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Neuro Workshop: Gradients of Brain Organization (Virtual)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 08:00to14:00

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.

Link to workshop recording


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

2020 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
  • 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
  • Debbie Rashcovsky, Sasha Kelly (Event Management)



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