JBC Student Initiated Workshop - "Connections and Communication in the human Brain"


Thursday, January 2, 2020, 9:30am to 4:40pm


The Suzanne and Charles Goodman Brain Sciences Building, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Jerusalem

In the recent decades, neuroscience research has diversified to encompass multiple subfields, each focusing on different levels of brain function at various spatial scales: from molecular processes, cellular ones, to local micro-circuits, to functions within a cortical region, and across regions, and even brain to brain interactions encompassing social behavior. But it is obvious that each of these processes does not act in isolation. Rather, the interactions between these levels allow for complex properties (such as perception, cognition and action) to emerge.

The symposium will bring together both local and international top researchers working on the subject of brain communication in different modalities and at different levels of resolution, with an emphasis on the human brain.

The symposium will highlight the different levels in which communication is manifested in the brain.



  • 09:00 – 09:30 Light refreshments
  • 09:30 – 09:40 Opening remarks
  • Communication between brain regions. Chair: Ido Tavor (TAU)
  • 09:40 – 10:10 John Gore (Vanderbilt). Functional MRI in white matter
  • 10:10 – 10:40 Aviv Mezer (HUJI). Connectivity and conductivity in the human brain
  • 10:40 – 11:10 Niv Tik (TAU). Predicting individual variability in brain activity in psychiatric patients
  • 11:10 – 11:30 Coffee break
  • Brain and body communication. Chair: Yonatan Loewenstein (HUJI)
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Talma Hendler (TAU). Harnessing the immune system by the brain - from animal evidence to human proof-of-concept
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Doron Friedman (IDC). Disembodiment and re-embodiment using virtual reality and brain machine interfaces
  • 12:30 – 13:00 Noam Saadon-Grosman (HUJI). Somatosensory cortical organization in health and disease
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
  • Brain to brain communication. Chair: Shir Atzil (HUJI)
  • 14:00 – 14:30 Uri Hasson (Princeton). Using stories to study how information flows within and between brains
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Ruth Feldman (IDC). Brain-to-brain synchrony across social affiliations
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Lior Zeevi (HUJI). Happy infants, mothers’ brains neuro-behavioral pathways for social regulation
  • 15:30 – 15:50 Coffee break
  • 15:50 – 16:35 Yael Barel-Ben David (Technion). Communicating science in the post truth era.
  • 16:35 – 16:40 Closing remarks


Organising committee:

  • Academic Advisor – Dr. Aviv Mezer
  • Shir Filo – ELSC
  • Shai Berman – ELSC
  • Roey Schurr– ELSC


Participation is free but require registration in advance.


For registration click here



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