Brainhack Diversity. Inter-individual variability in cognitive and clinical neuroscience: signal or noise?

Brainhack Global “in Padova” 2020

Title: Brainhack Diversity. Inter-individual variability in cognitive and clinical neuroscience: signal or noise?

When: December 14th to 16th, 2020
Where: the internet, wherever it lies

Organizers: Patrizia Bisiacchi, Giorgia Cona, Davide Poggiali, Antonino Vallesi.

 Brainhack events bring together brain enthusiasts from a variety of backgrounds to build relationships, learn from one another, and collaborate on projects related to the neurosciences [1].
Participants can bring their own dataset, propose a project, and recruit a team of collaborators on site. Access to open online databases of MRI images will be also available during the three days, for new creative ideas to be tested.
This workshop integrates all levels of expertise and is also an opportunity to learn methods, develop skills, and collaborate with other participants in an international and multidisciplinary environment.


Registration is free but mandatory.
All the links for participating the venue will be given privately via mail to the registered participants only.

Limited seats available, so don’t hesitate to register! The current maximum number of participants is 90.

Edit: Registrations are now closed!

You can email us at brainhackpd<at>gmail<dot>com for any information, or to propose a project for a working group.

Streaming channel for the whole common portions (talks and group reports)

Confirmed speakers

(by speaker’s surname)
  • Maurizio Corbetta
  • Stephanie Forkel
  • Emma Karoune
  • Daniel Margulies
  • Emiliano Santarnecchi
  • Cristina Scarpazza
  • Michel Thiebaut de Schotten
  • Sebastian Urchs

Proposed working groups

(by proponent’s surname)

Propose your own!

  • Mohammad Hadi Aarabi, Benedetta Mariani, Andrea Buccellato and Valentina Meregalli:  Association of Microstructural white matter and personality traits based on Human connectome project dataset
  • Patrick Friedrich: Phenotypes in brain anatomy: Asymmetries of the motor cortex 
  • Umberto Granziol: Human connectome project dataset analysis
  • Marco Marino: Heart-brain interactions: does cardiac activity affect large-scale brain networks?
  • Arianna Menardi: Interindividual difference analysis: are graph properties enough to explain behavior?
  • Lorenzo Pini, The association between interindividual variability in atrophy and connectivity in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cristina Scarpazza Enrico Toffalini and Massimo Grassi: PRICANS: Preferred Reporting Items for Cognitive and NeuroPsychological Studies.
  • Nicolò Trevisan: Brain morphometry in chess players: what do you need to be a grandmaster?

Schedule (draft)

Timetable is in CET (UTC+1)

Day 1: Monday, December 14, 2020

  • 10:00-10:30 Introduction to brainhack
  • 10:30-11:30 Ignite talks
    • Daniel Margulies Exploring cortical gradients across individuals 
    • Emma Karoune Reproducibility and collaborative working.
  • 11:30-12:30 Project pitches
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30-16:00 Team organization & open hacking
  • 16:00-17:00 Ignite talks:
    • Cristina Scarpazza Psychopathology or normal variant in neuroanatomy? The interpretation of neuroimaging findings at the level of the single individual. Proposed guidelines.
    • Stephanie Forkel, variability maps in human and monkeys and its relationship to evolution.

Day 2: Tuesday, December 15, 2020

  • 10:00-10:30 Quick Project report: need for help? 
  • 10:30-12:30 Open hacking
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30-15:30 Open hacking
  • 15:30-16:30 Ignite talks:
    • Emiliano Santarnecchi, Cognitive Fingerprinting and the Human Brain: Opportunities and Challenges
    • Sebastian Urchs, Plotly Express & Dash

Social event: game night!

  • 18:00-18:15 Virtual, async concert by Dr Marianna Kapsetaki
  • 18:15 – 18:30 explaining the games and teams organization (4 by 4)
  • 18:30 – ??  passionate online gaming

Day 3: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

  • 10:00-10:30 Ignite talks:
    • Michel Thiebaut de Schotten, Is a Single Brain sufficient?
  • 10:30-12:30 Open hacking
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30-15:00 Open hacking
  • 15-00:16:00 Project wrap-ups + conclusion
  • 16:00-16:30 Ignite talks
    • Maurizio Corbetta The secret life of predictive brains: what’s spontaneous activity for?
  • 17:00-17:30 Fare thee well and conclusions

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