The Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas and its partners at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at The University of California, Berkeley, present the tenth annual Reprogramming the Brain to Health Symposium.

The Symposium brings together the most distinguished brain scientists to share and learn up-to-the-minute breakthroughs in brain research.

The 2016 Symposium will explore computational and biophysical modeling approaches to examine the mechanisms of mental health issues.

The annual Symposium is designed to engage cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, physicians, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, researchers, educators and students.

Abstract submissions will be accepted for poster presentations during the 2016 Symposium. $500 awards will be given to each of the top five student poster submissions.

The Keynote Address and The Charles L. Branch BrainHealth Award recipient for 2016 is Professor Karl Friston, FRS, FMedSci.

Dr. Friston is a theoretical neuroscientist and authority on brain imaging. Among his many accomplishments, he invented statistical parametric mapping, voxel-based morphometry and dynamic causal modeling. These techniques are essential to modern human brain mapping and network-based analysis. He is Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Scientific Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Professor at the Institute of Neurology at University College London, and an Honorary Consultant to the United Kingdom’s National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

The symposium will also feature the following agenda/speakers:

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. – Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – Welcome

Session 1

8:30 a.m.
Prof. Read Montague
Connecting Neurotransmitter Fluctuations to Cognition in Health and Disease
Professor, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging
University College London
Professor, Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute and Department of Physics
Virginia Tech

9:15 a.m.
Dr. Sonia Bishop
Anxiety and Impaired Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: A Computational Account
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
University of California, Berkeley
Senior Research Fellow, FMRIB
University of Oxford

10:00 a.m.
Prof. Peter Dayan
Decision-Theoretic Depression
Professor, Director, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
University College London

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Coffee Break / Poster Session 1

Session 2

11:15 a.m.
Dr. Xiaosi Gu
Neurocomputational Mechanisms of Drug Addiction: Dopamine, Neural Gain, and Beyond
Assistant Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Director, Computational Psychiatry Unit
The Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas

12:00 p.m.
Prof. John Krystal
Microcircuits, Macrocircuits, and Working Memory Impairment in Schizophrenia: Insights from NMDA Receptor Antagonist Effects
Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Professor of Neurobiology
Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Director, NIAAA Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism
Director, Clinical Neuroscience Division, VA National Center for PTSD;
Director, VA Alcohol Research Center
Medical Director, Schizophrenia Biological Research Center, DVA
Yale University School of Medicine

12:45 – 2 p.m. Lunch Break / Poster Session 2

Session 3

Professor Karl Friston, FRS, FMedSci
The Computational Anatomy of Psychosis

3-3:30 p.m. Coffee Break / Poster Session 3

Session 4

Prof. Peter Fox
Meta-connectomics: Meta-analytic Approaches to Modeling Structural and Functional Networks
University of Texas, San Antonio
Director, Research Imaging Institute
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX

Prof. Mark D’Esposito
The Modular Brain: Implications for the Understanding and Rehabilitation of Cognitive Dysfunction
Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology
Director, Henry H. Wheeler Jr. Brain Imaging Center
University of California, Berkeley

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