Dr Suzanne Ackerley is a research fellow with the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory at The University of Auckland. Her research is informed by her clinical practice as a physiotherapist with over 10 years of experience in neurological rehabilitation. Her research specialisation is in stroke recovery and rehabilitation. As an applied clinical neuroscientist, she has managed large stroke trials involving the use of neurophysiological tools within a hospital setting. Her current work is focused on the PREP2 algorithm, which combines clinical and neurophysiological biomarkers to predict the potential for motor recovery after stroke for individual patients. She has developed training resources for PREP2, and supports clinical and research staff in New Zealand and the United Kingdom as they implement this prediction tool in routine clinical practice.
Gopala Anumanchipalli, PhD is a researcher at the Department of Neurological Surgery at University of California, San Francisco. His research is in understanding neural mechanisms of human speech production towards developing next generation Brain-Computer Interfaces for speech impaired populations. Gopala was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF working with Edward F Chang, MD and has previously received PhD in Language and Information Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University, USA and Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal.
Dr. Marom Bikson is the Shames Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY). His research group focuses on optimizing medical devices based on novel mechanistic insights and simulation driven design. He is co-inventor of High-Definition transcranial Electrical Stimulation which allows non-invasive, targeted, sub-threshold neuromodulation. Dr. Bikson has published over 250 papers and book chapters. Dr. Bikson is the technology editor for Brain Stimulation journal, founding chairman of the NYC Neuromodulation conferences, and serves on a range of academic, government, and industry panels. He received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (Neural Engineering specialized) from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (Instrumentation Concentration) from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
Vincenzo Di Lazzaro
Vincenzo Di Lazzaro is Professor of Neurology, Medical Director for Clinical Neurology, Director for the Neurology Residency Program and Coordinator of Clinical Research at Campus Bio-Medico University. He is President of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology.
The main areas of research are the study of the physiological bases of recovery in stroke and the development of methods of neuromodulation (both invasive and non-invasive) as potential treatment tools for several neurological diseases. Another relevant area is the use of neurophysiological techniques for the diagnosis of neurological disorders (dementia in particular), for the evaluation of the effects of drugs on the intact human brain and for the study of human brain plasticity.
Vincenzo Di Lazzaro has authored more than 350 peer-reviewed publications, 8 book chapters, with > 26.000 citations.
Professor Christian Grefkes is a clinical neurologist at the University of Cologne/Germany. In addition, he is the head of the "Rehabilitation of Cognitive Impairments" group at the Institute of Neurosciences and Medicine (INM3), Research Center Jülich.
Dr. Grefkes received his medical training at the University of Düsseldorf, University of Sydney/Australia and University College London. After finishing his MD thesis in brain mapping (supervisor: Professor Karl Zilles, he started his neurological training in 2005 at the University of Aachen (Professor Johannes Noth), and continued his training in 2007 at the Department of Neurology, University of Cologne (Professor Gereon Fink). In the same year, he was appointed as group leader of the junior research group "Neuromodulation & Neurorehabilitation" at the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research Cologne. In 2013, he was appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Cologne with a scientific focus on stroke and neurorehabiltation. In the same year, he established his research group "Rehabilitation of Cognitive Impairments" at the Jülich Research Center.
The long-standing scientific focus of Christian Grefkes lies on furthering the understanding of stroke-induced disturbances of brain networks, and on developing novel treatment strategies to promote recovery of function based on functional neuroimaging data and computational modelling. At present, he has published over 110 scientific papers with an h-index of 49 (Google Scholar). He serves as Section Editor at 'Neuroimage: Clinical' and Associate Editor at 'Clinical Neurophysiology'. He has received a number of scientific awards, among them the Niels-A.-Lassen award (2011) of the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Neuroimaging as well as the prestigious Heinrich-Pette-Award (2018) of the German Neurological Society.
Adrian Guggisberg completed medical school at the University of Bern in 2001 and obtained an MD degree in 2002. Along with clinical training in neurology and electroencephalography, he initiated research to identify neurophysiological markers of neurological diseases. After a post-doctorate in San Francisco (University of California), he joined the neurorehabilitation division of the University Hospital of Geneva in 2007, where he is appointed Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in August 2015. He has developed a research program in brain imaging that aims to characterize changes in cerebral organization induced by cerebral pathologies, as well as to visualize the mechanisms of recovery. He uses novel technologies to modulate brain plasticity.
Marcello Massimini, was trained as a Medical Doctor, received a PhD in Neurophysiology and is currently Professor of Physiology at the University of Milan and senior fellow of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIFAR). He worked at Laval University in the lab of Mircea Steriade and at the University of Wisconsin (USA) with Giulio Tononi. His work focuses on identifying the basic neurophysiological mechanisms that determine loss and recovery of consciousness in different conditions such as wakefulness, sleep, dreaming, anesthesia, epilepsy and brain injury. To this aim he has developed novel approaches based on non-invasive and invasive brain stimulation to study the excitability, connectivity and complexity of cortical circuits in humans. He has been involved as a PI in several national and international projects (FP6, FP7, H2020, Human Brain Project, SNF Sinergia) and is a recipient of the James S McDonnel Scholar Award.
Petra Ritter holds a life time professorship for Brain Simulation at the Department of Neurology, Charité University Medicine Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health. Ritter is renowned for her work in personalized brain simulation by integrating multimodal brain imaging and multi-scale computational modeling. She serves in the leadership of several neuroinformatics consortia including VirtualBrainCloud, an EU consortium of 17 partner institutions and The Virtual Brain an open-source brain simulation platform. In the EU Flagship ‘Human Brain Project’ she is leading the Codesign Project ‘The Virtual Brain’.
Steven L. Small
Steven L. Small, Ph.D., M.D., is Dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the Aage and Margareta Møller Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Small is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine, where he was the Chair of the Department of Neurology from 2010-2017, and at The University of Chicago, where he founded the first high-field MRI research center in Chicago in 1999. As a scientist, Dr. Small has been a pioneer in understanding the anatomy and physiology of the human brain and its relation to function by direct investigation of human subjects, particularly related to language comprehension and production, and with an emphasis on distributed brain networks. This work has encompassed the study of normal adults and children, adults with neurological disease (especially stroke), and children with developmental impairments. Dr. Small is the founder of both the Society for the Neurobiology of Language and the MIT Press open access journal, Neurobiology of Language. As Dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Dr. Small aims to continue its upward trajectory by expanding and broadening research and education in neuroscience, psychology, and speech and hearing sciences, building partnerships with other educational, industrial, and philanthropic institutions in Dallas, particularly the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and advancing the stature of the premier Carnegie Tier 1 research institution in Dallas-Fort Worth, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States.