Keynote Speakers

André Aleman
Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Center
University Medical Center Groningen and University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia: insights from neuroimaging and brain stimulation research


  • Biography

    André Aleman (1975) studied neuropsychology and psychophysiology at Utrecht University. He received his PhD with the highest distinction (cum laude) from Utrecht University in 2001 – his thesis was on the cognitive basis of hallucinations. In 2006, Aleman was appointed Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry at the University Medical Centre Groningen in Groningen, the Netherlands. Currently, he is also Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Center at the Department of Biomedical Sciences of Cells and Systems. In 2015, he was appointed Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Shenzhen, China. He received a European Young Investigator Award in 2006 from the European Science Foundation. In 2011 and 2012, he received grants (1.5M each) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO-VICI) and the European Research Council (ERC Starting/Consolidator Grant).

    André Aleman was elected as a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) in 2017 and is a member of the Netherlands Health Council. He serves as an academic editor for PLoS ONE and is a member of the editorial board of Cognitive Neuropsychiatrynpj Schizophrenia, and Schizophrenia Research: Cognition.

    Besides being (co)author of more than 350 scientific articles (h-index = 89), he published four popular science books. One of them, Our ageing brain, was translated into eight languages. His current research interest regards the neural basis of cognitive and affective disorders in people with psychiatric disorders and in the elderly, with an emphasis on cognition-emotion interactions and treatment with non-invasive brain stimulation.

Marco Catani
Professor of Neuroanatomy and Psychiatry
Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
King’s College London, United Kingdom

Tractography: from discoveries to clinical applications


  • Biography

Maurizio Corbetta
Professor Chair of Neurology
Department of Neuroscience, University of Padova
Founding Director Padova Neuroscience Center, University of Padova
Principal Investigator Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine
Fondazione Biomedica, Padova, Italy
Professor of Neurology, Radiology, Neuroscience Washington University St. Louis, USA

Stroke, networks, and behavior

  • Biography

    Maurizio Corbetta is a neurologist-neuroscientist interested on how the brain mediates cognitive functions, and the mechanisms of neurological recovery after injury.

    In the early 1990 he performed some of first brain imaging studies of human cognition.  His review on attention systems with Gordon Shulman has been cited more than 10,000 times. He discovered the dorsal and ventral attention networks, and developed methods for mapping them with task and rest fMRI. He described the neurophysiological mechanisms of spontaneous brain activity with EEG/MEG. More recently, he has focused on the neurological mechanism of injury and recovery showing that local lesions have widespread effects on brain dynamics and behavior.

    He is currently working on whole brain computer models of brain injury, and ways to restore function through rehabilitation and stimulation.

Rik Vandenberghe
Professor MD, PhD Neurology Department
University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium
Laboratory for Cognitive Neurology
Department of Neurosciences, KU Leuven, Belgium

Language, aging and neurodeneration


  • Biography

    I am a cognitive neurologist, obtained a PhD at the KU Leuven, with a postdoctoral fellowship at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer Disease Centre, Northwestern University, Chicago, US. I am currently director of the Memory Clinic Neurology at the University Hospitals Leuven (, and principal investigator of the Laboratory for Cognitive Neurology KU Leuven ( The memory clinic of the University Hospitals Leuven provides early diagnosis, treatment and care for home dwelling patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) across the disease spectrum with a special interest in early-onset dementia as well as atypical variants (primary progressive aphasia, posterior cortical atrophy).

    At the Laboratory for Cognitive Neurology we combine studies in healthy volunteers with studies in patients with neurodegenerative disease within the domains of language and semantic memory. We aim to integrate the different levels, from molecular aggregates measured by means of PET, over functional cognitive brain circuits using task-related fMRI, to cognitive manifestations.

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