Sylvius Lectures

Sylvius Lectures

sylvius1The Sylvius Lectures refer to a prestigious lecture series organized and funded by the Leiden Institute for brain and Cognition (LIBC). Named after the German-Dutch physiologist and anatomist Franciscus Sylvius, discoverer of the brain’s Sylvian fissure, who died in Leiden in 1672, this annual lecture series presents a set of five or six internationally renowned speakers. Research areas of these invited speakers relate to one of the LIBC hot spots, i.e. Junior (brain development), Language, Stress or Pharmacology. The lectures are for free and open to all interested parties, and no registration is required.

Organizors: dr. Lotte van Dillen
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Date & Time: 29 June 2017, 4.30 pm
Location: FSW, Pieter de la Court gebouw, Wassenaarseweg 52, College room SA41

Population imaging with resting-state fMRI: towards a big-data approach to psychiatry and psychology


Date & Time:  18 May 2017, 4 pm
Location: Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen, Pieter de la Court gebouw, Wassenaarseweg 52, SB45


Psychiatry and psychology are based on assessing individuals' traits, relying vastly on behavioral testing and questionnaires. Imaging of brain activity raises the hope of measuring the biological differences that underlie these psychological variations. In the long run, imaging could not only reveal mechanisms, but also help refine the definition of relevant traits and diseases. However, imaging-based research faces multiple challenges: How to measure function in pathologies? How to relate experiments? Can understanding arise from data?  

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