SkuldNet Network

PRINCIPAL/INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATORS

Makiko
Yamada

Leader of the Brain and Mind Research Team at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba, Japan.

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Steve
Fleming

Principal Research Associate. Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, UCL.

I am a cognitive neuroscientist and psychologist with interests in decision-making, metacognition and conscious awareness. I combine computational models with a range of behavioural and cognitive neuroscience approaches including functional and structural MRI, TMS, M/EEG and eye tracking.

Research interests: Decision-making, Metacognition, Consciousness, Quantifying interindividual variability, Computational psychiatry, Functional imaging

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Martina
Callaghan

Senior Lecturer and Head of Physics. Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, UCL.

I am an MRI Physicist with expertise in quantitative imaging of brain microstructure and the linking of this information with function and behaviour. A key part of my work is the development of measurement techniques (pulse sequences to run on MRI scanners), which enable researchers to get rich information that describe the organisation and workings of the human brain, and the development of models that extract specific tissue properties from the acquired data.

Research interests:

  • Quantitative microstructural imaging of the human brain – Modelling of tissue properties – Evaluating interindividual variability – Exploring clinical conditions such as neurodegeneration
  • Functional imaging
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Chen
Song

Fellow and assistant professor at Cardiff University.

Head of the Brain Complexity and Consciousness Group at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC).

A central idea in biology is that structure determines function, and conversely, function modifies structure. The structure of the human brain varies substantially across individuals and exhibits marked plasticity within individuals. The variability and plasticity offer a natural tool to study the correlational and causal relations between brain structure, function, and cognition. My current research on this topic follows two inter-linked lines, where I investigate (1) how the structure of visual cortex affects neural function and human perception, and (2) how sleep benefits cognition by improving brain structure for better functionality. From these studies, I wish to gain an understanding of what constitutes an optimal brain structure, and explore how that may be achieved through brain plasticity.

Research interests: consciousness, perception, sleep, network science, neuroimaging methods

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Elisa
Filevich

Junior group leader at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin.

Head of the Metamotorlab at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin.

Research interests: Consciousness, metacognition, motor control.

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Makiko
Yamada

Leader of the Brain and Mind Research Team at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba, Japan.

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Kim
Mouridsen

Associate professor at Aarhus University. Managing Director and Founder Cercare Medical.

Head of the Neuroinformatics group at the Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience at Aarhus University.

Cercare Medical.

Research interests: Clinical Decision support, Artificial Intelligence, Statistics, Neuroimaging, Consciousness

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Christian
Lambert

Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist. Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, UCL.

I am a clinical-academic an honorary consultant in Neurology, with expertise in Neuroimaging and Movement Disorders. My work focuses on how differences in brain anatomy contribute to the variability between individuals in health and disease. I have developed a collection of advanced imaging techniques to better define subcortical and brainstem anatomy at an individual subject level. I have also developed ways to map anatomical patterns of disease heterogeneity, and combine clinical-genetic-imaging datasets to predict future complications.

Research interests:

  • Computational Anatomy & Phenotyping – Image segmentation – Interindividual variability – Neurodegeneration
  • Precision medicine
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Ryota
Kanai

Founder and CEO of Araya, Inc.

Araya is a Tokyo-based AI and Neuroscience startup aiming to understand the computational basis of consciousness by creating consciousness in AI.

After graduating from Department of Biophysics, Kyoto University, Ryota earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Utrecht University in Netherlands and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Caltech and University College London. He continued his research into consciousness as a Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience at Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex. He returned to his native Japan and founded Araya. He and his team at Araya aim to discover computational principles underlying consciousness and apply them in designing new forms of artificial intelligence, which can feel and ponder upon its own existence.

Research interests: neural and information basis of consciousness, information and physics, artificial and natural Intelligence, subjectivity and reality.

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Sune
Jespersen

Professor at Aarhus University.

Head of Neurophysics at the Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience at Aarhus University.

Research interests: MRI based microstructural mapping of the brain, diffusion MRI, statistical physics

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Manon
Grube

Assistant professor at the Center for Music in the Brain (MIB), Aarhus University.

Visiting researcher and Co-PI on large-scale School Project on Hearing & Language in the Adolescent Brain at Newcastle University Auditory Group (UK).

Guest researcher in EEG Project on Beat-based neural Entrainment at TU Berlin Machine Learning Group (Germany).

Research interests: Conscious and subconscious processing of time and rhythm, including congenital, developmental and neurological impairments, and the relevance to language, music and movement.

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Hans
Eiskjær

Professor, MD, DmSC, at Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital.

Head of the Cardiac Transplant Unit, Consultant in Cardiology, Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital.

Research interests: Cardiac arrest, mental and behavioral dysfunction, intensive cardiology, advanced heart failure

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Giulio
Tononi

Professor of Psychiatry, Distinguished Professor of Consciousness Studies, David P White Chair in Sleep Medicine University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Research interests: Consciousness and its disorders, the mechanism and function of sleep.

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Kristian
Sandberg

Associate professor at Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital.

Head of the Perception and Neuroarchitectural Mapping Group at the Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience at Aarhus University.

Research interests: Consciousness (including disorders of consciousness), perception, basic and clinical application of machine learning, MRI based neuroarchitectural mapping.

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Michael
Pitts

Associate professor at Reed College.

Head of the SCALP Lab in the Psychology Department at Reed College.

Research interests: attention, perception, consciousness, EEG, ERP, cognitive neuroscience

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Guido
Hesselmann

Professor of General and Biological Psychology at Psychologische Hochschule Berlin (PHB).

Research interests: visual perception, attention, bistable perception, consciousness, predictive coding.

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Michał
Wierzchoń

Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University. Founder of the C-Lab.

Secretary of the of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP; 2013-2017). Elected member of ESCoP Executive Committee (2015-2019). Member of the Polish Academy of Science (Young Scholar Academy; Committee of Psychology). Vice-Chairman of Young Scholar Academy (2014-2016). He worked as a visiting researcher at the CO3 Lab, Universite Libre de Bruxelles (2010-2011). I’m trying to investigate how conscious and unconscious processing differ. Searching for the vague threshold between both I use various behavioral paradigms to show how our consciousness influences the way we perceive and think about the world.

Research interests: embodiment, spatial navigation, sensory substitution, virtual reality.

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Marek
Binder

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University.