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2015 Guests

Prof. Gaute T. Einevoll

Norwegian University of Life Sciences and University of Oslo, Norway
Professor of physics at the at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and University of Oslo. His main research interests are on biophysical modelling of electrical signals and various aspects of multiscale modeling of early sensory pathways, including how to connect models at different levels of detail, biophysical modeling of astrocytes and their interactions with neurons, as well development of neuroinformatics tools. Prof. Einevoll received his master’s in physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim in 1985 and his doctoral degree in theoretical physics from the same university in 1991. He is currently serving as the vice-president of the Organization of Computational Neurosciences, and is also a co-leader of the Norwegian national node of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Society (INCF).

Prof. Dr. Fernando H. Lopes da Silva

University of Amsterdam, 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) at 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 2005 he is part-time Professor of the Superior Institute of Technology of 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.
His six most important publications in the research area of the lecture condacted od 5th AoN (citations according to Google Scholar): 

Prof. Wojciech Maksymowicz

University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland
Prof. Wojciech Maksymowicz, MD, PhD was born on 24th Mai 1955 in Włocławek. In 1980 he graduated from the Medical University of Warsaw, where he also received his doctorate (1980) and later post-doctoral degree (1994). He received his 1st and 2nd degree specialization in the range of neurosurgery and neurotraumatology (1983 and 1987) during his 12 years’ work in Neurosurgery Clinic at the Medical University of Warsaw. During that time he performed the first implantations of the epidural spinal cord stimulations in Poland in the cooperation with Restorative Neurology in Baylor College in Houston. He has been completing his neurosurgery knowledge during 5-years’ European Neurosurgery Course organized by European Association of Neurosurgical Societies, he completed the course in 1992 in Jerusalem. In 1990 he worked scientifically in the Clinic of Neurosurgery Wessex Neurological Center of the University in Southampton. Over the period 1997-1999 he was the Minister of Health and Social Welfare of the Polish Republic, leading the implementation of the huge health care reform. Then, he was the head of Neurosurgery Department in the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior in Warsaw. On a proposal from the Scientific Council of Military Medical Institute in 2006 – he received the professor’s degree. Since 2007 he has been the Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, at the same time being the head of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery Clinic and Laboratory of Research on Stem Cells at this university . He is the author of over 120 publications and scientific reports. He is the member of Scientific Council to the Health Minister of Poland.

Dr. Tor Stensola

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal
I am from Kristiansand Norway. Started neuroscience at Bachelor degree level at University of Otago in New Zealand (2005-7, together with my partner Hanne). I then did my Masters in Neuroscience at University of Oxford (2007-8) UK, working with Jozsef Csicvari, then Ole Paulsen focusing on hippocampal and entorhinal electrophysiology (in vivo, then in vitro). I then proceeded to do my PhD under Edvard and May-Britt Moser’s supervision (Trondheim Norway 2008-2014) where the focus was in-vivo characterisation of the grid cell –and head direction– systems on the population level. Currently, I am doing a post doc in Alfonso Renart’s lab at Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown. Here I focus on laminar dynamics of expectations (priors) during perceptual decision making in primary auditory cortex. Otherwise, I enjoy mountains and music.

Dr. Esha Massand

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London, England
Dr. Massand completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Bowler at City University London, investigating event-related potentials (ERPs) related to episodic memory in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She completed part of the PhD in Montreal, with Dr. Jemel at the Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies (Montreal, 2007) where she was originally trained to use ERP methodology. Following completion of her thesis, Dr. Massand moved to Seattle to continue my training in electrophysiology as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington with Dr. Webb working on a large-scale study investigating the broader autism phenotype. Dr. Esha Massand is currently based at the Centre on Brain and Cognitive Development (CBCD), Birkbeck, University of London with Prof. Karmiloff-Smith on a project that aims to help us better understand the links between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Because of their brain pathology of plaques and tangles, people with Down syndrome are much more likely than the general population to develop Alzheimer’s disease, yet only 50% go on to display clinical symptoms. So they are aiming to discover both the risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s.

Prof. Dr. Peter De Weerd

Maastricht University, Maastricht , The Netherlands
Prof. De Weerd (PhD) is by training a clinical psychologist, who during his PhD period re-oriented towards neuroscience. Currently, he is a Professor in the Neurosciences of Perceptual Learning and Attention at Maastricht University (UM). At the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at UM, he has been Scientific Director (2006-2010), and Director of the Neurophysics Graduate School (2010-2013), and head of the Perception, Attention and Learning section with teams at Maastricht University and at the Radboud University Nijmegen. His research deals with low-level perceptual processes, and modification of these processes by feedback (learning and attention). The research in his team uses motor, somatosensory and visual systems in humans and animal models, using an integrative approach with methods ranging from molecular approaches to neurophysiology, MEG and fMRI. He has edited two books, and published~60 papers.