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Plenary Keynote speakers

JAAK PANKSEPP
Estados Unidos
Jaak Panksepp is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Bowling Green State University; Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science and Professor, Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN) at Washington State University; Head of Affective Neuroscience Research, Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics at Northwestern University; and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. His present research is devoted to the analysis of the neuroanatomical and neurochemical mechanisms of emotional behaviors (in the emerging field of affective neuroscience), with a focus on understanding how separation responses, social bonding, social play, fear, anticipatory processes, and drug craving are organized in the brain, especially with reference to psychiatric disorders.
 
JEAN DECETY
Estados Unidos
Irving B. Harris Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Director of the Child Neurosuite and the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. He is a leading scholar on the social neuroscience of empathy, morality and prosocial behavior, as well as other topics related to neurobiology of social cognition. His work has led to new understandings of mpathy, affective processes and moral decision-making in typically developing individuals as well as psychopaths. His research uses neuroimaging techniques (functional MRI and high-density EEG) and genetics in children and adults to examine how biological and social factors interact in contributing to empathy and the motivation to care for the well-being of others. Dr. Decety is the current President of the Society for Social Neuroscience. He recently edited the Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience (2011) and Empathy from Bench to Bedside (2012).
 
JOSEPH LEDOUX
Estados Unidos
Joseph LeDoux is a Professor of Science at NYU and directs the Emotional Brain Institute. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of memory and emotion. He is author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also the lead singer and songwriter in the rock band, The Amygdaloids.
 
MICHAEL MEANEY
Canadá
Michael Meaney, PhD is associate director of the Douglas Research Centre, a University Institute in Mental Health. He is the James McGill Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology and Neurosurgery as well the Director of the Program for the Study of Behaviour, Genes and the Environment at McGill University. Prof. Meaney and his team are currently conducting research by conducting studies examining the molecular mechanisms by which maternal care alters gene expression and the subsequent effects on neuron growth, function, and health.
 
THOMAS INSEL
Estados Unidos
Thomas R. Insel, M.D., is Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health charged with generating the knowledge needed to understand, treat, and prevent mental disorders. His tenure at NIMH has been distinguished by groundbreaking findings in the areas of practical clinical trials, autism research, and the role of genetics in mental illnesses. He has published over 250 scientific articles and four books, including the Neurobiology of Parental Care (with Michael Numan) in 2003.
 

Keynote speakers and Session Organizer

ADRIAN RAINE
Estados Unidos
Chair of Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. Research Areas: neurobiology of violence, psychopathic and antisocial behavior, schizotypal personality, alcoholism, behavioral and molecular genetics.
 
ANDRES LOZANO
Canadá
Chair of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. Research Areas: surgical approaches to treat disorders like Parkinson’s disease, depression, dystonia, anorexia, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
 
ANDREW A. NIERENBERG
Estados Unidos
Dr. Nierenberg is Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Co-Director of the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, and Associate Director of the Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University followed by a residency in psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital and then became a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University. In 1992, he joined the Psychiatry Department at MGH. He has published over 250 original articles and over 60 reviews, editorials, and chapters, and has been listed among the Best Doctors in North America for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders continuously since 1994. He received the NDMDA Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator Award and was elected as a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. His primary interests are treatment resistant depression, bipolar depression, and the longitudinal course of mood disorders. Dr. Nierenberg lectures nationally and internationally, teaches and supervises clinicians and researchers, maintains an active clinical practice, conducts clinical trials, and is Editor in Chief of CNS Spectrums as well as on the editorial boards of multiple psychiatric journals.
 
ANTOINE BECHARA
Estados Unidos
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California. Research Areas: the neurology and neuropsychology of decision-making; neuroeconomics; and addiction.
 
DANA SMALL
Estados Unidos
Dana joined the John B. Pierce Laboratory in June, 2004. She received her MSc in Neuroscience in 1998 and her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2001 from McGill University. Her work is directed toward understanding the neural mechanisms underlying taste, flavor, and feeding in the human brain using neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and psychophysics methodologies in healthy and disordered populations. A major focus of current work is to understand how the modern food environment interacts with central and peripheral physiology to promote weight gain. Dana received the Ajinomoto Award for Research in Gustation in 2003, the Moskowitz Jacobs Award for Research Excellence in the Psychophysics of Taste and Smell in 2005, the Firmenich Flavor and Fragrance Science Award in 2007 for her work on taste-odor integration, and the Ruth Pike Award in 2010 for contributions to nutrition research. Currently, Dana serves on the Executive Committee for the Association of Chemoreception Sciences and is a board member of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. She is on the Editorial Boards of Molecular Metabolism, Chemosensory Perception, Neuroimage: Clinical, and Frontiers of Human Neuroscience. Her lab is funded by NIAAA, NIDDK, and NIDCD. She is also honored to have been included as an expert muggle scientist in the book “The Science Behind Harry Potter” by Roger Highfield.
 
FACUNDO MANES
Argentina
Facundo Manes Investigator of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). Argentina President, INECO Foundation for Research in Neuroscience (Argentina) President Favaloro University (Argentina) Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Favaloro University (Argentina) Professor of Experimental Psychology. University of South Carolina (USA) Consultant on Neuroimaging and Neuropsychology. Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Medical Research Council. Cambridge. UK Partner Investigator for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Director of the University Diego Portales-INECO Foundation Core on Neuroscience. Chile President. World Federation of Neurology Research Group for Aphasia, Dementia and Cognitive Disorders
 
GUSTAVO TURECKI
Canadá
Director of the McGill Group for Suicide Studies and head of the Depressive Disorders Program. Research Areas: studies to better understand the neurobiological factors on suicide, with particular attention to how the environment interacts with the genome to increase risk (MGSS).
 
HOWARD STEIGER
Canadá
Howard Steiger, PhD Director, Eating Disorders Program, Douglas Institute Professor, Psychiatry Department, McGill University
 
JADERSON COSTA DA COSTA
Brasil
Director of the Brain Institute in Brazil, full professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul - PUCRS. Research Areas: epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, neurobehavioral disorders and stem cell therapy in neurodegenerative diseases.
 
JEAN-POL TASSIN
França
Team leader, Neurophysiology and Behaviour CNRS, Collège de France, Paris. Research Areas: mechanisms and neurobiology of drug addiction.
 
JOHN HARDY
Reino Unido
Chair of Department of Molecular Neuroscience at UCL, Institute of Neurology – UK; he is one of the most highly cited authors on Alzheimer’s disease research. Research Areas: Alzheimer disease.
 
JORGE MOLL
Brasil
Director at D‘Or Institute for Research and Education. Research Areas: neural bases of behavior and moral cognition, through clinical studies and neuroimage, in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders.
 
MARK HALLETT
Estados Unidos
Is chief of the Human Motor Control Section at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health. He is now Editor-in-Chief of World Neurology, the newsletter of the World Federation of Neurology and Associate Editor of Brain. Research Areas: physiology of human voluntary movement and its pathophysiology in disordered voluntary movement and involuntary movement.
 
MARTHA FARAH
Estados Unidos
Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Research Areas: cognitive, social and developmental neuroscience, especially the effects of socioeconomic status on brain development, and neuroethics.
 
MOHAMMED MILAD
Estados Unidos
Professor in the Department Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Research and Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Research Areas: translational research focused on examining the influence of sex differences and gonadal hormones on fear extinction in both rats and humans
 
MOSHE SZYF
Canadá
Szyf received his Ph. D from the Hebrew University and did his postdoctoral fellowship in Genetics at Harvard Medical School, joined the department in 1989 and currently holds a James McGill Professorship and GlaxoSmithKline-CIHR Chair in Pharmacology. He is the founding co-director of the Sackler Institute for Epigenetics and Psychobiology at McGill and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Experience-based Brain and Biological Development program. Szyf has been the founder of the first “Pharma” to develop epigenetic pharmacology “Methylgene Inc.” and the first journal in epigenetics “Epigenetics”. Szyf lab has proposed two decades ago that DNA methylation is a prime therapeutic target in cancer and other diseases and has postulated and provided the first set of evidence that the “social environment” early in life can alter DNA methylation launching the emerging field of “social epigenetics”.
 
PETER KALIVAS
Estados Unidos
Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Research Areas: brain molecules and neurocircuitry that underlie addiction, with a focus on characterizing the neuroplasticity produced by chronic use of addictive drugs in the prefrontal cortex and its glutamatergic projections to the basal ganglia.
 
PIERRE ASSALIAN
Canadá
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University - Canada Senior Psychiatrist, Director Human Sexuality Unit, McGill University Health Center President, Professional Development Committee, Quebec Psychiatric Association, Quebec - CANADA Secretary General/Treasurer and President International Scientific Committee, World Association for Sexual Health.
 
PIERRE BLIER
Canadá
Full Professor and Director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at the University of Ottawa. Research Areas: mechanisms of action of psychotropic medications with mood and anxiety disorders.
 
RÉMI QUIRION
Canadá
Quebec‘s first Chief Scientist and Scientific Director of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, one of the thirteen Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Research Areas: Alzheimer‘s Disease, neuropeptides, neuroprotection, cell death, psychiatric illnesses.
 
RICHARD E. TREMBLAY
Canadá
Chair in Child Development, Professor of Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Psychology, and Director of the Research Unit on Children‘s Psychosocial Maladjustment at the University of Montreal. Research Areas: Development of Psychopathology.
 
ROBERT J. ZATORRE
Canadá
Co-Director, Professor, Dept. of Neurology and Neurosurgery McGill University. Research Areas: deals with complex auditory perceptual processes, especially the processing of musical sounds and speech.
 
ROGER MCINTYRE
Canadá
Head of the Unit of Mood Disorder and Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at the University of Toronto. Research Areas: multiple research areas, which primarily aim to characterize the association between mood disorders and medical comorbidity.
 
SHELDON BENJAMIN
Estados Unidos
Dr. Sheldon Benjamin is Vice Chair for Education, Director of Neuropsychiatry, and Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Benjamin completed Residencies in Psychiatry and Neurology at Tufts New England Medical Center and Boston University and a Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry by the United Council on Neurological Subspecialties. As Director of the Neuropsychiatry Outpatient Referral Center, he is interested in the differential diagnosis of neuropsychiatric symptoms and the interaction of depression with neurological disease. He evaluates common problems including movement disorders, seizure disorders, dementia, neurodevelopmental disability, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and inherited neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Benjamin is particularly interested in dysfunctional frontal-subcortical circuits as causes of neuropsychiatric symptoms, and deep brain stimulation as a treatment targeted at specific dysfunctional frontal-subcortical circuits.
 
SONIA LUPIEN
Canadá
Scientific Director of Fernand-Seguin Research Centre of Louis–H. Lafontaine Hospital, at Université de Montréal. Research Areas: effects of stress over the human lifespan.
 
STEPHEN J. SUOMI
Estados Unidos
Stephen J. Suomi, Ph.D. is Chief of the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology in NICHD. He holds research professorships at the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland, College Park, the Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, the Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Suomi earned his B.A. in psychology at Stanford University in 1968, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969 and 1971, respectively. He then joined the Psychology faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he eventually attained the rank of Professor before moving to the NICHD in 1983. Dr. Suomi’s initial postdoctoral research successfully reversed the adverse effects of early social isolation, previously thought to be permanent, in rhesus monkeys. His subsequent research at Wisconsin led to his election as Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for major contributions to the understanding of social factors that influence the psychological development of nonhuman primates.” His present research at NICHD focuses on three general issues: the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in shaping individual developmental trajectories, the issue of continuity vs. change and the relative stability of individual differences throughout development, and the degree to which findings from monkeys studied in captivity generalize not only to monkeys living in the wild but also to humans living in different cultures. Throughout his professional career Dr. Suomi has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, the most recent of which include the Donald O. Hebb Award from the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished Primatologist Award from the American Society of Primatologists, and the Arnold Pfeffer Prize from the International Society of Neuropsychoanalysis. To date, he has authored or co-authored over 400 articles published in scientific journals and chapters in edited volumes.
 
WILLIAM CURT LAFRANCE
Estados Unidos
W. Curt LaFrance, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., is the Director of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology (Research) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and of Clinical Neurosciences at Brown Medical School. He is the neuropsychiatrist for the RIH Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Staff Physician at the Providence VAMC and a faculty member of the Brown Institute for Brain Science. He is the Director of the combined neurology/psychiatry residency at Brown University, where he teaches and mentors undergraduates, medical students, residents and fellows in research and clinical practice.
 
YVES JOANETTE
Canadá
Full Professor of the University of Montreal and Scientific Director of CIHR’s,Institute of Aging. Research Areas: aging process and cognitive deficits in the elderly.
 

Invited Speakers

ALAN SANFEY
ALDO BOLTEN LUCION
ANA INÉS ANSALDO
ANDRÉ PALMINI
ANTHONY CLEARE
AUGUSTO BUCHWEITZ
BENICIO FREY
BRENDA MILNER
CARL ERNST
CHRISTINA CAREW
CLAUDIO CUELLO
DANIELA SCHILLER
DANIELLE CHA
DAVID ADAM ROSS
DAVID BENNETT
EKATERINA ROGAEVA
FERNANDO CENDES
FRANÇOISE MAHEU
GASTON BASLET
GEORG NORTHOFF
GRISEL LOPEZ
GUILHERME POLANCZYK
HELENE COTÉ
HOWARD CHERTKOW
HOWARD FELDMAN
JAIR MARI
JAMIE TYLER
JEAN SÉGUIN
JOÃO SENGER
JOCIANE DE CARVALHO MYSKIW
KARINE IGARTUA
KETTE DUALIBI RAMOS VALENTE
KRISTA HYDE
LINDA BOOIJ
LUIS AUGUSTO PAIM ROHDE
MARIO FRANCISCO JURUENA
MEIR STEINER
PATRICIA BOKSA
PAUL ALBERT
PAULO CARAMELLI
PAULO JANNUZZI CUNHA
PEDRO ANTONIO SCHMIDT DO PRADO LIMA
PEDRO ROSA NETO
RAYMOND LAM
RICARDO NITRINI
RODRIGO B. MANSUR
ROLAND ZAHN
RUDOLF UHER
SERGIO T. FERREIRA
SIDNEY H KENNEDY
STAN KUTCHER
VADIM BOLSHAKOV
VALENTIM GENTIL
VIRGINIA PENHUNE

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