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Ali Jannati, MD, PhD

Ali Jannati, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Education History:
Ph.D., Cognitive and Neural Sciences , Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
M.A., Cognitive and Neural Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
M.D.,Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Ali received his MD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran, where he was involved in research studies in neurogenetics, neuropharmacology, cognitive psychology, and neurology. He then pursued his graduate studies in Cognitive and Neural Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where he studied visual attention, masking, and visual search in healthy adult humans using visual psychophysics, electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERPs).

Ali first joined the BA-CNBS as a Visiting Fellow in 2013, while still in graduate school, to gain experience in applications of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). After completing his PhD training, he returned to the BA-CNBS as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in December 2014.

Research Interests:

Ali’s long-term interests lie in utilizing techniques in cognitive neuroscience and neurophysiology, including behavioral experiments, EEG/ERP, noninvasive brain stimulation, and functional neuroimaging to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. At present, he is working on a project that explores the utility of TMS measures of brain plasticity as a novel neurophysiologic endophenotype in high- and low-functioning adults and children with autism spectrum disorders.

Selected Publications:

  1. Jannati A, Block G, Oberman LM, Rotenberg A, Pascual-Leone A. 2017. Interindividual variability in response to continuous theta-burst stimulation in healthy adults. Clin Neurophysiol. 128(11): 2268-2278. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29028501.
  2. Gomes-Osman J, Cabral DF, Hinchman C, Jannati A, Morris TP, Pascual-Leone A. 2017. The effects of exercise on cognitive function and brain plasticity - a feasibility trial. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 35(5):547-556. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28984621.
  3. Fried PJ, Jannati A, Davila-Pérez P, Pascual-Leone A. 2017. Reproducibility of single-pulse, paired-pulse, and intermittent theta-burst TMS measures in healthy aging, type-2 diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. Front Aging Neurosci. 9:263. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28871222.
  4. Chang WH, Fried PJ, Saxena S, Jannati A, Gomes-Osman J, Kim YH, Pascual-Leone A. 2016. Optimal number of pulses as outcome measures of neuronavigated transcranial magnetic stimulation. Clin Neurophysiol. 127(8):2892-7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27156431.
  5. Jannati A, Teixeira PEP, Lopes GHR, Babiker-Mohamed M, Huerta R, Filier LB et al. 2016. The effects of individually tailored rTMS on hand function in chronic stroke: a protocol for an adaptive, phase II, randomized, sham-controlled clinical trial. Princip Pract Clinic Res. 1(4):128-136. http://www.ppcr.org/journal/index.php/ppcrjournal/article/view/36/31.
  6. Jannati A, McDonald JJ, Di Lollo V. 2015. Individual differences in rate of encoding predict estimates of visual short-term memory capacity (K). Can J Exp Psychol. 69(2):213-20. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25774996
  7. Patten JW, Lagroix HE, Dixon P, Di Lollo V, Sager B,Jannati A, Yanko MR, Spalek TM. 2015. Escape from temporal-integration masking: the roles of visible persistence and input filtering. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 41(2):431-40. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25706767
  8. Jannati A, Spalek TM, Di Lollo V. 2013. A novel paradigm reveals the role of reentrant visual processes in object substitution masking. Atten Percept Psychophys. 75(6):1118-27. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23673610
  9. Jannati A, Gaspar JM, McDonald JJ. 2013. Tracking target and distractor processing in fixed-feature visual search: Evidence from human electrophysiology. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 39(6):1713-30. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23527999
  10. McDonald JJ, Green JJ, Jannati A, Di Lollo V. 2013. On the electrophysiological evidence for the capture of visual attention. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 39(3):849-60. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23163789
  11. Lagroix HE, Spalek TM, Wyble B, Jannati A, Di Lollo V. 2012. The root cause of the attentional blink: first-target processing or disruption of input control? Atten Percept Psychophys. 74(8):1606-22. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22893006
  12. Jannati A,Spalek TM, Lagroix HE, Di Lollo V. 2012. The attentional blink is not affected by backward masking of T2, T2-mask SOA, or level of T2 impoverishment. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 38(1):161-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22060143
  13. Jannati A, Di Lollo V. 2012. Relative blindsight arises from a criterion confound in metacontrast masking: implications for theories of consciousness. Conscious Cogn. 21(1):307-14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22051554
  14. Jannati A, Spalek TM, Di Lollo V. Neither backward masking of T2 nor task switching is necessary for the attentional blink. Psychon Bull Rev. 2011 Feb;18(1):70-5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21327367
  15. Jannati A, Spalek TM, Di Lollo V. 2011. On the labile memory buffer in the attentional blink: masking the T2 representation by onset transients mediates the AB. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 37(4):1182-92. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21517212>
  16. Togha M, Karvigh SA, Nabavi M, Moghadam NB, Harirchian MH, Sahraian MA, Enzevaei A, Nourian A, Ghanaati H, Firouznia K, Jannati A., Shekiba M. 2010. Simvastatin treatment in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis receiving interferon beta 1a: a double-blind randomized controlled trial. Mult Scler. 16(7):848-54. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20488825
  17. Ekhtiari H, Behzadi A, Dehghani M, Jannati A, Mokri A. 2009. Prefer a cash slap in your face over credit for halva. Judgment & Decision Making, 4(7), 534-542. http://journal.sjdm.org/9610/jdm9610.pdf
  18. van Rijsbergen N, Jannati A, Treves A. 2008. Aftereffects in the perception of emotion following brief, masked adaptor faces. Open Behav Sci J. 2:36-52. http://benthamopen.com/ABSTRACT/TOBSJ-2-36
  19. Gholipour T, Riazi K, Noorian AR, Jannati A, Honar H, Doratotaj B, Nik HH, Shariftabrizi A, Dehpour AR. 2008. Seizure susceptibility alteration following reversible cholestasis in mice: Modulation by opioids and nitric oxide. Eur J Pharmacol. 580(3):322-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18164287
  20. Riazi K, Honar H, Homayoun H, Rashidi N, Kiani S, Ebrahimkhani MR, Noorian AR, Ghaffari K, Jannati A, Dehpour AR. 2005. The synergistic anticonvulsant effect of agmatine and morphine: possible role of alpha 2-adrenoceptors. Epilepsy Res. 65(1-2):33-40. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15975766
  21. Najmabadi H, Neishabury M, Sahebjam F, Kahrizi K, Shafaghati Y, Nikzat N, Jalalvand M, Aminy F, Hashemi SB, Moghimi B, Noorian AR, Jannati A, Mohammadi M, Javan K. 2003. The Iranian Human Mutation Gene Bank: a data and sample resource for worldwide collaborative genetics research. Hum Mutat. 21(2):146-50. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12552562
  22. Pasalar P, Najmabadi H, Noorian AR, Moghimi B, Jannati A, Soltanzadeh A, Krefft T, Crook R, Hardy J. 2002. An Iranian family with Alzheimer's disease caused by a novel APP mutation (Thr714Ala). Neurology. 58(10):1574-5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12034808