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2013 Guests


Richard Frackowiak is Professor and head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Université de Lausanne (UNIL) and its Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV). He is a co-executive director of the EU’s billion-euro"Human Brain Project". Formerly Foundation Professor of Cognitive Neurology at University College London (UCL), Director of the Department of Cognitive Studies (DEC) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, Wellcome Trust Principal Clinical Research Fellow, Vice-Provost of UCL and Dean-Director of its Institute of Neurology. He founded the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience and the FIL in 1994. Frackowiak has an MA and MD from Cambridge (Peterhouse), a DSc from London University, an honorary medical doctorate from Liege University and an honorary professorship from UCL. A Fellow of the Academies of Medical Sciences of the UK, France and Belgium, he is a member of the Academia Europaea and a foreign associate of the Institute of Medicine of the American Academies and the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has served as president of the British Neuroscience Association and the European Brain and Behaviour Society. He is scientific advisor to the Director-General of INSERM in France. He has held prestigious visiting professorships, a chaire d’excellence from the Agence Nationale de Recherche, editorships and international society roles worldwide. He has always shown a commitment to Europe and had many advisory positions including chairmanship of the European Research Council(ERC) starting grants committee in Life Sciences and of the Medical Sciences committee of Science Europe. He is a pioneer of human brain imaging research developing a number of techniques and applying them to investigation of human brain structure and function relationships in health and disease.He has recently developed a more translational strategy in his research by developing novel image classification techniques for studies of individuals. His scientific output is highly cited with an h-index of 146. He has been awarded the Ipsen, Wilhelm Feldberg and Klaus Joachim Zulch prizes.
Jacek Jaworski, Ph.D currently is an associated professor at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland, where he leads Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology. His career up-to-date is characterized by high degree of scientific mobility. In 1996 he graduated from Warsaw University with M.Sc degree in biology. Next he joined Prof. Leszek Kaczmarek laboratory at the Nencki Institute in Warsaw where he start his adventure with neurobiology and graduated with PhD degree in 2001. Starting 2002 he joined Prof. Morgan Sheng laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Finally in 2005 he returned to Poland as an independent researcher at IIMCB. He also performs his research as a visiting scientist in University of Arizona, CNRS, CNR and Erasmus University. His research, thus far, always concentrated around different aspects of molecular neuroscience such as neuronal survival, development and plasticity. The research of his current team concentrates particularly on molecular mechanisms responsible for proper neuronal morphology with special attention paid to cellular signaling. Among his most important discoveries are description of a role of ICER transcription factor in neuronal cell death, discovery of a role of mTOR kinase (protein kinase mammalian Target of Rapamycin) and its several effectors in dendritogenesis and finally pinpointing a role of dynamic microtubules in spine structural plasticity. Results of his research were published in international journals including Neuron, Nat. Neurosci., PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience and Journal of Biological Chemistry. He is a member of Society for Neuroscience and Polish Society for Neuroscience. He is a recipient of Polish Prime Minister Award (twice), 2nd Division (Biological Sciences) of Polish Academy of Science Award and Foundation for Polish Science National Scholarship for Young Investigators. In years 2011-2013 he was appointed Deputy Director of International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw.
Stefan Heim, M.D., Ph.D., affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at RWTH Aachen University. Apart from teaching, Mr Heim also is a deputy coordinator for the "Speech-Language Teraphy" course at this very university. His research focuses on language and speech, including their disorders, as e.g., dyslexia and aphasia and includes experiments concerning language abilities, reading skills by means of e.g., functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Apart from the aforementioned, Mr Heim’s scientific interests include schizophrenia and human brain mapping.
Michał Fiedorowicz, PhD, graduated from Faculty of Biology at the University of Warsaw. His research field entails neurodegenerative diseases and neuroimaging.  During his career he has worked in Centre for Ophthalmology of the University of Tuebingen, and is currently affiliated with the Mossakowski Medical Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His research focuses mainly on the degenerative process of retinal ganglion cells in glaucoma animal model and therapeutical possibilites for its inhibition, using MRS/MRI (Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging) as his focal research techniques.
Kerstin Lenk studied information technology at Hochschule Lausitz. Currently, she is working on her PhD thesis at Tampere University of Technology (Finland) on analysis of data from multi-electrode arrays (MEAs) and multiphase concentration-responsecurves (CRC) used in research on influence of neuroactive substances and simulations of inhibitory and excitatory synapses in neural network. Moreover, she is a mentor in a "CyberMentor" special program, which is aimed at young girls interested in mathematics, information technology, natural science or engineering.
Artur Marchewka, Ph.D currently works in Laboratory of Brain Imaging (LOBI), Neurobiology Center, Nencki Institiute of Experimental Biology. Graduated from University of Warsaw, Faculty of Psychology, he obtained Ph.D in Laboratory of Psychophysiology, Department of Neurophysiology, Nencki Institiute of Experimental Biology. Dr Marchewka underwent post-doctoral training under supervision of Prof. Richard Frackowiak in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Université de Lausanne (UNIL) and its Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) developing optimal strategy in large-scale MR brain structures analyses of Alzheimer Diseases patients. Recently he introduced Nencki Affective Pictures System (NAPS,, which he is using together with functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) methods in order to study the influence of emotion on memory and attention. Apart from the aforementioned, dr Marchewka scientific interests include developmental dyslexia and brain plasticity. He is a recipient of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education scholarships for outstanding young scientists conducting high-quality research and with impressive scientific achievements (2013-16), SciexPosdoctoral Scholarship (2010-11). He obtained Jerzy Konorski Award (2012) granted annually by Polish Neuroscience Society and Neurobiology Committee PAN and Stefan Leder Award (2012) granted annually by the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr Marchewka teaches neuroimaging method sat Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw.
Hugo Caffaratti graduated from University Ramon LLull, Faculty of Engineering La Salle, in Barcelona, Spain, with a degree in Telecommunications Engineering. During this degree his specialisation was Electronic Systems, with a view to moving towards Biomedicine. On completion of his studies, Hugo therefore undertook the Master in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Barcelona and Polytechnic University of Catalunya. At the same time, Hugo developed a deep passion for the study of the psychology and theory of magic. After many years of professional training, he is now a semi-­professional magician and has been a member of the Spanish Society of illusionism since 2002. After a meeting with Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, a neuroscientist also interested in the art of Conjuring, Hugo was able to unite his two passions by embarking on a PhD in one of the most innovative branches of cognitive neuroscience: Neuromagic. This research is currently being undertaken at the Centre for Systems Neuroscience at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. Using magic as a source for designing new experimental paradigms, Hugo´s research focuses on the main cognitive functions such as attention, memory and visual perception, as well as more complex processes such as decision making.
Jarosław Michałowski studied psychology at the Adam-Mickiewicz University of Poznań and at the University of Greifswald (Germany). After he obtained his Master degree in clinical psychology he received the Doctoral Research Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and started to work on his PhD thesis under the supervision of Prof. Alfons Hamm at the University of Greifswald. During his PhD studies he finished his research project on the neural correlates of defensive responding in people with high anxiety sensitivity and specific phobias. At the same time, he completed his 4-year education in cognitive-behavioral therapy and his clinical training in a Psychiatry Department and in a Day Care Clinic. This clinical education/training resulted in a German license for Behavior Therapy (Approbation). After he completed his PhD and CBT education he moved back to Poland. He is now affiliated with the Faculty of Psychology University of Warsaw and is also working as a psychotherapist. In his research he investigates the relationship between fear/anxiety and the cognitive processing using EEG, fMRI and autonomic measures (HR, HRV, SCR).