Principal Investigators

 Maria Victoria Sanchez-Vives (Coordinator)


María V. Sanchez-Vives, MD, PhD in Neurosciences, has been ICREA Research Professor at the IDIBAPS (Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer) since 2008, where she is Head of the Systems Neuroscience group. She is also co-Director of the Event Lab (Experimental Virtual Environments in Neuroscience and Technology) and Adjunct Professor at the Dept. of Basic Physiology, University of Barcelona. She previously held a position as Associate Professor of Physiology and group leader at the Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (UMH-CSIC). She was Postdoctoral Fellow at Rockefeller University and Postdoctoral and Research Associate scientist at Yale University. Her independent research has been supported by national and international agencies. She has been partner in 7 EU grants and coordinator of CORTICONIC and SlowDyn EraNet. Her main interest is the generation, modulation and function of spontaneous rhythmic activity in the cerebral cortex and also body representation. Since 2013 she is Chief Editor of Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience.

Alain Destexhe


Alain Destexhe leads a research team in theoretical neuroscience at the interface with experimental neuroscience, at the “Neurosciences, Information and Complexity” reseach unit (UNIC) of Gif sur Yvette.  He is Research Director at CNRS since 2000 and participated to the creation of the UNIC, which mixes theory and experimental research teams.  Since 2014, he is also Director and scientific animator of the European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience ( in Paris.   He is author of 125 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 2 monographs, 7 books as co-Editor, and 42 book chapters.  He is also co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Computational Neuroscience since 2005, and is in the editorial board of 5 other journals including The Journal of Neuroscience.  He is also invited speaker in numerous international conferences and summer schools, and coordinates the theoretical neuroscience activities in the EU-funded Human Brain Project.  He was awarded several prizes, including the 2008 CNRS Medal for interdisciplinary work.

Stefano Panzeri


Stefano Panzeri received a Laurea in Physics from the University of Torino, and a PhD in Computational Neuroscience from SISSA, Trieste, Italy. He has held personal Research Fellowship awards in both theoretical physics and computational neuroscience, including an INFN junior Fellowship in Theoretical Physics at Turin University, an EU Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford, and an MRC Research Fellowship in Neuroinformatics at the University of Newcastle. Since 2002, he has been a Faculty member at the University of Manchester, where from 2007 he was promoted to a Readership. He serves as Deputy Chair of the UK Medical Research Council panel for fellowships in Bioinformatics and Neuroinformatics; as a member of the UK EPSRC Review College, and as an editor of the journal Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. His research lies at the interface between theory and experiment and aims at understanding the principles of cortical information processing by developing new quantitative data analysis techniques based on the principles of Information Theory and by developing computational models of neural network function. At IIT, he set up the the Laboratory of Brain Signals Analysis, which has the purpose to develop techniques to decode the information content of the brain recordings used to drive brain-machine interfaces.

Rubén Moreno-Bote


Dr. Rubén Moreno-Bote is one of the leading scientists in population coding and neuronal dynamics approaches to brain functions, with special emphasis on spiking neuronal networks. His theoretical and work investigating the dynamics of neuronal networks had an important impact on the emergent field of theoretical neuroscience, as witnessed by the high number of citations and numerous invitations to give lectures in the most important research institutes of America and Germany, such as the NIH and the Max Planck Institute. His work is published in highly prestigious research journals such as Physical Review Letters, Neuron and Nature Neuroscience. Recipient of a PhD Prize in Physics (2005) and a bachelor degree in Physics in 1999 by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, he was awarded a Ramon y Cajal Award in 2010 to become a scientific independent leader at the Foundation Sant Joan de Deu. Since 2015 he is a Serra Hunter Associate Professor at the University Pompeu Fabra.

Tommaso Fellin


Tommaso Fellin graduated in Physics at the University of Padova in 1998 studying enzyme kinetics with time-resolved spectroscopy. From 1998 to 2003, as a PhD student in the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences at University of Padova, he investigated the biophysical properties of voltage-gated calcium channels and the functional consequences of mutations in calcium channels linked to human neurological disorders. During his first postdoctoral training period (2003-2004), he integrated electrophysiological and imaging techniques to study neuron-glia communication in brain slices. In 2005 he moved to the Dept. of Neuroscience at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as a senior post doctoral researcher and continued his research on neuron-glia interaction. In 2008, he joined the department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) as a junior team leader. He is currently senior team leader at the IIT and recipient of the European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant NEURO-PATTERNS.

 Nicolas Brunel


Nicolas Brunel obtained a PhD in Physics from the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in 1993. He then moved to Universita di Roma La Sapienza as a post-doc where he pioneered the study of the dynamics of networks of spiking neurons.
He got a CNRS junior position in the Physics Department of Ecole Normale Superieure in 1995, before moving to Universite Paris Descartes in 2005. He moved in 2012 to the University of Chicago as a Full Professor in the Departments of Statistics and Neurobiology. His research has spanned multiple sub-fields of computational neuroscience, from single neuron modeling to the study of the mechanisms of learning and memory in neural circuits.

Rythm (Dreem) – Pierrick Arnal

Rythm (Dreem) is our SME partner.

Rythm is a neurotechnology startup seeking to merge the greatest in
neuroscience sleep research and advanced technologies into a consumer
product. Our fields of expertise encompass sleep research, mechanical
engineering, machine learning, electronic design, embedded systems and
calculations, testing, ergonomics, development of proprietary applications
and software, and much more.

Over the last 3 years, we developed a sleep-EEG monitoring device able to
send auditory closed-loop stimulations to increase the amplitude of slow
waves during deep sleep. We gathered thousands of data. For the SloW-Dyn
project, we analyzed more than 200 subjects (from 18 to 70 years old) to
characterize slow waves across ages. With these data, we are trying to
build models to understand the dynamics of slow waves with age with the
perspective to build more efficient algorithms of auditory stimulation in
older people.

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