KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

The following keynote lectures are already confirmed:

Predictors of neurocognitive and social outcomes following early brain injury | Professor Vicki Anderson, Royal Children's Hospital, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor Vicki Anderson is a paediatric neuropsychologist at the Royal Children's Hospital and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research is focused on improving our understanding of childhood acquired brain injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury, stroke, concussion), chronic illness (e.g., cystic fibrosis, cancer, chronic fatigue) and neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, learning disability). Her team is internationally recognised for their longitudinal work covering a range of modalities including neuroimaging, cognitive, social and behavioural outcomes, as well as psychological interventions for these children and their families. She has served on the Board of Governors of the International Neuropsychological Society, and has been President of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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