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Wings Global ScholarsThe WIN Global Scholars (WINGS) programme aims to build links between WIN and MRI researchers in the Global South. WIN Global Scholars will continue their research projects at their current institution, while being remotely affiliated with WIN for one year.

We are delighted to hold the WINGS Symposium 2023, where past and present scholars, and their supervisors, present their work and celebrate the programme.




10:00 Opening - Aurea Martins Bach

10:10-11:10 – WIN Global scholars’ research, Part 1

Moderator: Rick Lange

10:10 – Priyanka Gupta: Effects of saccadic eye movements on perception and memory

10:30 – Leila Nourbala: TMS ioFit: The Toolbox for Automated Estimation of Neural Recruitment Curves and Parameters Using Closed-Loop TMS           

10:50 – Eberechi WoguAssessment of Routine FSL Defacing on Low-field African Brain Data

11:10 – Maëva Michon: Functional connectivity underlying visual speech perception

11:30-12:00 – break

12:00-13:00 – Keynote speaker: Roberto Toro (WIN Wednesday)

Role of mechanical morphogenesis on brain development and evolution

13:00-13:40 – lunch break

13:40-14:20 – WIN Global scholars’ research, Part 2

Moderator: Marieke Martens

13:30 – Theo Ferreira: Neurofeedback as a tool to investigate brain plasticity

13:50 – Kamilla Souza: Working with Cetacean Brains in Brazil: The Brazilian Neurobiodiversity Network

14:20-15:00 – Round table discussion: Creating constructive and robust collaborations with MRI researchers in the Global South

Moderator: Saad Jbabdi

Supervisors of the WINGS’ scholars in their home countries:

  • Sridharan Devarajan, Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Francisco Aboitiz, School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Bruno Mota, Physics Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fernanda Tovar-Moll, D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mojtaba Zarei, Shahid Beheshti University, Institute of Medical Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran and Southern Denmark University, Denmark
  • Emeka Anthony Osunwoke, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Prof. Amadi Ihunwo, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria and University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SA

15:00 – 16:00 – Social & games

Organizers: Gaurav Bhalerao and Hossein Rafipoor