KEYNOTE Speakers

Sylvain Baillet

Sylvain Baillet

Canada

Sylvain Baillet is Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, and Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in Neural Dynamics of Brain Systems. His main research contributions are in brain imaging methods and multimodal, quantitative electrophysiology, with emphasis on magnetoencephalography (MEG) for time-resolved brain imaging.

These advances also applied to EEG – a technique widely used in research, clinics, and wearable devices. Through international collaborations, he leads impactful open-source software developments (Brainstorm: 25,300 user accounts), efforts for data harmonization (MEG-BIDS) and data sharing (the Open MEG Archive/OMEGA). Sylvain trained 130 students who produced 300 publications.

He obtained a total of $34M in research funding in his career so far. As program leader, Sylvain founded 2 MEG core units in Canada and the US; he was Director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (MNI, 2013-17) and is now the Associate Dean for Research of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine, the top research-intensive medical school in Canada. https://www.mcgill.ca/neuro/sylvain-baillet-phd

Prof. Dr. Dario Farina

Prof. Dr. Dario Farina

Chair of Neurorehabilitation Engineering
Department of Bioengineering
Imperial College London, London, UK

Prof. Dr. Talma Hendler

Talma Hendler

Tel Aviv University, Israel

Speech title: How does the brain talk with our mind?

Dr Talma Hendler; Full Professor of psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience at Tel Aviv University.
MD (Tel Aviv University); PhD (SUNY StonyBrook; USA); Licensed psychiatrist (Sheba); Research fellow NIMH USA; Founding director
Sagol Brain Institute (Ichilov); Israel born & USA citizenship, 2 children.

Dr Hendler has pioneered the use of functional-MRI in Israel by establishing the first research facility for studying human brain functions non-invasively (https://www.cbf-tlv.com/). Following her vision with a relatively small budget, she has founded and directed since the Sagol Brain Institute; a state-of-the-art, world-class systemneuroscience center, devoted to understanding the human brain function using advanced neuroimaging at multimodal (e.g. f/MRI, DTI, EEG) and multi-scale (from whole brain to intracranial neuronal recordings). By that she had an unprecedented contribution for bridging the gap between neuroscience and brain-medicine. Under her twodecade directorship, the Sagol Brain Institute has been nurtured by her success in raising philanthropic support of, large scale facility grants as well as multiple national and international competitive personal grants including ISF, NIMH, DOD and various EU programs.

Over the years this effort enabled the establishment of several research pillars headed by junior and senior researchers using in addition to advanced neuroimaging and AI, other research facilities such as; sleep-lab, immersive neuroscience lab, functional neurophysiology lab and functional psychoactive lab. Furthermore, the Sagol Brain Institute has become a world-model for how to rapidly translate research into clinical utility and commercial initiations.

The clinical translation is exemplified in two successful routine clinical services provided by the institute: Presurgical advanced brain mapping for neurosurgery and Neuromodulation for neuropsychiatry. The commercial spinoff is exemplified by GrayMatters Health; an Israeli startup using Hendler’s lab innovative technology for brain mapping (details below). Academically, Dr Hendler has excelled in both theoretical formulation and methodological development in cognitive-affective neuroscience.

Having had a multidisciplinary education in psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience is reflected in her critical contribution to major scientific questions in the field of brain and emotions with a strong focus on stress and trauma (see publications/invited lectures below). Using multi-level measurements (neural, psychological and biological) along with naturalistic dynamic paradigms (movies, music and interactive games), her work revealed neurobehavioral markers for individual differences in emotional experiences and in the effect of traumatic stress.

This work resulted in >200 peer-reviewed papers and six innovative IPs (listed below). Dr Hendler recently won the prestigious prize of leading scientist in Europe by the flagship EU program of Human Brain Project, reflecting the international appreciation for her unprecedented contribution to human brain science.

Andrew C. Papanicolaou

Andrew C. Papanicolaou

Professor of Neucience Emeritus
College of Medicine
The University of Tennessee, Health Science Center

Andrew C. Papanicolaou is a professor of Clinical Neurosciences Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, where he served as chief of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience. He is also president of the board of the Center of Applied Neuroscience of the University of Cyprus and an honorary member of the Hellenic Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology Societies.

He has served in the board of Regents of the University of Ioannina, Greece; as director of the Center of Clinical Neuroscience in the University of Texas—Houston Medical Center, and professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Pediatrics of the same Institution as well as an adjunct professor of Psychology at the University of Houston and of Linguistics at Rice University.

He founded and directed the Summer Institute of the International Neuropsychological Society, he founded the International Society for the Advancement of Clinical Magnetoencephalography, and the post-graduate program in Neuropsychology at the University of Athens.

His publications include over 300 technical articles and book chapters in the areas of cerebral organization of higher functions and pre-surgical functional brain mapping, and several books ranging from clinical textbooks to theoretical and philosophical monographs.