VIRTUAL - Gradients of Brain Organization Workshop (Via ZOOM)


Montreal Neurological Institute 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA


**The Gradients of Brain Organization Workshop will take place as a virtual event. An updated program will be posted in the coming weeks as well as information regarding registration for this event.

Recent years have seen a rise of new methods and applications to study smooth spatial transitions — or gradients — of brain organization. Identification and analysis of cortical gradients provides a framework to study brain organization across species, to examine changes in brain development and aging, and to more generally study the interrelation between brain structure, function and cognition. We will bring together outstanding junior and senior scientists to discuss the challenges and opportunities afforded by this emerging perspective.

This one-day workshop will be hosted virtually at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital), a site with a rich history of neuroscience research and neuroimaging excellence. Early career researchers will take center stage for a series of talks on state-of-the-art development and application of gradient approaches, while a diverse range of established scientists from across the globe will chair the proceedings. In this manner, we hope to stimulate discussions on how gradients are changing our understanding of brain organization and to initiate fellow researchers to this burgeoning field.


Registration is now available here.


View the full program online here.



Session 1 - Cutting-edge gradient methods (Chairs: Daniel Margulies and Thomas Yeo)

Ye Tian (University of Melbourne, Australia)

Koen Haak (Donders Institute, The Netherlands)

Reinder Vos de Wael (Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada)

Mac Shine (University of Sydney, Australia) 


Session 2 - Brain hierarchies and cognition (Chairs: Jonny Smallwood and Beth Jefferies)

Xiuyi Wang (University of York, UK)

Ruby Kong (National University of Singapore)

Lorenzo Caciagli (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)

Alexandros Goulas (University of Eppendorf, Germany)


Session 3 - Genetic and developmental gradients (Chairs: Casey Paquola and Richard Bethlehem)

Sofie Valk (Forschungszentrum Julich, Germany)

Jacob Vogel (The Neuro, Canada)

Ting Xu (Child Mind institute, NYC, USA)

John Murray (Yale University, USA)



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Session 2

Session 3

Program Committee

Boris Bernhardt PhD (The Neuro, Canada), co-chair

Casey Paquola PhD (The Neuro, Canada), co-chair

Richard Bethlehem PhD (University of Cambridge, UK)

Julien Doyon (The Neuro, Canada)

Elizabeth Jefferies PhD (University of York, UK)

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

Debbie Rashcovsky (The Neuro, Canada)

Jonathan Smallwood PhD (University of York, UK)

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

Sofie Valk PhD (Forschungszentrum Julich, Germany)




The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is at 3801 University Street, north of Pine Avenue West, on the McGill University campus opposite the former Royal Victoria Hospital.





Contact Information

Jodie Anderson
events-team.neuro [at]
Office Phone: 
514 398-7307

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