Bechir Jarraya MD-PhD

Professor Medical School, University of Versailles
Head of NeMo team, NeuroSpin imaging center, CEA Saclay, I2BM/UNICOG, Neurosurgeon, responsible of the Neuromodulation unit Department of Neurosurgery, Foch Hospital, Paris

Béchir Jarraya MD-PhD is a neurosurgeon and a professor of therapeutics (PU-PH) at the medical school of UVSQ (Université Paris-Saclay, France) and a principal investigator at NeuroSpin neuroimaging center. Both neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, he graduated from the Paris 6 university (UPMC), and trained as resident in neurosurgery at Paris hospitals, France. He also trained in neuroscience research and obtained a Master degree then a PhD degree in neuroscience in 2006 from Paris 6 university (UPMC). He then worked as a research fellow at Harvard medical school and the Massachusetts general hospital (Boston, USA).

Back to Paris, he was granted the competitive Inserm Avenir program, with the support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, to mount the laboratory of cognitive and translational neurosciences that he is currently leading, in Neurospin neuroimaging center at CEA Saclay (French atomic energy research commissariat, life science division). He also pursued neurosurgery as clinical chief in the functional neurosurgery unit at Henri Mondor hospital, Paris greater area, where he specialized further in neuromodulation, cell and gene therapies for neurological disorders. Since September 2011, he was appointed as responsible of the neuromodulation unit, in the department of neurosurgery, Foch hospital, Paris greater area. In 2012, he was selected in the Young Leaders program of the French American Foundation. He published several neuroscience and neurosurgical studies in international journals.

He is also co-inventor of a new gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease. Now he combines fMRI and preclinical models to develop new neuromodulation methods and targets to treat chronic neurological disorders.