Arthur W. Toga, PhD
Founder and Director
Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI)
Arthur W. Toga is Director of the USC Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, Director of the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, Provost Professor, Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurology, Psychiatry, and the Behavioral Sciences, Radiology and Engineering at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. His research is focused on neuroimaging, informatics, mapping brain structure and function, and brain atlasing. He has developed multimodal imaging and data aggregation strategies and applied them in a variety of neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders. His work in informatics includes the development and implementation of some of the largest and most widely used databases and data mining tools linking disparate data from genetics, imaging, clinical and behavior, supporting global efforts in Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease. He was trained in neuroscience and computer science and has written more than 1,000 papers, chapters and abstracts, including eight books. In the fall of 2013, he and the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging were recruited to the University of Southern California. Prior to his recruitment to USC, Dr. Toga was recruited to UCLA in 1987 where he directed the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging. This 80-member laboratory includes graduate students from computer science, biostatistics and neuroscience. It is funded with grants from the National Institutes of Health grants as well as industry partners. He has received numerous awards and honors in computer science, graphics and neuroscience. At UCLA, he was a Distinguished Professor of Neurology, held the Geffen Chair of Informatics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was the Associate Director of the UCLA Brain Mapping Division within the Neuropsychiatric Institute, and was Associate Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal NeuroImage and has held the chairmanship of numerous committees within NIH and a variety of international task forces. Dr. Toga is the principal investigator for GAAIN.