Miriam Beauchamp, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal where she leads the ABCs developmental neuropsychology laboratory. She is also a researcher at the Ste-Justine Hospital Research Center and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University. Her clinical research program in paediatric traumatic brain injury focuses on the cognitive and social manifestations of childhood traumatic brain injuries and the use of advanced neuroimaging techniques for improving lesion detection. In parallel her work at the crossroads of social neuroscience and neuropsychology informs the development of novel social cognition assessment methods and targeted interventions for children at-risk for cognitive, social or behavioural problems. She held a Career Development Award from the Quebec Health Research Funds from 2009-2018 and now holds the Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. In 2017, she was recognized as Quebec’s most promising early career researcher (Prix du Québec - Relève scientifique). She was awarded Early Career prizes from both the International Neuropsychological Society (2015) and the International Brain Injury Association (2019), and was inducted to the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada in November 2019.
Georg S. Kranz is an Austrian psychologist and neuroscientist. He earned his MSc degree in Psychology from the University of Vienna, and his PhD in Clinical Neuroscience from the Medical University of Vienna. Dr. Kranz received postdoctoral training at Rupert Lanzenberger’s Neuroimaging Lab at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna. Since 2018, he is a Research Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research focuses on the neural underpinnings of mood disorders. Dr. Kranz has conducted several studies on the effects of steroid hormones on brain structure and function and published their results in high-ranked Journals. His work includes over 70 publications and his H-Factor is 21. Dr. Kranz received international and national awards and is frequently invited as speaker at psychiatric and neuroscientific conferences. His research on steroid hormones has gained public interest and is frequently discussed in international journalism.
Professor Morten L Kringelbach leads the Hedonia Research Group based at the Universities of Oxford and Aarhus. His prizewinning research uses neuroimaging and whole-brain computational models of, for example, food, infants, sex, drugs and music to find ways to increase eudaimonia (the life well-lived). He has published fourteen books, and over 300 scientific papers, chapters and other articles and his research features regularly in newspapers, magazines, radio and television. He is a fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford, of the Association for Psychological Science, on the advisory board of Scientific American and a board member of the world’s first Empathy Museum.
Margaret O’Connor Ph.D. in incoming president of the International Neuropsychological Society. Dr. O’Connor is Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School which entails clinical, teaching and research activities. Dr. O’Connor has mentored the clinical and research activities of over 90 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. She has authored over 60 papers in peer reviewed journals and 30 book chapters. Her work has involved studies of amnesia and long term forgetting with a focus on understanding neural and physiological substrates of memory. She co-founded DriveWise, a driving assessment program that provided services for over 900 individuals. In addition to research on the prediction of driving safety she developed educational videos to assist professionals and caregivers in making decisions about driving for people with dementia as well as those with developmental disabilities. Dr. O’Connor has had diplomate status in the field of clinical neuropsychology since 1999 and she is a board examiner for the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. O’Connor is actively involved in public education efforts to advance research and clinical support for people with cognitive impairments. She was Co-Chair of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and remains on the board of this organization. Her committee work also includes the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Asperger/Autism Network.
Robert Stickgold is a professor of psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He has published over 100 scientific publications, including papers in Science, Nature, and Nature Neuroscience. His work has been written up in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Seed Magazine, and he has been a guest on The Newshour with Jim Leher and NPR’s Science Friday with Ira Flato several times, extolling the importance of sleep. He has spoken at the Boston Museum of Science, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and NEMO, the Amsterdam museum of science. His current work looks at the nature and function of sleep and dreams from a cognitive neuroscience perspective, with an emphasis on the role of sleep and dreams in memory consolidation and integration. In addition to studying the normal functioning of sleep, he is currently investigating alterations in sleep-dependent memory consolidation in patients with schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, and PTSD. His work is currently funded by NIMH.
Title: Sleep, Memory and Dreams: A Neurocognitive ApproachAbstract
But the action of sleep can be more sophisticated than simply strengthening and stabilizing memories. It can lead to the selective retention of emotional memories, or even of emotional components of a scene, while allowing other memories and parts of a scene to be forgotten. It can extract the gist from a list of words, or the rules governing a complex probabilistic game. It can lead to insights ranging from finding the single word that logically connects three apparently unrelated words, to discovering an unexpected rule that allows for the more efficient solving of mathematical problems. It can facilitate the integration of new information into existing networks of related information and help infants learn artificial grammars. Disruptions of normal sleep in neurologic and psychiatric disorders can lead to a failure of these processes.
Dreams appear to be part of this ongoing memory processing, and can predict subsequent memory improvement. The NEXTUP (Network Exploration to Understand Possibilities) model of dreaming proposes that dreaming aids complex problem solving by supporting divergent creativity, acting more by exploring a problem's "solution space" than by searching for the solution, itself.
Michel Thiebaut de Schotten
With over ten years’ experience in neuropsychology and brain connectivity neuroimaging, I already established himself as a leader in the field with a solid scientific track record. I have contributed a number of innovative methods and fundamental new discoveries that have important implications for theories of brain structure and function. Hence my work spans the whole gamut from the development of novel methodology to experimental work to theory. Critically, I am dedicating significant effort toward the clinical translation of his neuroscience work through an open model approach that makes my tools freely accessible to the community. For instance, my work, published in Science (2005), revealed that spatial neglect is a consequence of the disruption of communication between the frontal and the parietal lobes, and thus should be considered as a disconnection syndrome. I mapped, for the first time, the organisation of white matter anatomy in the healthy human living brain and was published in Nature Neuroscience (2011), Neuroimage (2011), Cortex (2012) as well as in the Atlas of the Human Brain Connections (Oxford University Press, 2012). I have also pursued work concerning brain connectivity in stroke populations by identifying new brain-behaviour association released recently my open software BCBtoolkit (GigaScience 2018; http://toolkit.bcblab.com). I am founder of the BCBlab (http://www.bcblab.com). As a practised neuroscientist, my expert opinion is frequently sought by high-level scientific journals including Nature Communications Biology, Neuroimage, Cortex, Brain Structure and Function and Neuroinformatics where I currently serve as Associate Editor. In 2015, I was awarded the prestigious British Neuropsychological Society’s Early Career Award: The Elizabeth Warrington Prize and the ‘Cortex’ Prize. At present, I am a tenured CNRS Research Director in Bordeaux and lead a team of 5 tenured researchers.