Dr. Harith Akram is Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Unit of Functional Neurosurgery (UCL) in Queen Square.

#56: Harith Akram – Connectomic DBS, Sweetspots and Building a Supercomputer

Harith Akram is the consultant neurosurgeon at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (UCLH) and the Unit of Functional Neurosurgery (UCL) at Queen Square. We discuss Dr. Akram’s hobbies beyond the lab and OR and delve into his fascinating journey which culminated in him training in the UK, with many stops along the way.

Harith shares insights into his illustrious career, highlighting the key mentors who shaped his path, including Drs. Marwan Hariz and Ludvic Zrinzo. With many anecdotes about these influential figures, he reveals the unique lessons each imparted on his training.

We then explore Harith’s research and clinical work, from the creation of the innovative ‘Gilgamesh’ to his highly cited STN symptom-specific sweetspots paper. He discusses the practical impacts of his research on surgical practices and his involvement in pivotal projects like the four-lead OCD trial and thalamic segmentations based on tractography.

The conversation also touches on underutilized therapies, such as DBS for cluster headaches, and the exciting potential of a new MR sequence he designed (i.e., FAT1). Harith provides his perspective on the future of lesion-based therapies, particularly cingulotomies for OCD and pain.

Harith shares his advice for young researchers, reflects on missed opportunities, and engages in rapid-fire questions that reveal his thoughts on the future of neuroscience and academia.

Join us for an inspiring and informative episode that showcases Harith’s remarkable journey and contributions.

Taha, Alaa; Horn, Andreas (2024). #56: Harith Akram – Connectomic DBS, Sweetspots and Building a Supercomputer. figshare. Media. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.26210582.v1

  • Dr. Akram enjoys photography and has shared this photo he took of the moon.

  • Dr. Marwan Hariz and Dr. Harith Akram