KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

The following keynote lectures are already confirmed:

Understanding the concept of degeneracy to explain lesion deficits and recovery after stroke | Professor Cathy Price, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, United Kingdom


Cathy Price is professor of cognitive neuroscience at the Institute of Neurology, Faculty of Brain Sciences at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at the University College London in the UK. She received her PhD in clinical and experimental neuropsychology at Birkbeck College.
Her aim is to establish a functional anatomical model of language that predicts how speech and reading are lost and recovered following neurological damage or developmental delay. Her work revolves around the concept of degeneracy, i.e. the idea that the brain can perform each task in multiple ways. The effect of damage or developmental delay will depend on whether there is a surviving system available to sustain the task. She uses structural and functional MRI to characterize individual variability in neuronal networks and to examine how brain damage affects cognitive abilities in patients.

Split-brain: don’t believe everything that’s in psychology textbooks | Professor Edward de Haan, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Edward de Haan is professor of neuropsychology at the department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam. He finished his PhD on face recognition disorders at Lancaster University in the UK.
His research interests range from applied clinical neuropsychology to fundamental neuroscience, particularly visual, auditory and somatosensory perception, memory, emotion, and consciousness. His current research aims to develop a new functional architecture of the visual brain, based on two concepts: necessity and cortical networks. His group studies patients with focal brain damage in order to determine which brain structures are necessary for the execution of  certain functions (for example seeing color or movement), and how these necessary brain structures are linked together.

In the era of biomarkers of dementia, is neuropsychology still useful? | Professor Jean-Francois Démonet, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


Jean-Francois Demonet is a French neurologist, trained in Toulouse, Montreal and London. His specialty is the neurophysiology of language and memory. He uses cognitive testing, brain imaging and function mapping, from EEG to MRI and direct cortical stimulation, to complement the classical neuropsychological approach. He was a co-founder of the FESN. Currently, he is professor of neurology at Lausanne University Hospital and head of the Leenaards Memory Centre, an inter-disciplinary service combining the clinical approach to patients with dementia and their families, with research focused on advanced multimodal biomarkers and innovative treatments of the ageing brain.

On the bright side of aging: Memory and brain maintenance | Professor Lars Nyberg, University of Umeå, Sweden


Lars Nyberg serves as Professor of Psychology and Neurosciences at Umeå University, Sweden. He has been active in the field of functional neuroimaging of memory for more than two decades. He is the director of Umeå Center for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI), and a principal investigator of the Betula longitudinal project on aging, memory and dementia. Since 2008 he is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Nyberg’s research is currently focused on the identification of genetic, brain, and life-style predictors of heterogeneity in cognitive-aging profiles.