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Catherine E Myers

Dr. Myers joined the Neurobehavioral Research Lab at VA NJHCS in 2009 and joined NJMS as a Professor in 2011. Her research interests focus on understanding the brain substrates of learning and memory, using techniques including computational neuroscience and human experimental neuropsychology.

She has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several books including the undergraduate-level textbook “Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior.”

Alyson Norman

Lecturer in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Plymouth. My areas of research include appearance psychology with special reference to disfigurement research, cognitive behavioural therapy and acquired brain injuries. I am also involved in medical research with specific expertise in systematic reviewing.

Joel Pearson

The lab investigates how we experience, simulate, understand and remember information from the world around us. More specifically we investigate the phenomenology, mechanisms and neural basis of mental imagery, working memory, decision-making, visual perception, learning and the clinical applications for all these processes. We currently utilise behavioural methods, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), all with human subjects.

Luisa A.M. Pinto

Luisa Pinto is Assistant Researcher at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), University of Minho in Portugal, and Invited Assistant Professor at the School of Health Sciences, University of Minho. She is also manager of a spin-off enterprise “BNML – Behavioural & Molecular Lab” of the ICVS. Luisa is Associate Member of EpiGeneSys, a FP7 European Community-funded Network of Excellence; Editor of the journal Advances in Biology.

Don C Rojas

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Chair, Department of Psychology

The main focus of my research endeavors is sensory and motor processing in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and childhood onset schizophrenia. A major theme in my work has been the identification of heritable biomarkers in autism, using non-invasive neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques in first-degree relatives. Recent work has focused on auditory temporal processing and gamma-band timing deficits as well as magnetic resonance spectroscopy of amino acid neurotransmitter systems associated with gamma-band oscillations. I am also affiliated with the Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Laboratory and Brain Imaging Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and have expertise in several brain-imaging methods, primarily MEG, but also including structural MRI, fMRI and MR spectroscopy. Current research at CSU involves EEG and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to examine the coupling of electrophysiology and hemodynamics in sensory and motor systems.

Susanne Schmid

Susanne Schmid is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on sensory information processing and sensory gating mechanisms. She uses mainly rodents to explore synaptic mechanisms and neuronal circuits underlying sensory gating in healthy subjects and in animal models for schizophrenia and autism.

Claudia Scorolli

I am a Cognitive Scientist working as Senior Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies of the University of Bologna.

I obtained my PhD in Philosophy of Language, Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences in 2009 at the University of Bologna, and my PsyD in Clinical Psychology, specialized in Analytical Psychodrama, in 2014 at the Mosaico Institute of Bologna (certified by MIUR).

My research has been focused on grounding of language in sensorimotor processes, as well as on language as social tool which modifies human's way to interact with the world. My experimental work currently extends to the study of the possibilities for physical/social interactions offered by the current interactive context, i.e. physical and social affordances. My scientific interest includes the investigation of cultural factors influencing cognitive and emotional processes.

From a clinical perspective, I have scrutinized new clinical interventions in the field of neurocognitive disorders, as psychosocial interventions for people with dementia.

Jessica Turner

2CI in Neurogenomics Associate Professor, Georgia State University; Associate Professor, Translational Neuroscience, Mind Research Network (Albuquerque, New Mexico).

David Vauzour

Dr David VAUZOUR received his PhD from the University of Montpellier (France) in 2004. His research, based at the University of Reading (2005-2011), and at the Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, UK (2011- present), has focused on investigating the molecular mechanisms that underlie the accumulating body of epidemiological, and medical evidence, on a positive correlation between the consumption of diets rich in fruits and vegetables and a decreased risk of (neuro)degenerative disorders. In this context, his initial work provided considerable insights into the potential for natural products to promote human vascular function, decrease (neuro)inflammation, enhance memory, learning and neuro-cognitive performances and to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. His recent interests concern how phytochemicals modulate ApoE genotype-induced cardiovascular risk and neurodegenerative disorders and their underlying mechanisms. Dr Vauzour sits on the board committee of “Groupe Polyphenols” and is the Co-Chair of the ILSI Europe “Nutrition and Mental Performance Task Force“.

Jennifer L Whitwell

Associate Consultant and Associate Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic.

Research focuses on the investigation of neuroimaging biomarkers in different neurodegenerative disorders, particularly frontotemporal dementia, primary progressive aphasia, atypical Alzheimer's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy.

Editorial board member, Scientific Reports journal, Nature Publishing Group, 2014-present
Academic Editor, PeerJ journal, 2012-present
Junior Investigator Award for Excellence in Imaging and Aging Research, American Federation for Aging Research-GE Healthcare, 2010
Best Paper in Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging: New Investigator Award, Alzheimer's Association, 2009

Bao-Liang Zhong

Dr. Bao-Liang Zhong is an associate professor in psychiatry, and currently working in Wuhan Mental Health Center. He is also the deputy director of the Research Center for Psychological and Health Sciences, China University of Geosciences. His research interest includes mood disorders and mental health services.