Prof.Birbaumer is Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at the Medical Faculty of the University of Tuebingen, Germany and Research Professor at Ospedale San Camillo, Venice ,Italy . His research interest encompass Brain Plasticity, Brain-Machine-Interfaces in Epilepsy, LOcked-in-Syndrome, Chronic Stroke and neuropsychiatric disorders. He is author of more than 700 scientific publications and 11 books (H-Index 102), Member of the National Academy of Science, Germany and honorary doctor of Complutense University, Madrid, Jena University, Germany and Salzburg University, Austria.
Leena Subramanian has a background in clinical psychology and neurofeedback research in Parkinson's disease and works on the development of new neurofeedback-based intervention designs. She is also the data manager for BRAINTRAIN in the Cardiff team.
Nikolaus Weiskopf, principal investigator in work package 2 of BRAINTRAIN, is physicist and neuroscientist developing novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods for understanding of the human brain. He is Head of Physics at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at the University College London. He graduated with a PhD from the International Max Planck Research School and Graduate School of Neural and Behavioural Sciences, University of Tübingen, Germany.
Nikolaus Weiskopf is a pioneer of real-time functional MRI used for neurofeedback. He introduced concepts such as continuous online feedback, differential self-regulation and new acquisition methods such as real-time distortion correction. He and his team develop novel MRI pulse sequences, image reconstruction methods and post-processing methods that will enable and extend the neurofeedback approach applied in the BRAINTRAIN project.
Niklas Ihssen is a researcher of the BRAINTRAIN project at Cardiff University, developing and validating fMRI neurofeedback in the field of addiction and motivation. He has a background in affective and social neuroscience and obtained his PhD (summa cum laude) at the University of Konstanz, Germany, where he studied the electrophysiological and behavioural dynamics of emotional stimulus perception. During his work as a researcher at the Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Bangor University, he used brain imaging techniques to study a range of cognitive and motivational processes. Among other findings, he demonstrated that maladaptive brain activation patterns in response to visual motivational cues are already present in subclinical heavy drinkers. For further information and publications, see:
Jennifer Lau is the partner from KCL where she is Reader in Developmental Psychopathology. Her interests lie in understanding how genetic, environmental and cognitive factors interact to adaptive and maladaptive emotional outcomes during development. Jennifer completed her doctorate at the Social Genetic and Developmental Research Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry. She has worked at the National Institute of Mental Health and at the University of Oxford before returning back to the Institute of Psychiatry at KCL last year. She remains founding director of the Researching Emotional Disorders and Development lab at Oxford and KCL.