On June 13th, 2023, the annual BBL-CIBM-FCBG Research Day 2023  took place at the Auditoire Adolphe Franceschetti, Centre Médical Universitaire (CMU), University of Geneva, bringing together over 130 scientists, researchers, and industry professionals.

Now in its 15 edition, the event aimed to foster interdisciplinary dialogue, share cutting-edge research, and promote scientific advancements in the realms of neuroimaging techniques and methodologies (fMRI, EEG), brain disorders, cognitive neuroscience and behaviour, as well as memory and reinforcement learning.

The program consisted of four Sessions delivered by MRI experts with an interactive poster session featuring 21 posters (PDF here)

The event concluded with the Farewell Ceremony for Prof. Francois Lazeyras who  initiated the event in 2008.

  • Brainstem pons network dynamics associated with self-awareness disorders 6 to 9 month after SARS-CoV-2 infection. Alexandre Cionca (Pl: Frederic Assal, Julie Peron – UNIGE) 
  • Individual signatures of functional connectivity in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases: the uncovering of clinical fingerprinting. Sara Stampacchia  (PI: Olaf Blanke – EPFL)
  • Modulation of the activity of deep brain regions and related behaviors via noninvasive transcranial temporal interference stimulation. Elena Beanato (PI: Friedhelm Hummel – EPFL)
  • Identification of neurobiological substrates of psychosis susceptibility in patients with 22q11.2DS using MR imaging. Farnaz Delavari (PI: Stephan Eliez – UNIGE, Dimitri Van De Ville – EPFL)
  • Reward processing in schizophrenia. Mariia Kaliuzhna (Pl: Stephan Kaiser – UNIGE)
  • Trimodal EEG-fMRI and dMRI connectomics in epilepsy. Jonathan Wirsich (Pl: Serge Vulliemoz – UNIGE)
  • Towards quantitative functional brain mapping with Arterial Spin Labelling. Gianarita lannoti (Pl: Frederic Grouiller – UNIGE, Karl-Olaf Lovblad – HUG)
  • Mindfulness in children. The effects of mindfulness for children and adolescents born preterm: from brain changes to changes in everyday life. Russia Ha-Vinh Leuchter (Pl: Petra Huppi – UNIGE)
  • Special guest, Matthias J. Gruber, Cardiff University
    How curiosity affects learning and information seeking via the dopaminergic circuit.
  • T1 and ADC map segmentation of the renal cortex and medulla using Al. lbtisam Aslam (Pl: Jean-Paul Vallee – HUG)
  • MRI guided focused ultrasound for ground-breaking neuro-surgery and neuro-oncology: Present and future. Rares Salomir (Pl: Rares Salomir -HUG)
  • Investigating the effects of appraisal manipulation on behaviour, physiology and brain representations using video games. Mi Xue Tan (Pl: Patrik Vuilleumier – UNIGE, Dimitri Van De Ville – EPFL)
  • Does the future use matter? Memorized information and representations in memory. Prosper A. Fiave (Pl: Evie Vergauwe – UNIGE)
  • Neural correlates of approach tendencies toward physical activity and inactivity stimuli: an fMRI study. Boris Cheval (Pl: David Sander – UNIGE)
  • Investigating the neural correlates of reinforcement learning in narcoleptic and Parkinson’s disease patients. Gabriel Hinnen (Pl: Sophie Schwartz, Virginie Sterpenich – UNIGE)


About the annual MRI Research Day in Geneva

Prof. Francois Lazeyras leading the MRI activity at CIBM in Geneva launched the first annual MRI Research Day in 2008. As the MRI research community grew, in 2010 the event expanded to include researchers using the MRI infrastructure at the Brain and Behaviour Laboratory, followed by those at the Human Neuroscience Platform at the Campus Biotech in 2018.

The MRI Research Day in Geneva gathers MRI experts from all around the Lemanic region and serves as a platform for reviewing ongoing MRI projects, sharing experiences as well as challenges, and facilitating exchanges among physicists, physicians, and neuroscientists.

For previous editions of the event have a look here:

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