Introduction



History

This workshop represents the fifth of a series of workshops dedicated to enhance discussions, to connect complementary disciplines and also to stimulate overseas collaborations around the main subject of Brain Connectivity. To date, workshops have been held in
Düsseldorf (Germany), Cambridge (England), Havana (Cuba) and Boca Raton (US). A summary is given below.


April 4-6, 2002, Düsseldorf, Germany
Organized by: Rolf Kötter & Karl Friston
Topics
Multi-unit recording, Optical recording, Electroencephalography (EEG) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Functional Brain Imaging (PET, fMRI), Multivariate Statistics, Computer Simulation and Neuroinformatics.


May 1-3, 2003, Cambridge, England
Organized by: Ed Bullmore, Lee Harrison, Lucy Lee, Andrea Mechelli & Karl Friston
Topics
Dynamic Correlations, Synchronization, Ensemble Dynamics, Information Theoretic/Bayesian Architectures, System Identification, Synergetics/Complexity.


April 26-29, 2004, Havana, Cuba
Organized by: Pedro Valdés
& Rolf Kötter
Topics
Causal Inference: Graphical Models and Time Series, Statistical Techniques for Measuring Connectivity, Anatomical Connectivity, Functional Connectivity, Multimodal Neuroimages for Discovering Connectivity, Interventional Studies of Neural Causal Systems, Connectivity Changes in Pathology.


April 15-16, 2005, Boca Raton, US
Organized by: Viktor Jirsa & Anthony Randal McIntosh
Topics
Principles of Spatiotemporal Pattern Formation, Measuring Connectivity and Dynamics, Clinical Aspects of Anatomical and Functional Connectivity.

See also: The Brain Connectivity Workshop Series  



The fifth International Workshop on Brain Connectivity will be held in Sendai, Japan (May 17th-20th, 2006). It will draw together experimentalists and theoreticians from various disciplines including computational neuroscience, neurophysiology and neuroimaging.
 


 

Objective

This edition of the workshop will be organized to address the unresolved questions with regards to the integration of in vivo multimodal techniques (MRI, EEG/MEG, NIRs, TMS) for the study human brain activity and connectivity. We will focus on top-down data driven approaches, emphasizing the need for compatibility with findings obtained from in vitro/vivo studies at different brain levels (intracellular recordings, local field potentials, intrinsic signals) as well the latest theoretical models.
 

The neuroscience community is sensitive to the considerable gap which exists between theoretical neuroscience at different levels (i.e. neuronal networks, cellular/molecular biology, biophysics of membranes) and applied neuroscience, explored mostly using neurophysiologic techniques and neuroimaging. Certainly, there is a distinct excitement at international conferences or workshops where neuroscientists from different disciplines are called together. A number of contradictory experimental results observed using diverse techniques in the recent past have motivated the development of both sophisticated systems to perform multimodal simultaneous recordings at different brain scales as well as unified theoretical models to explain the underlying physiological mechanisms. These models will enable us to interpret a huge amount of data and answer many outstanding questions in neuroscience.


The workshop should also lead to an exchange of conceptual and mathematical frameworks that have been demonstrated to be useful within their respective contexts. In particular, we want to explore the possibility that one level of enquiry can inform or be constrained by others. This could be done by combining approaches with different advantages/limitations or by the application of different concepts to new research contexts.