Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics

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Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) [1][2]
FocusBrain mapping & therapeutics
  • 8159 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 200 West Hollywood, CA 90046
Key people
Babak Kateb[3] Founder/Chairman/CEO SBMT [4]

The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) is a non-profit biomedical association (501c6) principally concerned with Brain Mapping and Intra-operative Surgical planning.[1] The Brain Mapping Foundation provides funding to members of the society.[5][6]

In 2013 SBMT Board and Members defined Brain Mapping as the study of the anatomy and function of the brain and spinal cord through the use of imaging (including intra-operative, microscopic, endoscopic and multi-modality imaging), immunohistochemistry, molecular & optogenetics, stem cell and cellular biology, engineering (material, electrical and biomedical), neurophysiology and nanotechnology.


The organization started by, Babak Kateb, out of the collaboration between NASA/JPL-USC-Keck School of Medicine and Caltech through an initial summit at NASA/JPL attended by nearly by 15 scientists from those institutions back in 2003. The summit was co-organized by Wolfgang Fink (NASA/JPL), John George (NASA/JPL) and Babak Kateb (USC-Keck School). Thus, the official color of the organization is Maroon and Gold. This initial think-tanks summit gradually grew over time to a larger think-tank international convention. In 2004, Babak Kateb (the founder), Farzad Massoudi and Warren Grundfest filed the necessary legal and tax paperwork with the US IRS and obtained approval from IRS for a 501c6 Non-Profit multidisciplinary and multi-specialty (engineers, scientists, physicians, surgeons and policymakers as well as healthcare executives) biomedical association.

The initial name of the organization was: International Brain Mapping & Intra-operative Surgical Planning Society (IBMISPS). The name was aimed at the international nature of the organization, its clinical and basic science approach toward brain mapping and image guided surgery/therapeutics. In 2011, the 9th president (at the time President-elect) of then IBMISPS (Mike Chen) proposed a name change for the organization in order to better capture its mission and impact. Many names were proposed including: International Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (ISBMT) and Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT). The members of IBMISPS (Now SBMT) voted to choose Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) as the new name for the organization in its 8th (2011) Annual World Brain Mapping meeting at UCSF.

The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) was founded in 2004 to break boundaries in healthcare. The society promotes policies that support rapid, safe, and cost-effective translation of new technology into medicine.[7] SBMT played a significant role in the formulation, planning and execution of Obama's BRAIN Initiative and in 2013 pioneered the G20+ World Brain Mapping & Therapeutic Initiative, which is aimed at creating a global consortium focusing on integration of nanotechnology, imaging, cellular/stem cell therapeutics, Information Technology (IT) and devices (this approach called NanoBioElectronics) in Brain Mapping.

The Society appoints a new president every year. The past 15 Presidents of SBMT are:

2004 November (1) USC-Keck School Los Angeles, CA ------ Dr. Babak Kateb (Founder/Founding President/Electrical Engineer and Neuroscientist)
2005 November (2) The Westin Hotel, Pasadena, CA ------- Dr. Ferenc A Jolesz, First elected president (Radiologist and Neurosurgeon)
2006 September (3) Clermont-Ferrand, France ------------- Dr. Warren Grundfest (BioMedical Engineer & General Surgeon)
2007 September (4) Washington Hotel, Washington, DC ----- Dr. Farzad Massoudi (Neurosurgeon)
2008 August (5) UCLA-CNSI Los Angeles, CA ------------ Dr. Jean-Jacques Lemaire (Neurosurgeon)
2009 August (6) Joseph Martin Conference center/Harvard Medical School Boston, MA ------ Dr. Neal Prakash (Neurologist)
2010 May (7) USUHS/University, Bethesda, MD ------ Drs. Neal Parkash/Mike Roy (USUHS Local Chairman and organizer-Internist)
2011 June (8) UCSF/Mission Bay Conf. Ctr, San Francisco, CA ---- Drs. Michael Okun (Neurologist)/Chis Bankiewics (UCSF Local Chairman of Organizer/Neuroscientist)
2012 June (9) Toronto, Ontario, Canada -------- Dr. Mike Chen (Neurosurgeon)
2013 May (10) Baltimore Convention Ctr, Baltimore, MD ---- Dr. Michael Roy (Internist)
2014 March (11) Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, Australia ---- Dr. Kuldip Sidhu (Stem Cell Scientist)
2015 March (12) LA Convention Center Los Angeles, CA ------ Drs. Shouleh Nikzad (Physicist)/Babak kateb (Local Chairman and organizer)
2016 April (13) Miami Convention Center, Miami, FL ------ Drs. Aaron Filler (Neurosurgeon, Neuroscientist and Attorney) /Ranu Jung (FIU Local Chairman and organizer and BioMedical Engineer)
2017 April (14) Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA ------ DR.J. Wesson Ashford (Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)
2018 April (15) Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA ------ DR.Warren Boling (Professor of Neurosurgery and Chairman)

The Society has Following Programs and Initiatives:

Awards, Visiting Scholars, Fellowship, annual Conventions, symposia and Meetings, Brain Policy, Health & Fitness, Publications, Student Chapters, K12 neuroscience, commercialization, BRAIN Initiative, G20+ World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Initiative (G20+ WBMTI) and Brain Mapping.TV

Partnership, Endorsements and Co-sponsorships[edit]

G20+ World Brain Mapping & Therapeutic Scientific Summit,[8][9] American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), International Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine (ISMRM), California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), NASA-Human Health and Performance Center (NASA-HHPC) The WH-OSTP-the White House Office Science Policy and Technology DoD the USA Department of Defense The US Congress- The USA Congressional Neuroscience Caucus ACRO American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/JPL) NASA-Glenn Center (NASA/Glenn) NASA-Ames Center (NASA/Ames) LANL-Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) BMF-Brain Mapping Foundation (BMF) NCNBE-National Center for NanoBioElectronics (NCNBE)

Collaborating partners also include: Australian Government and Australian Bio Tech (collections of 650 Australasia biotech firms), Canadian government and scientists, Turkish scientists, more than 200 universities and research institutions across the world. Man of the US Government Agencies. SBMT has near 3000 contacts with the industry around the globe.[10][11]

Executive Board [12][edit]

Board Members[edit]

Board appointments is one year with possibility of extension depending on how active the member is.

Previous conferences[edit]

  • 2004 (15 Nov) Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • 2005 (17–19 Nov) Pasadena, CA, USA
  • 2006 (5–8 Sep) Clermont Ferrand, France
  • 2007 (6–8 Sep) Washington DC, USA
  • 2008 (26–29 Aug) Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2009 (26–29 Aug) Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  • 2010 (24-27 May) Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, USA
  • 2011 (8-10 Jun) Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 2012 (2-4 Jun) Metro Toronto Conference Center, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2013 (12-14 May) Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 2014 (17-19 Mar) Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, Australia
  • 2015 (6-8 Mar) L.A. Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2016 (8-10 April) Miami Convention Center, Miami, FL, USA
  • 2017 (18-20 April) Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, USA [13]


  1. ^ a b "NHHPC Members". NASA.
  2. ^ "Annual World Congress of Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics".
  3. ^ "Q&A with Babak Kateb".
  4. ^ "Brain Mapping Society Honors 'Dig' Writer-Producer Tim Kring". Variety.
  5. ^ "'Skip' Rizzo honored for advances in virtual reality therapy". USCNews.
  6. ^ "Neuroscience Caucus".
  7. ^ Administrator. "Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics - About SBMT".
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  12. ^ Administrator. "Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics - Board of Directors".
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