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CCD-KIT MEG Workshop

Macquarie University, Sydney, 4-6 December 2017


The ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) is hosting a three day CCD-KIT Workshop to showcase our national and international research collaborations on cognitive processing using magnetoencephalography (MEG). MEG is a technique for measuring and visualizing how the human brain processes sensations and perceptions, language, thoughts and emotions. It also allows us to study how these mental processes are disrupted when the brain fails to function normally. Importantly, MEG is a passive and non-intrusive. It measures brain activity with no adverse effects on the brain or the body, making it suitable for routine study of human brain function in children and in special patient populations.

The first two days of the CCD-KIT Workshop in December will include prominent international speakers, research talks, and a tribute to the memory of Professor Hisashi Kado, formerly the Director of the Applied Electronics Laboratory, Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT). The practical session on MEG data analysis on the third day will use Fieldtrip to analyse resting-state MEG data collected at Macquarie-KIT MEG lab. This session will consist of an introduction to beamformer source reconstruction lecture given by Dr. Arjan Hillebrand; followed by hands-on Fieldtrip tutorial in the afternoon. Both novice and experienced MEG researchers are welcome to attend.

Tribute to Professor Hisashi Kado

The KIT-Macquarie Brain Research Laboratory is one of the world’s most advanced laboratories for brain research, due in large part to a long standing research collaboration with KIT and with Professor Kado and his team. Professor Kado pioneered the 160-channel whole-head MEG system, which is now used internationally. The current Director of the Applied Electronics Laboratory at KIT, Professor Gen Uehara, and Professor Stephen Crain, Director of the CCD, will pay special tribute to the scientific contributions of Professor Hisashi Kado.

KIT-Macquarie Brain Research Laboratory

The KIT-Macquarie Brain Research Laboratory was established in 2006 when a conventional 160 channel adult MEG system was installed. This was the first whole-head MEG system in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2008 the world's first MEG system designed to measure cognitive processing in children was installed in the laboratory. In 2013 a custom-designed prototype Hearing MEG for adults and children with a Cochlear Implant was installed. Both the child MEG system and the Hearing MEG system are innovations in brain science that represent Professor Kado's legacy to the field.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Stephen Crain, Macquarie University
  • Professor Arjan Hillebrand, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Professor Klaus Kessler, Aston University, UK
  • Professor Mitsuru Kikuchi, Kanazawa University, Japan
  • Assistant Professor Jonathon Peelle, Washington University of St Louis, USA
  • Professor Liina Pylkkanen, New York University, USA
  • Professor Gen Uehara, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan


Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1 Lecture Theatre



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