10th Symposium - 2014

BIAL Foundation Symposium 
BEHIND AND BEYOND THE BRAIN

Mind-Matter Interactions

Program

20:00 - 21:00
Registration
21:00 - 21:45
Opening Session
21:45 - 22:30
Opening Conference

Chairman | Fernando Lopes da Silva

Emeritus Professor of General Physiology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Head researcher of the Higher Technical Institute (IST) of Lisbon, Portugal. Research interests: electrophysiology of the brain, origin of epileptic phenomena, neuronal networks in relation to memory, attention and consciousness.

Bidirectional interactions between the brain and implantable computers

Eberhard Fetz

Professor of Physiology and Biophysics and of Bioengineering, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle (USA) and Head of Neuroscience Division, Primate Research Center at the same University. He received the Humboldt Research Award 2011 and NYAS and Aspen Brain forum First Prize in Neurotechnology 2010, among others. Research interests: brain stimulation and rehabilitation, brain-computer interface, volitional control and neuroprosthetics.

1st session Mind-Matter Interactions - The Neuroscientific dimension

Moderator | Miguel Castelo-Branco

Professor of Biophysics and Mathematics and Visual Sciences and Director of IBILI and ICNAS, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Scientific interests: sensory and cognitive neuroscience in healthy and ill populations.

09:00 - 09:30
Opening remarks

Moderator | Miguel Castelo-Branco

Professor of Biophysics and Mathematics and Visual Sciences and Director of IBILI and ICNAS, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Scientific interests: sensory and cognitive neuroscience in healthy and ill populations.

09:30 - 10:15
Generating and shaping novel action repertoires

Rui Costa

PhD, MD, Researcher, Champalimaud Neuroscience Program, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal. Guest Researcher, National Institutes of Health, USA. Director, Neuroscience Module, GABBA Doctoral Program, University of Porto, Portugal. He received the Seeds of Sciences Prize for Life Sciences 2010, Portugal, and the Young Investigator Award, Society for Neurosciences 2012, USA, among others. Research interests: Molecular, cellular and systems mechanisms of action generation, sequence and skill learning, goal-directed actions versus habits, across-level approach to study cognitive and sensorimotor disorders in mouse models (PD, OCD, NFI and autism).

10:15 - 11:00
Brain-Computer Interface Implants: the power and potential of cortical surface electrodes

Nick Ramsey

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Rudolf Magnus Institute for Neuroscience, and of Cognitive Neuroimaging and Experimental Psychology, University Medical Center of Utrecht, Netherlands. Co-author of the book “Psychology in the brain” (2013). Research interests: functional brain research in epilepsy with electrocorticography, brain-computer interfacing, functional imaging methods (high field MRI – human 7 Tesla) and pharmacological imaging and clinical applications.

11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 12:15
Brain-machine-interfaces (BMI) in paralysis

Ander Ramos-Murguialday

Research Scientist, Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen and director of TECNALIA, Germany. He has more than 10 years-experience doing translational science from basic research to clinical applications. Research interests: robotics and mechatronics, neurophysiology, neuroplasticity, neuroprosthetics and neurorehabilitation using BMI (brain-machine-interfaces) techniques coupled with robotics.

12:15 - 13:00
Discution
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch
14:30 - 16:30
Posters oral presentations - Bial Foundation Fellows

Moderator | Mário Simões

Professor of Psychiatry and Consciousness Sciences, Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon, Portugal. Director of the Post-Graduation Course in Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon. Research interests: psychology and psychophysiology of altered states of consciousness, ethnomedicine, human exceptional experiences and psychology and spirituality.

16:30 - 18:00
Coffee, posters session and contacts with faculty

2nd session Mind-Matter Interactions - The Parapsychological dimension

Moderator | Caroline Watt

A founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, and Senior Lecturer, Psychology Department, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Former Perrott-Warrick Senior Researcher and Past President of the Parapsychological Association, co-author of the book “An Introduction to Parapsychology” and author of journal articles on parapsychology and paranormal beliefs. Research interests: replication issues in parapsychology, the psychology and parapsychology of precognitive dream experiences.

09:00 - 09:15
Opening remarks

Moderator | Caroline Watt

A founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, and Senior Lecturer, Psychology Department, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Former Perrott-Warrick Senior Researcher and Past President of the Parapsychological Association, co-author of the book “An Introduction to Parapsychology” and author of journal articles on parapsychology and paranormal beliefs. Research interests: replication issues in parapsychology, the psychology and parapsychology of precognitive dream experiences.

09:15 - 09:45
Mind-matter interaction experiments involving light

Dean Radin

Senior Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences, California, and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology, Sonoma State University, CA, USA. Past President of the Parapsychological Association and member of the Board of Directors. Co-editor-in chief of the Journal of Science and Healing. Broad media outreach includes print, radio and TV interviews and documentary and feature film contributions. He authored or co-authored various books, one of them translated in Portuguese – “Entangled Minds” (Mentes Entrelaçadas – Experiências extrassensoriais na realidade quântica). Research interests: distant healing experiments through space and time, models of mind-matter interaction, conscious in the physical world, retrocausation, precognition and meta-analysis and exploratory data analysis.

09:50 - 10:20
Mind-Matter-Interaction: On The Roller-coaster From Data to Theory and Back Again

Harald Walach

Professor and Director of the Institute of Transcultural Health Sciences, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, where he also coordinates a postgraduate training program for doctors in complementary medicine and cultural studies. He is Coordinator of the European section of the Brain, Mind, and Healing (BMH) Program of the Samueli Institute. Founder of the MSc Program of Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies, University of Northampton, UK. Research interests: evaluation of unconventional interventions, research in homeopathy, mindfulness, complementary medicine, self-healing, placebo effects, meditation and non-local interactions between systems.

10:25 - 10:55
What does the Global Consciousness Project measure?

Peter Bancel

PhD, BSc, Physics. Until 2010 has been involved with the Global Conscious Project, Princeton, NJ, USA. Member of the European Board Shambhala Europe, Cologne, Germany. Membre Comité Directeur, Institut Intérnational Métapsychique, Paris, France. Research interests: correlations of continuous random data with major world events, effects of mass consciousness and the Global Consciousness Project.

11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 12:15
Keynote Lecture - Consciousness, microtubules and quantum nonlocality - The 'Orch OR' theory

Stuart Hameroff

Emeritus Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology. Director, Center for Consciousness studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA. He received the Rustin Roy Award by the Chopra Foundation. Co-editor of the Tucson Discussions and Debates – Toward a Science of Consciousness. Research interests: consciousness studies, molecular mechanisms of anesthesia, memory and information processing in microtubules, transcranial ultrasound therapy (TUS), quantum biology.

12:30 - 13:00
Discussion
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch
14:30 - 17:00
Oral communications - Bial Foundation Fellows

Moderator | Alexandre Castro-Caldas

Professor of Neurology, Director of the Health Sciences Institute of the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal. Past President of the International Neuropsychological Society. Research interests: literacy/illiteracy and orthography and brain neurobiological substrates, aphasia and Parkinson's disease.

17:00 - 18:00
Coffee, posters session and contacts with faculty
21:30 - 23:00
Evening encounter - Matter-Mind Interactions: Art and Illusion - Moderators – Mário Simões and Migue

Participant | Marta de Menezes

Portuguese artist with a degree in Fine Arts, MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture and PhD candidate at the University of Leiden, Netherlands. She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as a new art medium. It includes functional MRI of the brain to create portraits, fluorescent DNA probes to create microsculptures, incorporating live neurons or bacteria. Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures and books.

09:00 - 09:15
3rd session Mind-Matter Interactions - The Social and Philosophical dimension

Moderator | Axel Cleeremans

Research Director, Consciousness, Cognition & Computation Group, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Author of numerous papers on implicit learning and consciousness and editor of the books “The Unity of Consciousness: Binding, Integration and Dissociation” and “The Oxford Companion to Consciousness”. Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium. Research interests: consciousness and implicit learning, models of conscious and unconscious cognition, neural network of cognitive processes.

09:15 - 09:45
Cracking mesoscopic feature codes in the human brain using ultra high-field functional MRI

Rainer Goebel

Full professor for Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Founding director of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC) and team leader of the "Neuromodeling and Neuroimaging" group, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Research interests: neuronal representations in the brain and how they are processed to enable specific perceptual and cognitive functions, neural correlates of visual awareness, clinical applications in brain computer interfaces (BCls) and neurofeedback studies.

09:50 - 10:20
Mind-matter interactions in severe brain injury and coma

Vanessa Charland-Verville

Neuropsychologist, part of the Coma Science Group, Cyclotron Research Centre and Neurology department, CHU Sart Tilman University Hospital, Belgium. She obtained her B.Sc. in Psychology, University of Montreal, and worked on sport concussions in professional football and hockey athletes. She then obtained her Master degree in Neurosciences and is currently doing her PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Liège, Belgium. Research interests: post-coma memories and cognition, behavioral and neurofunctional study of altered states of consciousness in patients with severe brain injury.

10:25 - 10:55
Atheistic and Religious Mindbrains

Adolf Tobeña

Full Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. European Award “Estudio general” on Scientific Popularization 2004 (University of Valencia), among others. He is visiting professor at the Universities of London, Groningen, Tel Aviv, Venice and Córdoba (Argentine). Author or co-author of various books. Research interests: biology of religiosity, values, empathy and fairness, brain and power and aging and lucidity.

11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 12:15
Keynote Lecture - Voluntary action and social responsibility

Patrick Haggard

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College, London, UK. President of research evaluation committee, Fonds National de Recherche Scientifique, Belgium, and member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Max Planck CBS Unit, Germany. Research interests: human voluntary action, bodily awareness, neural correlates of the experience of agency and brain activity and conscious experience.

12:30 - 13:00
Discussion
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch
14:30 - 16:30
Round-table - Mind-Matter controversies

Moderator | Dick Bierman

Heymans Chair of Exceptional Experiences, University for Humanistics, Utrecht, Netherlands (Emeritus). PhD in Experimental Physics, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Research interests: consciousness studies, artificial intelligence, learning during altered states of consciousness (especially during sleep), non-conscious emotions and their role in (intuitive) decision-making, pre-sentiment (anomalous body arousal preceding emotional events), relation between quantum physics and consciousness.

Participant | Eberhard Fetz

Professor of Physiology and Biophysics and of Bioengineering, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle (USA) and Head of Neuroscience Division, Primate Research Center at the same University. He received the Humboldt Research Award 2011 and NYAS and Aspen Brain forum First Prize in Neurotechnology 2010, among others. Research interests: brain stimulation and rehabilitation, brain-computer interface, volitional control and neuroprosthetics.

Participant | Rainer Goebel

Full professor for Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Founding director of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC) and team leader of the "Neuromodeling and Neuroimaging" group, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Research interests: neuronal representations in the brain and how they are processed to enable specific perceptual and cognitive functions, neural correlates of visual awareness, clinical applications in brain computer interfaces (BCls) and neurofeedback studies.

Participant | Dean Radin

Senior Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences, California, and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology, Sonoma State University, CA, USA. Past President of the Parapsychological Association and member of the Board of Directors. Co-editor-in chief of the Journal of Science and Healing. Broad media outreach includes print, radio and TV interviews and documentary and feature film contributions. He authored or co-authored various books, one of them translated in Portuguese – “Entangled Minds” (Mentes Entrelaçadas – Experiências extrassensoriais na realidade quântica). Research interests: distant healing experiments through space and time, models of mind-matter interaction, conscious in the physical world, retrocausation, precognition and meta-analysis and exploratory data analysis.