Lind Lawrence Eminent Scholar


Vice-Chairman of Research, Department of Neurosurgery

Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery and

Molecular and Medical Pharmacology

DavidGeffenSchoolof Medicine at UCLA

Los Angeles,California

Current Position and Recent Achievements

Dr. Hovda is the Director of theUCLABrainInjuryResearchCenter. He is Past President of the National Neurotrauma and International Neurotrauma Societies.  He has served as Chair of study sections for the National Institute for Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS).  Dr. Hovda has received a number of awards for his research on brain injury and recovery of function, including the 1991 National Head Injury Foundation Award, the Giannini Foundation Award, the Benjamin Franklin Haught Memorial Award, the 2008 Deborah L. Warden Lectureship Award  and named the Lind Lawrence Eminent Scholar for his work on the topic of Traumatic Brain Injury.   In addition, Dr. Hovda received the 2006 Women in Neurotrauma award for his teaching and support for women in neuroscience.

In 2010, Dr. Hovda participated in the Blue Ribbon Panel on Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress convened by General Peter W. Chiarelli and has continued his involvement with the military under the direction of General James F. Amos.  In 2011, Dr. Hovda received the “Strength of the Nation Award” from the United States Army, the highest award given to a civilian from the United States Army; and it was presented to Dr. Hovda on June 15, 2011 by the Secretary of the Army in recognition of Dr. Hovda’s efforts to help treat military personnel suffering from mild traumatic brain injury returning from theater.  In 2012, Dr. Hovda received the Alumni Association’s James F. Zimmerman Award from theUniversityofNew Mexico.  Dr. Hovda is most well known internationally for his translational work on the pathobiology of traumatic brain injury and has devoted most of his career to understanding the mechanisms of recovery of function.    Dr. Hovda has consulted with Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Hockey League and World Boxing Council.  He continues to serve as a consultant for professional sporting organizations, as well as the Veteran’s Administration and Department of Defense, addressing issues related to traumatic brain injury and recovery of function.

Scientific History

Dr. Hovda received his doctoral training at theUniversityofNew Mexico.  His 1985 doctoral thesis described how amphetamine administration can restore binocular depth perception after damage to the visual cortex.  Dr. Hovda completed his postdoctoral training at the Mental Retardation Research Center at UCLA conducting research on the topic of neuroplasticity and recovery after cerebral hemispherectomy. This work resulted in several discoveries addressing how the young brain can reorganize itself in order to enhance recovery of function after it has been damaged.  In 1989, Dr. Hovda was recruited by the Division of Neurosurgery to direct its scientific efforts to understand the cellular pathophysiology of brain injury.  In 1990, theUCLABrainInjuryResearchCenterwas created under Dr. Hovda and Dr. Donald Becker’s oversight incorporating teaching, research, patient care and service for the field of traumatic brain injury.


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