Alvaro Pascual-Leone

Director of Targeted Research Studies

Alvaro Pascual-Leone is professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, and program director of the Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center at Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. He continues to practice neurology, specializing in behavioral neurology and movement disorders, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Pascual-Leone is a world leader in research and development, clinical application, and teaching of noninvasive brain stimulation. His research aims at understanding the mechanisms that control brain plasticity across the life span to be able to modify them for the patient’s optimal behavioral outcome, prevent age-related cognitive decline, and reduce the risk for dementia. He has authored more than 450 scientific papers as well as several books, and is a listed inventor in several patents. He has served as principal investigator of several multicenter clinical and cohort studies.

Teams: Leadership Team, Research Team


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Football is more than a physical game; mental agility and thinking skills are also important. The Brain Health Study focuses on how NFL players think, and provides immediate feedback.

Examining the Whole Player, the Whole Life

How do injuries impact the overall health of a football player?

FAQs: The Study's Independence

How is the Football Players Health Study funded? How does Harvard benefit from conducting this study? What's in it for the researchers? Does the funding agency control the data? Watch this video to find out.

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Partnering with Former Players: A Collaboration

Learn more from both former players and researchers on how their partnership is making this Study a success.