Gaël Chételat (PhD, HDR; www.gael-chetelat.fr) is Director of Research at Inserm. She is responsible of a research team named Multimodal Neuroimaging and Lifestyle in Ageing and Dementia. She has published more than 120 articles on neuroimaging in ageing and dementia. Her work is devoted to the understanding of the mechanisms underlying ageing and dementia processes and the lifestyle factors that could prevent or delay age-associated disorders. The specificity of her team is to conduct studies combining complementary neuroimaging modalities, including structural and functional MRI with PET using different radiotracers, and to develop innovative multimodal neuroimaging approaches to disentangle complex mechanisms of diseases or cognitive processes. Her research team is also interested in promoting healthy ageing and wellbeing through non-pharmaceutical interventions. In particular, Gaël Chételat is coordinating an H2020 European grant (www.silversantestudy.eu, PHC22, 2015-2020) that will investigate the impact of English learning and meditation training on mental health and well-being in ageing populations.
Jean Decety is a French-American neuroscientist. He is the Irving B. Harris Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago and its College. Decety is the director of the Child Neurosuite and the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. Dr. Decety is a leading scholar on the social neuroscience of empathy, morality and prosocial behavior, as well as other topics related to the neurobiology of social cognition. His work has led to new understandings of socio-affective processes and moral decision-making in typically developing children and adults as well as forensic psychopaths. His research uses neuroimaging techniques (functional MRI and high-density EEG), psychology, and behavioral economics to examine how biological and social factors interact in contributing to social-decision making and the motivation to care for the well-being of others. Decety has been on the University of Chicago faculty since 2006. Prior to that, he was at the University of Washington, Seattle, and Director of Research at the National Medical Research Institute in Lyon, France. Decety received his PhD in Neurobiology from Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, France in 1989, followed by a post-doc at the Karolinska Hospital (Departments of Neuroradiology and Neurophysiology) in Stockholm, Sweden. He has recently published New Frontiers in Social Neuroscience at Springer, The moral brain – A multidisciplinary perspective at MIT Press and Social cognition – Developmental across the life span at Routledge. His research is funded by NIMH, NSF, US Department of Defense, and the World Bank.
Lars Ittner is a Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). Lars graduated in Medicine from the University of Ulm in Germany, and received his M.D. from the University of Zurich in Switzerland in 2002, where he then studied neuronal stem cells and signalling pathways. In 2005, he moved to Australia to focus his work on basic pathomechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases. In 2013, he was appointed to the University of New South Wales in Sydney to head the Dementia Research and the Transgenic Animal Units. He has made major contributions to the understanding of fundamental pathomechanisms in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia and identified novel targets for drug development in these diseases. Lars has published over 100 papers with more than 7000 citations, including in leading scientific journals, such as Science, Cell and Nature Medicine. Lars is the recipient of the ASBMB Merck Research Medal 2017 and a chief investigator on the NHMRC Program Grant ForeFront, investigating frontotemporal dementia and motor neurodegenerative syndromes.
Dr. Juan (Helen) Zhou is an Assistant professor at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program at Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School, Singapore. She is also a principal investigator at the Clinical Imaging Research Center, A*STAR and National University of Singapore. Prior to joining Duke-NUS in 2011, Helen was an associate research scientist in the Child Study Centre, New York University. She did a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Memory and Aging Centre, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, from 2008 to 2010. Helen received her Bachelor degree in Computer Science in 2003 and Ph.D. in Neuroimaging in 2007 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is the recipient of the undergraduate scholarship from Ministry of Education, Singapore (1998-2003) and the nominee for Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal and the Institution of Engineers Singapore Gold Medal, Singapore in 2004. Helen received research funding from National Medical Research Council, Biomedical Research Council and National Research Foundation, Singapore as well as the Royal Society, UK. Her research focuses on the network-based vulnerability hypothesis in disease. Her lab studies the human neural bases of cognitive functions and the associated vulnerability patterns in aging and neuropsychiatric disorders using multimodal neuroimaging methods (MRI/fMRI/DTI/EEG) and psychophysical techniques. She is interested in the large-scale brain structural and functional networks in healthy developing and ageing brain and symptoms-related changes in diseases such as neurodegenerative disorders and psychosis. Statistical and computational methods are developed to analyze and fuse longitudinal multimodal neuroimaging, behavior, and clinical data to 1) detect early brain network changes in preclinical or prodromal disease stages; 2) understand network dynamics and disease mechanisms; 3) evaluate intervention efficacy on brain networks. She serves on the OHBM Program Committee and Society of Neuroscience Singapore Chapter committee.