and Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, where he also serves as Program Director of the Harvard-Thorndike Clinical Research Center. 

His research aims at understanding the mechanisms that control brain plasticity across the lifespan to be able to modify them for the subject’s optimal behavioral outcome.

Pascual-Leone combines various brain imaging and brain stimulation methodologies to establish a causal relationship and a precise chronometry between regional brain activation and behavior, and uses noninvasive brain stimulation techniques to modulate brain plasticity, suppressing some changes and enhancing others, to gain a clinical benefit and behavioral advantage for a given individual.

Such non-invasive approaches can lead to clinically relevant therapeutic effects in neuropsychiatry and neurorehabilitation, and serve as proof-of-principle prior to more invasive neuromodulatory interventions. A major interest of current work aims at translating insights from cognitive neuroscience into clinical interventions.