SAN2016 Blog

Neuroscience on wild activities

Fabio Babiloni from Sapienza University of Rome, presented an interesting study regarding the improvement of the safety and the evaluation of the training of airplane pilots, air traffic controllers, as well as operators in the transport domain by using neuroscience-based technology. EEG data were collected (in very challeging situations), proccesed and analyzed showing utmost importance results. 

Against smoking public service announcements, a neurometric evaluation of effectiveness

Fabio Babiloni gave once more an interesting talk regarding the assessment of PSAs using the analysis of neurophysiologic signals. They collected EEG, heart rate (HR) and galvanic skin response (GSR) signals, behavioral measures and eye-tracking to assess the PSAs' effectiveness...so what's the key-factor that makes a PSA effective?? The most effective/awarded video cause negative emotions. So the shock is the solution!

 

Psychiatric Imaging Network Germany (PING): A resource forr pplied and translational neuroscience

Klaus Mathiak introduced the PING that serves to coordinate, standardize and optimize data acquisition and storage of the neuroimaging studies within the research network for psychological disorders funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The analyses of structural and functional changes associated with psychiatric disorders on a larger scale could be possible now! In the framework of PING, the open-source LORIS database was developed for multimodal imaging data and multi-center studies.

A Nanobots-based Methodology for Assessing the Acoustic Signal's Attenuation in the Auditory System's Pathway

Panagiotis Katrakazas proposed an innovative methodology for assessing the hearing loss...the nanobots!!! The basic concept of their methodology consists of the following steps: Nanobots--> Swam Navigation across the acoustic nerve--> Swarm Division and Micro Sensors-->Problem Localization and cross-checking via sensors--> Possible Treatment.

Towards topographic principles of cortical connectivity

Dr. Daniel Margulies presented a talk focusing on spatial organization of neuronal networks linking hierarchy of microstructure and function of the brain. Dr. Margulies especially mentioned the difficulty of combining the different levels of structural connectivity with the brain’s functionality as well as the remarkable parcellation stability seen independently of the topographic approach used. The talk focused on data derived from resting state fMRI studies. The presented analysis linked specific cognitive functions to the connectivity gradient along the default mode network.

Neuroimaging of ADHD: From matter over mind to mind over matter

Katya Rubia presented an interesting talk. The talk included a short review of the neuropsychological deficits of ADHD and several meta-analyses results describing the main findings of neuroimaging studies on ADHD. She also presented an explanatory model for the neuronal correlates of ADHD deficits which has been derived from the meta-analyses results. Dr. Rubia also linked the brain differences with behavioral findings and noted the need for a detailed study of the specificity of the dysfunctions and the disentangling of the corresponding neuronal correlates.

Welcome note from public authorities, conference chairs and the committees

Prof. Panagiotis Bamidis opened the conference. Representing the public authorities, Dr. Kallinikos Christodoulou welcomed the participants in Corfu. Dr. Manousos Klados welcomed the participants from the side of the organizers. Dr. John Gruzelier presented the history and main goals of the Society for Applied Neurosciences meeting and along with the other organizers ensured that there will be a smooth transition between the sessions. Dr. Gruzelier also presented the first keynote speaker: Dr. Katya Rubia.

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