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9th ICBEM, 5.-8.9.2013, Geneva, Switzerland

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Public Lecture

Niels Birbaumer, Tübingen, Germany

Niels Birbaumer was born in Ottau in the Czech Republic. He studied Biological Psychology at the University of Vienna and became Assistant Professor at the University of Munich. He is Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Tübingen. He did several visiting professorships in the US, Italy, and Spain. He received the honorary doctorship of the University of Jena, The University of Madrid, and the University of Salzburg. He received many awards, among which the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, and the Helmholtz-Award of the Berlin Brandenburgische Academy of Sciences.

Niels Birbaumer is author of more than 600 scientific publications and author and editor of 15 scientific books. His research topic is centered around neuronal plasticity and learning. H is the world leading figure in Brain-Computer Interfaces that allow patients with complete paralysis (“locked-in”) to communicate. He has written many critical articles about the possibilities, challenges, and limitations of reading the brain’s mind.


Opening Lecture

Fernando Lopes da Silva, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

F.H. Lopes da Silva received his M.D. from the University of Lisbon and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Utrecht (1970). He taught Neurophysiology (from 1975 to 1985) as a visiting professor of the Twente University (program Bio-Medical Engineering). He was appointed full professor in General Physiology at the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Amsterdam in 1980 (since 2000 he is Emeritus Professor). He was the first director of the Institute of Neurobiology of the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. In 1985, he was elected member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 1995 to 2002, he was Scientific Director of the Institute of Epilepsy (Heemstede). Since 2000 he is invited Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon and since 2005 Part-time Professor of the IST of the Technical University of Lisbon in the framework of the post-graduate Program in Bio-Medical Engineering. He received several honors, among which degrees of Doctor Honoris Causa (Universities of Lisbon, Porto and Helsinki), the Herbert H. Jasper Award of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, the degree of grand-officer of the Order of Santiago da Espada of Portugal, and the degree of knight of the order of the “Nederlandse Leeuw”.

His research interests are mainly the study of the electrophysiology and biophysics of brain systems, in particular the origin and organization of rhythmic activities of the brain, and the origin of epileptic phenomena especially of absence seizures. Furthermore he researches the functional organization of neuronal networks in relation to cognitive processes.


Keynote Lectures

Biyu Jade He, NIH, Bethesda, USA

Biyu Jade He received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis where she studied the functional significance and spatiotemporal structures of spontaneous brain activity, as well as the neural basis of the fMRI signal. After doing a short post doc at Mallinkrodt Insitute of Radiology at Washington University, she joined NIH as an Early Stage Investigator in August 2010. Current research interests in her lab focus on scale-free brain activity and the neural mechanisms of conscious vs. unconscious processing.


Guido Nolte, Hamburg, Germany

Guido Nolte received his PhD in theoretical physics in 1995 from the University of Oldenburg/Germany. Since then he worked on theoretical aspects of data analysis of EEG and MEG data at the Benjamin Franklin Klinikum in Berlin (1995-200), at the Dept. of Computer Science of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (2000-2002), at the NIH in Bethesda/MD (2002-2005), and at the Fraunhofer Institute FIRST in Berlin (2005-2012). Since February 2012 he is the head of the MEG lab of the Dept. of Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology of the UKE in Hamburg/Germany.


Stephan Heckers, Nashville, USA

Dr. Heckers graduated from Medical School at the University of Cologne, Germany and completed his clinical training in Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. He was the Director of the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA between 2003 and 2005. Since January 2006 he has been serving as the Chair of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Heckers studies the neural basis of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. His laboratory combines neuroimaging experiments in patients with cellular and molecular studies. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Dr. Paul Janssen Schizophrenia Research Award and the A.E. Bennett Award.

Dr. Heckers is a member of several editorial boards, including JAMA Psychiatry, Schizophrenia Bulletin and Schizophrenia Research and is a member of the Scientific Council of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.


Mark S. George, Charleston, USA

Mark S. George received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1985. He is board certified in neurology and psychiatry. After a research fellowship at Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, England, he moved to Washington, DC at NIMH. Being one of the first to use functional imaging (particularly oxygen PET) he discovered that specific brain regions change activity during normal emotions. This imaging work directly led to his pioneering use of TMS, as a probe of neuronal circuits regulating mood, and to clinical trials using TMS as an antidepressant. He discovered that daily prefrontal rTMS over several weeks could treat depression, which was then FDA approved 2008.

In 1995 he moved back to Charleston and built the functional neuroimaging division and brain stimulation laboratories. This imaging group has grown into the MUSC Center for Advanced Imaging Research, which is now part of the SC Brain Imaging Center of Excellence. He continues to use imaging (particularly functional MRI) and non-invasive stimulation (TMS, or VNS) to understand the brain regions involved in regulating emotion in health and disease.

He is a world expert in brain stimulation, and depression, and is the editor-in-chief of a new journal he launched with Elsevier in 2008 called, Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translation and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation. He has received numerous international awards including the NARSAD Klerman Award (2000), NARSAD Falcone Award (2008) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) given by the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP). In 2009 US News and World Report named him one of 14 ‘medical pioneers who are not holding back’. He is on several editorial review boards and NIH study sections, has published over 400 scientific articles or book chapters, and has written or edited 6 books.


Ken Nagata, Atika, Japan

Ken Nagata graduated from Hirosaki University School of Medicine in 1978. He was research fellow at the Department of Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine in USA and then at the Department of Neurology, Research Institute for Brain and Blood Vessels at the Mihara Memorial Hospital in Akita, Japan. In 2002 he became director of the Department of Neurology at this Institution. He is board member of the International Society for Vascular Cognitive and Behavioral Disorders and the International Society of Vascular Dementia as well as the Asian Society against Dementia.