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Jafri M. Abdullah

Professor of Neurosciences; MD (USM), DSCN (Belgium), PhD (Univ Ghent), Director Center for Neuroscience Services & Research, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia, American College of well as the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Recipient of the prestigious National Malaysian Young Scientist Award & Top Research Scientist award (Academy Science Malaysia). I am an Academic Neurosurgeon and a Neuroscientist .

Bernard J Baars

Bernard J. Baars (born 1946, Amsterdam) is a former Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, CA., directed by the late Gerald M. Edelman. Baars is currently an Affiliated Fellow.

He is best known as the originator of Global Workspace Theory (GWT), an empirical theory of human cognition and consciousness, developed with Stan Franklin as a computational architecture. A number of neuroscience groups in the US and Europe are pursuing this approach, including Stanislas Dehaene in Paris and Nikos Logothetis at the Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen. "Consciousness science" is now an established field, with a large brain and psychological literature.

In 2013, a major update called Dynamic Global Workspace Theory (D-GWT) appeared. (Baars, Franklin & Ramsoy, 2013, Frontiers). This work proceeds.

Baars served as a professor of psychology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he studied laboratory-evoked human errors. The same factors plausibly cause spontaneous errors as well, a significant practical as well as scientific problem. Involuntary errors are directly relevant to the basic question of voluntary control.

Baars co-founded the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and the Elsevier journal Consciousness & Cognition, with William P. Banks.

Please see my 2015 article on Consciousness in Scholarpedia, summarizing the empirical evidence (which is often said not to exist... !).

Kevin J. Black

I am a movement disorders neuropsychiatrist. My research is primarily focused on neuroimaging and dopamine, especially in people with Tourette syndrome and Parkinson disease. I have also developed methods for structural imaging volumetry, analysis of brain images in nonhuman species, pharmacological fMRI (phMRI), and statistical analysis of anatomy-function relationships in deep brain stimulation (DBS).

Sandra Morais Cardoso

Sandra Morais Cardoso is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Medicine and is the leader of the group of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Since 2006, she started her independent research and found that mitochondrial impairment causes the loss of microtubule function, culminating in microtubule depolymerization that enhances protein aggregation, via autophagic-lysosomal pathway alteration.

Shih-Pin Chen

Dr. Shih-Pin Chen is an Attending Neurologist at Department of Neurology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan. He is also an Associate Professor at Department of Neurology, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, and Adjunct Associate Professor, at the Institute of Clinical Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan.

Research interest:
1. Clinical, neuroimaging, and molecular biological studies of thunderclap headache and reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome
2. Animal models and genomics studies on the pathophysiology of migraine

Major awards and honors:
- 2009 Excellent Doctor Award, 2009, Veterans Affairs Commission, Executive Yuan, Taiwan, ROC. Nominated for outstanding clinical teaching
- 2011 Academic Prize for Excellent Research, Taipei Veterans General Hospital
- 2015 Excellent Teacher Award, Faculty of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University

Martin Daumer

Dr Martin Daumer: Director of the SLCMSR e.v. - The Human Motion Institute in Munich and managing director of the IT company, Trium Analysis Online GmbH. He is also visiting lecturer for Telemedicine and Clinical Applications of Computational Medicine at the Technical University Munich.

Dr Daumer received a diploma in Physics in 1990 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in 1995, after having worked at CERN, Switzerland, and Rutgers University, USA.

Joanna L Elson

My work considers mtDNA disease through the prism of evolution, applying a number of techniques to develop methods to identify pathogenic mtDNA mutations. I also work on the role of mtDNA population variation in common disease, inclusive of projects centred round a single disease and method development. Others papers centre on fundamentals of mitochondrial genetics including inheritance and the selective forces that have shaped mtDNA variation in modern human populations.

Hedley Emsley

Expertise in neurology, cerebrovascular disease, and the neurovascular-neurodegenerative interface, including the role of inflammation/infection, novel imaging measures, emerging therapeutic targets and clinical trials.

Career History:
Completed medical degree, including intercalated BSc in Pharmacology, University of Manchester (1996). House Officer and Senior House Officer posts in North West England and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Completed MRCP(UK) (1999), then undertook a three year clinical research post in Manchester leading to a PhD (2004). Completed neurology training, Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery then obtained CCT in Neurology (2008), as part of a Clinical Lecturer post, University of Liverpool. Appointed ConsuItant Neurologist with specialist interest in stroke neurology for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS (2008-present). Also contributes to Lancashire and Cumbria Stroke Network developments. Honorary Lecturer for University of Liverpool. Member both the Association of British Neurologists and British Association of Stroke Physicians (BASP). Elected to the BASP Training and Education Committee in 2009, and appointed Chair of the committee (2010-present).

Stefano Ferraina

Professor of Human Physiology, I'm a systems neuroscientist and neurologist by training. My current researches include the study of the cognitive aspects of motor control and the neural correlates of hierarchical learning in human and non-human primates. I'm also interested to multidimensional signal analysis and to the progress of neurotechnologies for developing innovative brain-computer interfaces.

Darren R Gitelman

Senior Medical Director of the Advocate Memory Center
Professor of Neurology at Rosalind Franklin University
Adjunct Associate Professor of neurology and radiology at Northwestern

Darren Gitelman, MD, completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry summa cum laude and his medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed an internal medicine residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and went on to complete a one-year research fellowship in neuroimaging at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Subsequently, he did a neurology residency and was also neurology chief resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed a behavioral neurology fellowship at Beth Israel in Boston, and joined the neurology faculty at Northwestern University in 1994.
Dr. Gitelman was part of the initial team that helped to bring functional magnetic resonance imaging to Northwestern.
Dr. Gitelman’s research interests include the use of functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging to study changes in the brain in patients with various types of dementia. He has over 90 publications and has received grant awards from the McDonnell Pew Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the National Institutes of Health and The Michael J Fox Foundation. Dr. Gitelman also serves on two editorial boards and is a reviewer on over twenty journals.

Grant A Hill-Cawthorne

Senior Lecturer in Communicable Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Sydney; Public Health Lead and Node Leader for Mass Gathering Medicine, Marie Bashir Institute, University of Sydney; Honorary Life Fellow, St Andrew's College within the University of Sydney; Senior Member and College Research Associate, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

Biographical details:
I studied medicine in Cambridge and during my junior doctor years was very interested in both neurology and infectious diseases. Clinically I specialised in medical microbiology, keeping a particular interest in neurological infections. For the past 3 years I have been in Saudi Arabia developing a pathogen genomics laboratory where I have gained first-hand experience of second generation sequencing and bioinformatics.

Research interests:
Infectious diseases and medical microbiology are undergoing the most significant shift since PCR was introduced. By the end of this decade, sequencing will have become the main option when investigating any outbreak or infection. I study the interface between genomics as a pure science and its translation into clinical and public health benefits.

At present I am examining the worldwide genomics of tuberculosis, the use of sequencing to characterise MRSA strains and the genomic variations in BCG vaccine strains used around the globe.

Noriko F Hiroi

Noriko Hiroi is Assistant Professor of the Department of Biosciences and Informatics, Keio University. She started to develop her career in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and currently works in Systems Biology and Quantitative Biology area. Her research interest includes in vivo oriented modelling, molecular mechanisms of higher-functions of central nerve systems, microfluidics technology and optical technologies and informatics for bioimaging.