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Chong Chen

My main research interest is to understand the cognitive and neural computational mechanisms of human decision-making and learning, and how they are dysregulated in neuropsychiatric diseases (in particular, major depressive disorders and anxiety disorders). I am also interested in exploring behavioral and psychological interventions (such as physical exercise and contact with natural environments) that help to enhance cognitive functions, build resilience, promote mental health, and/or have therapeutic effects for neuropsychiatric diseases. My research employs a range of methodologies, including psychometric tests, behavioral tests, cognitive theories-informed computational modelling, neuroimaging, and machine learning. By combining these techniques, I am currently conducting studies to predict the incidence of neuropsychiatric diseases in a public health setting and predict patients’ responses to various treatments to promote personalized medicine. Previously, I have also conducted basic research with rats using behavioral experiments and microdialysis and microinjection techniques, for the purpose of investigating the neurobiological (neuroendocrinological and neurotransmitter) basis of the antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of drugs and physical exercise. Based on these results, I have proposed “The Exercise-Glucocorticoid Paradox”, which describes the phenomenon that despite increasing the stress hormone cortisol, a mediator of the detrimental effects of stress on cognition and mental health, physical exercise enhances cognition and promotes mental health.

Ming-Yang Dylan Cheng

Dr. Cheng's pioneering work in sports psychology and cognitive neuroscience underscores the profound relationship between the mind, neural mechanisms, and athletic performance. His expertise in Neurofeedback training, amplified by Electroencephalogram (EEG) technology, has set new standards. This cutting-edge method provides unparalleled insights into real-time cerebral processes, equipping athletes with the tools to optimize their mental resilience and physical precision.

Olivier Civelli

Chair and Professor, Pharmacology and Eric L. and Lila D. Nelson Chair in Neuropharmacology, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine.

Silvia Comani

I am Full Professor of Applied Physics, affiliated to the Department of Neuroscience, Imaging and Clinical Sciences, at the University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti – Pescara, Italy.
My research focuses on biomedical signal processing, mainly on development of methods for removal of artefacts from EEG signals recorded in adults and neonates, and of methods to study brain dynamics and inter-organ functional dynamics in adults and infants to detect the neural correlates of behavior in studies adopting a multimodal and multidisciplinary approach.

Mark Connor

Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University. I study the cellular basis of opioid and cannabinoid receptor/ligand actions, with with the aim of better understanding their acute effects and the adaptations that occur after prolonged administration. This work has taken me to the University of Washington, University of Bristol, University of Sydney and the Vollum Institute before arriving at Macquarie. At the moment my lab focuses on the pharmacology of illicit synthetic cannabinoids and the molecular effects of phytocannabinoids.

Gabriela Constantin

Professor of Pathology and Immunology at the University of Verona, Italy. Dr. Constantin has long-standing expertise in vascular inflammation and leukocyte trafficking with particular focus on the central nervous system. She has a M.D. degree and Residency in Neurology from the University of Milan, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Verona. For her neuroimmunology studies she received several national and international awards. She was elected in the AcademiaNet for excellent woman academics.

Kevin M. Crofton

Research Toxicologist and Acting Deputy Director of the National Center for Computational Toxicology at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Toxicology at North Carolina State University and the Curriculum in Toxicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Zachary James Crowley-McHattan

Zac completed his undergraduate (2006), Honors (2007) and Ph.D. (2013) at Southern Cross University and has been a lecturer at SCU since 2012. Zac is broadly interested in investigating the control and learning of motor skills in both functional and sporting contexts. His primary area of research is in neuromuscular changes with ageing and exercise but also has an interest in the potential application of cross-education on neuromuscular adaptations in injury and fatigue.

Markus A Dahlem

Currently Guest Scientist at the Department of Physics at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Member of the Cardiovascular Physics Lab. Held formerly positions in the Department of Neurology at the University of Magdeburg (Germany) and in the Department of Psychology at the University of Stirling (Scotland, UK).

Mario Dalmaso

Prof. Mario Dalmaso is Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Padova, Italy. His research interests include visual attention and perception.

Antonio Damasio

Antonio Damasio is University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Psychology, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California; he is also an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. Damasio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying, emotions, feelings, decision-making and consciousness. He is the author of numerous scientific articles (his Google scholar H Index is 144; over 129,000 citations) and his research has received continuous Federal funding for 30 years. He is the recipient of many awards (including the Grawemeyer Award, 2014; the Honda Prize, 2010; the Asturias Prize in Science and Technology, 2005; and the Signoret Prize, 2004, which he shared with his wife Hanna Damasio). Damasio is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has been named “Highly Cited Researcher” by the Institute for Scientific Information, and also holds Honorary Doctorates from several Universities.
He has described his discoveries in several books (Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinoza. and Self Comes to Mind) translated and taught in universities worldwide.

Maria A. Deli

Scientific advisor at the Institute of Biophysics, Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged, Hungary. Head of the Biological Barriers Research Group. Honorary professor at the University of Szeged.