SBRI Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute - France (Lyon)

CORTEX Conference by David Van Essen

Date event : September 10, 2019 - 11:00am Conference / Talk Published on 09/02/2019 - 11:00am

Mapping primate cerebral cortex: structure, function, connectivity, development, and evolution


David Van Essen

Alumni Endowed Professor in the Departmentof Neuroscience atWashington University in St Louis


Cerebral cortex is the dominant structure of the  human brain and is largely responsible for  what  makes  us  unique  as  a species  and  as  individuals.  This  lecture  will  discuss  how recent  advances  in  noninvasive  imaging  combined  with  invasive  approaches  in  animal models   are   transforming   our   understanding   of   human   brain   structure,   function, connectivity,  evolution,  and  development,  and  in  health  and  disease.  It  will  include  an overview  of  basic  principles  of cortical  organization  and  connectivity  from  studies  of laboratory animals and analyses of individual variability in humans. It will highlight a new map (‘parcellation’) of human cerebral cortex based on data from the Human Connectome Project.  Comparisons  of  cortical  organization  across  species  reveal  valuable  insights regarding what makes us uniquely human.

Short bio: David C. Van Essen is the Alumni Endowed Professor in the Department of Neuroscience atWashington University in St Louis. He trained at Caltech and Harvard, and his research career has focused on cerebral cortex of humans and nonhuman primates, He has served in   many   leadership   positions,   including   chair   of   the   Anatomy   and   Neurobiology Department  at  Washington  University,  President  of  the  Society  for  Neuroscience,  and founding  chair  of  the  Organization  for  Human  Brain  Mapping.  He  has  received  many awards for excellence in teaching and research and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. 


Tuesday 10 September, 11am, ISC Amphi.

Invited by Henry Kennedy