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Congratulations to Dr Katharina Glomb, the first INDIREA PhD!

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KatharinaMany congratulations to Dr Katharina Glomb, the first INDIREA ESR to obtain her PhD! According to Katharina’s supervisor Gustavo Deco (Pompeu Fabra University) she has shown great efficiency, creativity and development of new ideas during her project. Undoubtedly Katharina has a very successful scientific career ahead of her, and we wish her all the best in the future!

Katharina: “As the first ESR to get started in the INDIREA programme, it is only fair that I should also be the first one to finish. I handed in my thesis about dynamic functional connectivity in spontaneous brain activity in October and defended in January. It was possibly one of the weirdest days of my life. The defense itself took place at 11am in front of a committee of three people which had been kind enough to read the whole thesis – Matthieu Gilson from my own lab, Mavi Sanchez-Vives from IDIBAPS in Barcelona, and Petra Ritter from the Charite University Medicine in Berlin. It took me until late in the evening to realize what had just happened and that I was really done; right after the defense, I was just exhausted and relieved.

In my thesis, I explored how communication between brain regions on a global level changes over time, and how to best describe the dynamics of these changes. The goal was not only to develop tools that could help to compare different brain states, patient groups, or tasks in terms of their dynamics, but also to contribute to our understanding of the brain as a dynamical system. I was very lucky to have Gustavo Deco as a supervisor and be part of INDIREA because I had lots of freedom while at the same time I was not alone at all. The INDIREA training camps were definitely highlights of my PhD, as was my research stay at RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan. I feel that apart from learning a lot of science during the last three years, I now also have a much better idea of why I’m doing research, and hope that I can keep doing it, at least for the time being. In my postdoc, I’d like to look at data recorded with methods like EEG or ECoG additionally to fMRI, in order to connect different temporal and spatial scales, and I’d like to directly explore the relationship between spontaneous and task-evoked brain activity.”

Experimental Psychology mourns the sudden death of Professor Glyn Humphreys

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Psychology has lost a wonderful friend, a caring mentor and a brilliant scientist. Professor Glyn Humphreys died suddenly while in Hong Kong as a Distinguished Visiting Professor. In Oxford he held the Watts Chair of Experimental Psychology and was a transformative Head of Department. He was a world leading authority in cognitive neuropsychology. Among numerous awards and honours, he received the British Psychological Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the field of psychology. Members of the Department of Experimental Psychology have been deeply affected by this extremely sad news. Glyn was so young and so full of life and vitality. Together with his wife and colleague Jane Riddoch they brought both wisdom and experience to Experimental Psychology and the Medical School. Our thoughts are with Jane and their family.

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EMORIAL WEBPAGE

Tributes have begun pouring in across the neuroscience and psychology communities worldwide.  A memorial webpage has been established for people wishing to share their memories. If you would like to contribute please send your post to Nele Demeyere -nele.demeyere@psy.ox.ac.uk

CONDOLENCES

If you would like to send your condolences to Jane and family, please either email Janice Young or write to:

Janice Young, Department of Experimental Psychology, Tinbergen Building, 9 South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UD England

Mid-Term Review Meeting & ATC 5 : Neurocomputational Modelling

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Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
15 – 18th September 2015

Mid-Term Review Meeting Agenda:

ATC 5 Agenda:

Bootcamp 5 gave the ESRs experience on multiple levels of neurocomputational modelling. It covered basic principles of modelling as well as specific worked examples applied to whole-system behaviour, fMRI, EEG, and single neuron responses.

ATC 5 was combined with the Mid-Term Review meeting, which assessed the fulfilment of all aspects (scientific, research training, management, etc) described in Annex 1 of the Grant Agreement.

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