Neuro Workshop: Gradients of Brain Organization (Virtual)


Event Abstract: How is the brain organized? How do anatomy and physiology vary in space? Classic and recent research show smooth spatial trends - gradients - in many neurobiological features. Identification and analysis of gradients provides a framework to study brain organization across scales, species and time. In this workshop, we explore topographic principles of brain organization and how new discoveries are changing our understanding of brain function. We'll host a series of talks on stunning, new gradients research, and bring together early career and established researchers for panel discussions on this work.

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Registration is now available here.

Preliminary Programme

(Times indicated in EDT)

8:00            Welcome Remarks

8:10-9:40   Session 1: Bridging Scales

Chaired by Daniel Margulies, Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière, France & B.T. Thomas Yeo, National University of Singapore, Singapore

8:10-8:25    Mapping whole-brain spatiotemporal dynamics in autism spectrum disorder

Seok-Jun Hong, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

8:25-8:40    The Machine in the Ghost: Cytoarchitecture and wiring of the default mode network

Casey Paquola, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

8:40:55         Gradients of receptor expression in the macaque cortex

Seán Froudist-Walsh, New York University, USA

8:55-9:40     Panel Discussion

9:40-9:50   Gradients Trivia

9:50-10:00 Coffee Break 

10:00-11:45 Session 2: Dynamics

Chaired by Elizabeth Jefferies, University of York, UK & Boris Bernhardt, Montreal Neurological Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University

10:00-10:15  Network harmonics and the structure-function relationship in fast network dynamics

Katharina Glomb, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

10:15-10:30  The frequency gradient of resting-state brain oscillations follows cortical hierarchies

Keyvan Mahjoory, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany

10:30-10:45   Topographic gradients of intrinsic dynamics across neocortex

Golia Shafiei, McGill University, Canada

10:45-11:00   Overlapping connectivity gradients underlie functional multiplicity in the anterior temporal lobe

Myrthe Faber, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, The Netherlands

11:00-11.45   Panel Discussion

11:45-12:30  Break

12:30-14:00 Session 3: Evo-Devo

Chaired by Sofie Valk, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany & Richard Bethlehem, University of Cambridge, UK

12:30-12:45  Gradients of functional and structural connectivity in the mouse neocortex

Ludovico Coletta, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

12:45-13:00   Neuroimaging and transcriptomics trace the evolution and development of primate cortical circuitry

Christine Charvet, Delaware State University, USA

13:00-13:15   Development of structure-function coupling in human brain networks during youth

Graham Baum, Harvard University, USA

13:15-14:00   Panel Discussion

14:00-16:00   Social Gathering and Poster Session


Graham Baum

Christine Charvet

Ludovico Coletta

Myrthe Faber

Seán Froudist-Walsh

Katharina Glomb

Seok-Jun Hong

Keyvan Mahjoory

Casey Paquola

Golia Shafiei

Last years Workshop

You can check out last years Gradients of Brain Organization Workshop below!


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Program Committee

Casey Paquola, PhD, Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany), Chair

Boris Bernhardt, PhD, Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University, Co-Chair

Richard Bethlehem, PhD, University of Cambridge, UK

Elizabeth Jefferies, PhD, University of York, UK

Events, The Neuro: Debbie Rashcovsky, Sasha Kelly (Event Management)

Daniel Margulies, PhD, Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière, France

Jonathan Smallwood, PhD, Queen's University, Canada

Sofie Valk, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

B.T. Thomas Yeo, PhD, National University of Singapore, Singapore




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Contact Information

Debbie Rashcovsky
Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro)
deborah.rashcovsky [at]

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