We are pleased to annouce that Tristan Nakagawa has been awared a post-doctoral Kishimoto Fellowship to join our lab at IFReC - CiNet. He will joining us from Gustavo Deco's lab in Barcelona, where he studied how spatiotemporal network structure shapes the functional arhcitecture of spontaneous brain activity. He will work on neurodynamics of immune-brain interactions.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed and attended the first CiNet International Conference on Pain Neuroscience. Special thanks to our Keynote speaker Seiji Ogawa, and our organiser Keiko Yoshimoto. The event was a sell-out with over 160 attendees from Japan and around the world, and an amazing line up of speakers.
Details here: www.cinetpain.org
Thanks also to our sponsors:
- UK Consulate
- Osaka University
- Shimadzu Company
- Shionogi Company
We are pleased to have been awarded a 150m JPY grant to develop new collaborations between Japan, Cambridge and Princeton Universities. The focus of the research brain and immunological network modeling in chronic pain in humans and rodents, and optogenetic-fMRI.
We've just published a study showing that habenula BOLD responses correlate with aversive value in Pavlovian conditioning (modelled using reinforcement learning). We also show that these responses correlate with conditioned inhibition or excitation, which is a key functional role of pain.
Here's a link the article
Many thanks to all our contributors that put together this great Special Volume for Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience. A summary is available here.
Here's a list of the papers:
Barberini, C. L., Morrison, S. E., Saez, A., Lau, B., and Salzman, C. D. (2012). Complexity and competition in appetitive and aversive neural circuits. Front. Neurosci. 6:170. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2012.00170
Ilango, A., Shumake, J., Wetzel, W., Scheich, H., and Ohl, F. W. (2012). The role of dopamine in the context of aversive stimuli with particular reference to acoustically signaled avoidance learning. Front. Neurosci. 6:132. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2012.00132
Singh, V., and Khan, A. (2012). Decision making in the reward and punishment variants of the iowa gambling task: evidence of “foresight” or “framing”? Front. Neurosci. 6:107. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2012.00107