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Harris, Neil G., Ph.D.


Brain Trauma: plasticity, blood flow & metabolism, neurogenesis, PET, MRI


  • Associate Professor, Neurosurgery
  • Member, Brain Research Institute
  • Cell & Developmental Biology GPB Home Area
  • Neuroscience GPB Home Area


Dr. Neil Harris has worked within the fields of hydrocephalus, stroke and traumatic brain injury. The major theme of his current research at UCLA is understanding the potential for plasticity and function after trauma utilizing both light microscopy cell biology techniques as well as in vivo neuroimaging methodologies.

Dr. Harris holds an RO1 award to examine axonal plasticity and functional recovery after traumatic brain injury.


  1. Quach, M, Ali, I, Shultz, SR, Casillas-Espinosa, PM, Hudson, MR, Jones, NC et al.. ComBating inter-site differences in field strength: harmonizing preclinical traumatic brain injury MRI data. NMR Biomed. 2024; :e5142. doi: 10.1002/nbm.5142. PubMed PMID:38494895 .
  2. Smith, G, Thapak, P, Paydar, A, Ying, Z, Gomez-Pinilla, F, Harris, NG et al.. Altering the Trajectory of Perfusion-Diffusion Deficits Using A BDNF Mimetic Acutely After TBI is Associated with Improved Functional Connectivity. Prog Neurobiol (Dover). 2023;10 (1):. doi: 10.60124/j.pneuro.2023.10.07. PubMed PMID:38037566 PubMed Central PMC10689006.
  3. Bhagavatula, S, Cabeen, R, Harris, NG, Gröhn, O, Wright, DK, Garner, R et al.. Image data harmonization tools for the analysis of post-traumatic epilepsy development in preclinical multisite MRI studies. Epilepsy Res. 2023;195 :107201. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2023.107201. PubMed PMID:37562146 PubMed Central PMC10528111.
  4. Paydar, A, Harris, NG. The pericontused cortex can support function early after TBI but it remains functionally isolated from normal afferent input. Exp Neurol. 2023;359 :114260. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2022.114260. PubMed PMID:36404463 .
  5. van Vliet, EA, Immonen, R, Prager, O, Friedman, A, Bankstahl, JP, Wright, DK et al.. A companion to the preclinical common data elements and case report forms for in vivo rodent neuroimaging: A report of the TASK3-WG3 Neuroimaging Working Group of the ILAE/AES Joint Translational Task Force. Epilepsia Open. 2022; :. doi: 10.1002/epi4.12643. PubMed PMID:35962745 .
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