Invited lectures

Santiago Constantino

Affiliation: Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. Montreal. Canada

Bio:  Santiago Costantino is an Associate Professor at the University of Montreal of the Departments of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering. He graduated from the Physics Department of the University of Buenos Aires, followed by a postdoctoral training at McGill University. His research focuses on the development of laser technologies and image processing methods for biomedical research, both for fundamental and clinical applications.


Physics OF the eye

Physics FOR the eye


Abstract: This short course will be focused on the visual system. The first lecture will be dedicated to understanding the physics and physiology of vision, from image formation in the eye to the molecular biology of light detection and processing. The second lecture will survey optical technologies applied to treatment and diagnosis of eye disease.


Ana Mincholé

Affiliation: University of Oxford. United Kingdom

Bio:  Ana Mincholé graduated in Physics from the University of Zaragoza, Spain in 2002, received the MSc degree from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and the PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Zaragoza. In 2012, she was awarded with a Marie Curie Intra-European fellowship for Career Development and joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford where she currently works as a senior researcher. Her current research interests are in understanding mechanisms and improving risk stratification in cardiac diseases using computer modeling and simulations, and biomedical signal analysis. She is currently working on high performance computing simulations of electrophysiology supported by cardiac MR images that allow the personalization of geometries as well as functional characteristics for each subject.


The electrical activity of the heart: from single cell to the electrocardiogram



Roberto Lins

Affiliation: Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães, FIOCRUZ. Brazil

Bio: He graduated in Biological Sciences and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) in Brazil. During his Ph.D. he was supervised by Profs. Ricardo Ferreira (UFPE) and J. Andrew McCammon (University of California, San Diego, USA). Since then he has occupied the following research positions: visiting assistant professor at University of Houston, USA, postdoctoral fellow at the ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne (Switzerland), senior research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA, professor of Chemistry at UFPE and presently he is a research scientist at Aggeu Magalhães Institute from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Brazil. His current research portfolio lies on the engineering of immunoreactive proteins and adhesive bio-inspired materials.


Principles of Protein Structure, Folding, Dynamics and Stability

  Engineering Protein Properties for Disease Detection and Prevention

Abstract: The classes will focus on the fundamental aspects of protein structure and function and how to rationally devise them. Showcases examples will include the design of a HIV-1 vaccine antigen, viral enzyme catalysis and protein adhesion to cardiac devices.


Jorge Armony

Affiliation: McGill University. Canada

Bio: Undergraduate degree in Physics from University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), M.Sc. in Physics and Ph.D. in Neural Science from New York University (USA), followed by postdoctoral training in Cognitive Neuroimaging at University College London (UK). Currently Professor in the Depts. of Psychiatry and Psychology, McGill University, Researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) in Montreal, Canada. His main research interest focuses on the processing of visual and auditory emotional information and its interactions with cognition in healthy individuals, as well as in psychiatric and neurological populations. To study this, he and his group use a variety of neuroimaging techniques (MRI, EEG, MEG and fNIRS)


From baryons to brains: Physical and physiological bases of neuroimaging techniques

  From brain to bedside: Applications of neuroimaging to health research and care

Abstract: In this course I will describe the physical principles used in different neuroimaging techniques to measure brain activity, as well as the underlying physiological processes being captured. I will also present a brief summary of the various approaches currently used to analyze the data, particularly for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Finally, applications, and limitations, of these techniques in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry research and clinical diagnosis will be discussed.