JAMES H. FALLON, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois (1975) in Neuroanatomy and Physiology and Masters in psychology and psychophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from St Michael’s College, a Sloan Fellowship, Senior Fulbright Fellowship (Africa) and NIH Research Career Award. He was Chair of the UCI Faculty and Academic Senate and Chair of the UCI College of Medicine Faculty. He sits on numerous corporate boards and national think tanks for science, biotechnology, the arts, and the US military.
He is a Subject Matter Expert in the field of “cognition and war” to the Pentagon’s Joint Command and Vice Chair of the American Land Forces Institute, and is a member of the Vatican’s Arts and Technology Council. He was the national scientific coordinator for the NIH Functional Brain Imaging Research Network for ten years.
His research program is focuses on brain imaging, genetics, neuroanatomy, connectomes, imaging genetics of psychopathologies, psychopathy, depression, schizophrenia, tobacco use, language disorders, personality, intelligence, male-female differences in cognition, consciousness and anesthesia, human cortical development, sleep, emotional memory, modeling of neural circuits, and law, culture, psychopathy, murder, dictatorships, and the brain. Fallon’s lab was the first to find how to mobilize massive numbers of adult stem cells to reverse the deficits in models of chronic stroke and Parkinson’s disease, which was recently heralded as one of the top seven breakthrough findings of the decade. He also discovered the neuroanatomical basis of psychopathy, and numerous discoveries on the associations between coding and non-coding genes, and behavior. His lab is also creating new neural interfaces for advanced prosthetic limbs and neural chips. Fallon and his colleagues are interested in the neural circuitry and genetics of creativity, artistic talent, extraordinary abilities, psychopathology, criminal behavior, levels of consciousness, and reconstruction of the paleolithic brain and genome.
He is a regular contributing commentator on the brain, genes, and behavior on CNN, NPR, PBS, BBC, and Discovery. His major nonfiction books for lay readers are “The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain,” and “Virga Tears: The True Story of a Soldier’s Sojourn Back to Vietnam”
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