2020 Keynote Speakers
Claudia Buss is a Professor at the Institute of Medical Psychology at Charité, University Medicine, Berlin, Germany and an Associate Professor at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She received her PhD in Psychobiology at the University of Trier and conducted her doctoral and postdoctoral studies focusing on early life stress and brain development at McGill University and the University of California Irvine. Her research addresses the effects of stress and stress-related biological (maternal-placental-fetal endocrine, immune, genetic) and behavioral (nutrition, physical activity, smoking/drug use) processes during human pregnancy on fetal brain development as well as other health-related infant outcomes like body composition, metabolic function and obesity risk. Her recent work has specifically advanced our understanding of the relationship between maternal-placental-fetal stress biology and fetal/infant neurodevelopmental trajectories by applying multimodal neuroimaging techniques. She is the PI of several NIH-funded and European based studies that focus on the mechanisms underlying developmental programming of brain development and the transmission of maternal preconceptual adversity as well as stress during pregnancy to her child.
Mark Woolrich is a Professor of Computational Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He develops new computational methods for analysing neuroimaging data using techniques from machine learning, artificial intelligence and image/signal processing; allowing novel questions to be asked about the function and dysfunction of the human brain. His previous work includes the development of the fMRI analysis tools in the FMRIB Software Library (FSL). More recently, he has focused on understanding the dynamics of large scale brain networks using M/EEG. He has been Head of Analysis and Associate Director at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA) since 2010. He is also a Group Leader at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN).
Tomáš Paus M.D., Ph.D.
Distinguished Senior Scientist
Director, Population Neuroscience & Developmental Neuroimaging
Bloorview Research Institute