Agustín Ibáñez has research projects in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology and neurodegeneration and over 100 ISI publications in the last 5 years, including published works in top-ten journals on neuroscience (e.g., Nature Reviews Neurology, World Psychiatry, Neurology, JAMA Neurology, Brain, Journal of Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Philosophical Transactions B, SCAN). After his PhD, Dr Ibáñez specialized in electrophysiology at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (Germany), and did postdoctoral studies in neuroscience at the Neuroscience Center of Cuba and at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). He currently is the Director of the Institute of Translational and Cognitive Neuroscience (INCyT, Argentina); independent researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET, Argentina); researcher of the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (Chile); and Associate Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD, Australia). Since 2009, he has directed, co-directed, and evaluated more than 25 master, PhD and postdoctoral research projects. He has received prestigious international awards and grants, and he also has established international collaborations with centers of excellence such as the University of Heidelberg (Germany), the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), and the Universities of New York, Caltech, Chicago, and Wisconsin (USA), among others. His intense work has helped South American translational social neuroscience, by establishing a framework to engage basic scientists in translational science through internships, workshops, Masters and PhD programs; organizing educational activities for the medical community, focusing on cognitive neuroscience for general neurologists, biologist, psychologists, other health professionals, and fellows in neurology and other medical specialties; and developing an active, multi-institutional agenda to raise public awareness of social neuroscience in South America. He has proposed the so-called Social-Context Network Model (a fronto-temporo-insular brain network engaged in contextual modulation on different social cognition domains). Dr Ibáñez has previously applied this model to the study of the frontotemporal dementia, as well as other neuropsychiatric conditions (autism developmental disorders, other neurodegenerative conditions, schizophrenia). He has proposed the study of specific brain networks in frontotemporal dementia and Parkinson's disease; performed different studies in neurodegenerative diseases (AD, FTD, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, among others); combined EEG, imaging, and behavioral assessment in early degeneration; produced several studies with behavioral and brain activation measures (hdEEG and fMRI) as well as brain connectivity tools in several neuropsychiatric conditions.
Lucas Sedeño obtained his Major in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires in 2010. He is Ph.D in Medical Sciences at Favaloro University. In 2011, he started working at the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience (LPEN), within the Institute of Translational and Cognitive Neuroscience (INCyT), INECO Foundation, Favaloro University, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since then, he has developed experimental research related to social cognition, interoception, and embodied cognition in patients with neurological (due to stroke and neurodegeneration), cardiac, and anxiety disorders. In 2012 he obtained a scholarship from CONICET for the project "Fronto-temporo-insular networks and contextual cues in social cognition: a lesion study". The aim of this project is to explore the role of fronto-temporo and insular regions in integrating contextual cues, focusing on their functional connectivity. In recent years, his research has focused on the analysis of neuroimaging data (both structural and functional) to characterize neurological diseases. In this context, in 2015, he obtained a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a three-month internship in the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). During this period, he received training in voxel-based morphometry (VBM), cortical-thickness analysis, and tract-based spatial statistics for diffusion imaging (DTI). Since 2015 he is the General Director of the LPEN. His publications have appeared in leading journals, such as Stroke, Cortex, Scientific Reports, Neuroimage, SCAN, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, PLOS ONE, and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.