Peyman Golshani, MD, Los Angeles-based leader in Neurosciences, joins AFBSF Board

Peyman Golshani, MD

Peyman Golshani, MD

Peyman Golshani, MD, PhD, came to the United States from Israel after escaping his homeland of Iran through Pakistan. Here he has flourished as a physician and scientist. We welcome Dr. Golshani to the AFBSF Board of Directors. “I had heard about the BSF from colleagues and consequently served on BSF scientific review panels,” said Dr. Golshani, “I know of the quality of research it supports and the value of cooperative research with scientists in Israel.”

Dr. Golshani obtained his MD and PhD at UC Irvine where he completed his PhD with the late neuroscience pioneer Dr. Edward G. Jones. Today Dr. Golshani is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He also serves as a neurologist at the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

A scientist, Dr. Golshani’s research focuses on discovering the causes and finding treatments for autism and epilepsy, two conditions which often occur in the same individual. His laboratory uses cutting edge imaging and electrophysiological techniques to understand how the connections between specific neuronal types is altered in models of these disorders and how this impacts on how large groups of neurons coordinate their activity patterns. The ultimate goal of his research is to discover rationally based treatment strategies that will improve the lives of children and adults with these disorders. He said of his research, “If we can understand what went wrong, we can learn how to fix it.”

He serves his professional community in many ways. Dr. Golshani is on the editorial board of the Nature, Scientific Reports, and is a grant reviewer for NIH, CURE Foundation and the American Epilepsy Society. He is a member of the Integrative Center for Learning and Memory and the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Center at UCLA. He is also on the community board of UCLA’s Center for Israel Studies.

Dr. Golshani’s days are busy as he leads his UCLA laboratory of seven post-docs, two graduate and 20 undergraduate students. His life is also enriched by his wife and three young boys and his hobbies of skiing and hiking.

It was through the UCLA Center for Israel Studies that Dr. Golshani met philanthropist Sharon Nazarian. She suggested that he become involved with the AFBSF and further his desire to increase funding for collaborative research with scientists in Israel. He said, “I’m a dedicated supporter of science in Israel. With my contacts in the field of Neuroscience and those in the Los Angeles community, I feel I can make a positive difference on the AFBSF board and increase awareness for BSF’s important scientific achievements.”