Who we are

On March 7-8, 2008, cognitive and imaging neuroscientists from the Americas held a workshop in Havana, Cuba, to launch the Latin American Brain Mapping Network (LABMAN), currently an official Chapter of the International Organization for Human Brain Mapping established (OHBM) in 1993.

In general, neuroscience and neuroimaging research in Latin America is hindered by a lack of critical mass within any single country. The LABMAN initiative is intended to formalize disparate collaborative threads into a Latin American network through the training of students and postdocs, exchange of software, data, personnel, and ideas through a coordinated network, both organizational and electronic. By organizing these communities at a supra-national level, LABMAN seeks to nurture brain mapping research at the national level, acting as a catalyst for national programs. Since its creation, the community has grown steadily fast, but the Latin American region still has challenges to realize its full potential in human neuroscience. We are inviting research groups and individuals in Latin America not represented currently to join LABMAN.

Current LABMAN Board

Valeria Della-Maggiore (Chair)

IFIBIO Houssay, Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires.

Maria Antonieta Bobes (Chair Elect)

Centro de Neurociencias de Cuba, Cuba.

Erika Proal (Secretary)

Neuroingenia, México, D. F., México.

Luis Concha (Secretary Elect)

Maria de Iglesia Vayá (Treasurer)

Maria Luisa Bringas (Treasurer)

Past Chairs

Pedro Antonio Valdes-Sosa (Chair 2008-2011)

Cuban Neuroscience Center, Havana, Cuba.

Edson Amaro Jr (Chair 2012-2015)

University of São Paulo/Hospital Albert Einstein, São Paulo, Brazil


Short-term Training Program

One of LABMAN’s main objectives is to train personnel in the field of human brain mapping. Here you will find calls for fellowships, job opportunities, information about courses and short-term training in state-of-the-art laboratories abroad.

Short-term training program in state-of-the-art laboratories

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Athena Team – INRIA – France

Host: Demian Wassermann
Expertise: Diffusion MRI; M/EEG; Brain-Computer Interaction.

Lines of research: Methodological research in Diffusion MRI and M/EEG, Brain-Computer Interaction

Methodology Used: Mathematical modeling, neuroanatomy, machine learning, tractography, structural connectivity, white matter microstructure analyses through diffusion MRI, inverse and forward problem solving in M/EEG

Equipment available: EEG within a faraday-isolated chamber. Close collaboration with nearby Hospitals including 3T MRI and participation in awake-brain surgery.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Methods Group – University of Trento – Italy

Host: Jorge Jovicich
Expertise: Physics applied to MRI neuroimaging

Lines of research: Optimization of acquisition and analyses strategies brain structural and functional MRI; Harmonization of multicentric longitudinal MRI studies; applications to study diagnosis & prognosis in neurodegenerative diseases

Methodology Used: Physics applied to MRI neuroimaging

Equipment available: 4T Medspec MRI scanner (Bruker); Access to clinical MRI data from research collaborations (e.g., Pharmacog)

Training makes sense as part of a collaborative project leading to publications or grant applications.

Excellent English skills.

Background compatible with the project in question and time available training. To be discussed on a case by case basis, potentially with the need of specific training performed prior to the stage

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Centre for Systems Neuroscience – University of Leicester – UK

Host: Rodrigo Quian Quiroga
Expertise: Electrophysiology, single cell recordings in animals and humans, 2-photon imaging, data processing

Lines of research: Perception and memory.
Methodology Used: EEG, Eye-tracker, Robot arm, in vitro and in vivo 2 photon imaging, mice virtual reality setup, animal electrophysiology, contact with hospitals performing single cell recordings in humans.
Equipment available: All of the above
Programing and data processing skills (particularly in matlab).
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Human Cortical Physiology and Neurorehabilitation Section – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke NIH – USA

Host: Leonardo G Cohen, MD
Expertise: Physics applied to MRI neuroimaging

Lines of research: The goal of our activity is to understand the mechanisms underlying plastic changes in the human central nervous system (CNS) and to develop novel therapeutic approaches for recovery of function based on these advances.

Methodology Used: TMS, tDCS, MRI, MEG,

Equipment available: TMS, tDCS, MRI, MEG,

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Multimodal Neuroimaging Lab – Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research – USA

Host: Dr. Martinez, A.
Expertise: In this lab we use behavioral, physiological and circuit/cell level approaches for the assessment of various aspects of visual processing function in schizophrenia and, more recently, in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Lines of research: Spatio-temporal dynamics of visual processing impairments in schizophrenia in relation to higher-order cognitive deficits such as attention and social cognition.

Methodology Used: Methodologies including event-related potentials (ERP) and spectral perturbations (ERSP), task-based (fMRI) and resting state (rsfMRI) are combined in order to obtain information about both the time-course and neural underpinnings of visual and cognitive processes

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LION Lab – Université de Montréal, Sainte-Justine University Hospital – Canada

Website under construction
Host: Anne Gallagher
Expertise: Pediatric neuroimaging, Child neuropsychology, Language functions and networks, Epilepsy, Congenital heart disease, Prematurity.

Lines of research: Neurodevelopment in healthy children and clinical populations, Brain maturation, Language

Methodology Used: Pediatric neuroimaging, Task-based and resting-state paradigms, Developmental and neuropsychological assessments

Equipment available: Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), Electrophysiology (EEG), Stereotaxic system

Ph.D. in a relevant field to the Lab expertise (e.g. Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Biomedical sciences)
Experience with: Brain imaging; Functional brain connectivity analyses; MatLab and Pediatric research (not necessary, but an asset)

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PICNIC LAB – Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Ëpinière – France

Host: Jacobo Sitt
Expertise: Behavior and neuroimaging with non-human primates, normal and impaired human subjects

Lines of research: Language; Cognition; Attention; Consciousness
Methodology Used: Resting state and ERPs with M/EEG and fMRI; DTI; Brain stimulation using tES
Equipment available: EEG, fMRI, MEG, tES
Coding skills are required
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Garza Lab – Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatria “Ramon de la Fuente Muñiz” – Mexico

Host: Eduardo A. Garza-Villarreal
Expertise: Neuroimaging studies in clinical populations and settings.

Lines of research: Substance Addiction. Music Cognition

Methodology Used: Neuroimaging structural and functional connectivity; Computational Neuroanatomy
Equipment available: MRI 3T Phillips Ingenia; rTMS MagVenture

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CIBORG – University of Southern California – USA

Host: Natasha Lepore
Expertise: post-processing methods and analyses for brain MRI

Lines of research: Brain MRI
Methodology Used: Varied
Equipment available: 3T and 1.5T MRI scanners, computers
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Brain Connectivity Laboratory – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – Mexico

Host: Luis Concha
Expertise: Diffusion MRI, fMRI, rodent MRI.

Lines of research: White matter abnormalities in Epilepsy, Parkinson, and other neurological disorders. Microstructural correlates of abnormal diffusion patterns in white matter using animal models. Function of secondary auditory cortices (fMRI).
Methodology Used: Mathematical models of diffusion (DTI, CSD, CHARMED, etc); General linear model; Independent component analysis of resting-state fMRI; Cortical thickness analysis (freesurfer, Civet, etc); Fsl, SPM, mrtrix, matlab, bash.
Equipment available: 3T Philips Achieva TX; 3T General Electric Discovery MR750; 7T Bruker Pharmascan with upgraded gradients (720 mT/m).

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Rosenblatt lab for theory of data science – Ben Gurion University of the Negev – Israel

Host: Jonathan Rosenblatt
Expertise: Statistics; machine learning

Lines of research: Statistical methodology for imaging.
Familiarity with some analysis suite. Slight preference for SPM.
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Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab – McGill University – Canada

Host: Robert J Zatorre
Expertise: Cognitive Neuroscience; Experimental design; Neuroimaging

Lines of research: Auditory cortex organization and structure; Pitch perception; Music perception and memory; Music-evoked emotion/reward; Sensory-motor integration in music performance; Speech perception; Expertise/Training/Plasticity; Cross-modal reorganization; Auditory spatial processing; Functional and structuralneuroimaging
Methodology Used: Functional and structural imaging; psychophysics; cognitive tasks; brain stimulation
Equipment available: 3T MRI; MEG; EEG; TMS; tDCS; eye-tracking; MR-compatible musical instruments; Psychoacoustics; Psychophysiology; Anechoic room; 3D 84-channel auditory spatial array; motion capture.
Basic knowledge of any of: Cognition; Psychoacoustics; Reward processes; Analytical tools for neuroimaging