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Prof. Dr. Nikos Logothetis

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Nikos Logothetis

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Research in this laboratory concentrates on the neural mechanisms of perception and object recognition. Although our basic research revolves around vision, a number of independent collaborators are also investigating the relationship between neural activity and perception using other sensory modalities. I firmly believe that such scientific questions require a multimodal methodological approach that integrates information obtained from single units with that derived from mass action potentials as well as from a number of activity-related, surrogate signals such as those monitored during noninvasive experiments. Parallel to our ongoing research, therefore, we are also working to develop methodologies that will permit us to study neural networks in the context of behavioral paradigms. We have already designed and implemented two high-field magnetic resonance imaging systems for functional, anatomical and spectroscopic imaging. The systems are endowed with all the necessary hard- and software to conduct simultaneous imaging and recordings, and they are being used to study the function, connectivity, and neurochemistry of the non-human primate brain. Furthermore, while continuing to exploit traditional neuroimaging in our experiments, we are also investigating the relationship of neural activity to the MR-measurable hemodynamic responses and experimenting with methods that do not rely on hemodynamic responses at all. In the context of the last-named project, a group of synthetic and coordination chemists in my laboratory are attempting to synthesize and evaluate MR-detectable smart probes that change magnetic properties as a function of the concentration of ions and molecules involved in neural signaling. Smart contrast agents, if designed and tested appropriately, promise to revolutionize invasive neuroimaging and would represent a quantum leap forward in signal-to-noise ratio, spatial detail and specificity, while affording unprecedented temporal resolution.
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Nikos K. Logothetis is director of the department “Physiology of Cognitive Processes” at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPIK), in Tübingen, Germany. He received a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Athens, a B.S. in biology from the University of Thessaloniki, and his Ph.D. in human neurobiology from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. In 1985 he moved to the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department of M.I.T., where he initially worked as a postdoctoral fellow and later as Research Scientist. In 1990 he joined the faculty of the Division of Neuroscience at the Baylor College of Medicine. Seven years later he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics to continue his work on the physiological mechanisms underlying visual perception and object recognition.

In addition to visual cognition, his work at MPIC includes auditory perception and multisensory integration, as well as studies of plasticity and neuromodulation. Parallel to this ongoing research, a number of methods have been developed that permit the study of neural networks in the context of behavioral paradigms. Two high-field magnetic resonance imaging systems were designed and implemented for functional, anatomical and spectroscopic imaging. They permit simultaneous imaging and intracortical recordings and are being used to study the function, connectivity, and neurochemistry of the non-human primate brain, as well as the relationship of neural activity to the MR-measurable hemodynamic responses. Last but not least a group of synthetic and coordination chemists at MPIC are attempting to synthesize and evaluate MR-detectable smart probes that change magnetic properties as a function of the concentration of ions and molecules involved in neural signaling.

Since 1992 Nikos K. Logothetis has been Adjunct Professor of Neurobiology at the Salk Institute in San Diego, since 1995 Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Associate of the Neurosciences Institute, San Diego, Senior Visiting Fellow in University College, London, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems and of Cognitive and Neural Systems in the College of Arts and Sciences, both at the Boston University, Massachusetts, a  faculty member at the Victoria University of Manchester (VUM) in England, and Honorary Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Tübingen.

Nikos K. Logothetis has been or continues to be a member of the Advisory Boards of McGovern Institute, M.I.T.; Brain and Cognitive Sciences, M.I.T., USA; POSIT Science Corporation, San Francisco, USA; IGPS, Freiburg, Germany; Centre of Excellence in Systems Neuroscience of the Academy of Finland, Helsinki, Finland; Brain Imaging Center, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; ICM-ADREC, Paris, France; Brain Center of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, and in the Advisory Board of the Brain Research Center of the Weizmann Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.  He served as Receiving Editor for the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN), Associate Editor for Trends in Cognitive Sciences (TICS), Neuron, Current Biology, Current Opinion Neurobiology, and is a regular reviewer for Nature, Nature Neuroscience, J Neuroscience, PNAS, Cerebral Cortex, Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Journal of Neurophysiology, Experimental Brain Research, and Vision Research. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, European Neuroscience Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, New York Academy of Sciences, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, American Mathematical Society, International Neuropsychological Society, and Mathematical Association of America.

Nikos K. Logothetis is member of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina, of the Rodin Remediation Academy, Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. He is recipient of the DeBakey Award for Excellence in Science, the Golden Brain Award of the Minerva Foundation, the 2003 Louis-Jeantet Prize of Medicine, the 2004 Zülch-Price for Neuroscience, the 2007 IPSEN Prize for Neuronal Plasticity, and the 2008 Alden Spencer Award of Columbia University, New York.

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Valverde Salzmann MF, Wallace DJ, Logothetis NK and Schüz A (September-2011) Multimodal vessel mapping for precise large area alignment of functional optical imaging data to neuroanatomical preparations in marmosets Journal of Neuroscience Methods 201(1) 159-172.
Bartels A, Vazquez-Zuniga Y, Schindler A and Logothetis NK (August-2011) Rivalry between afterimages and real images: the influence of the percept and the eye Journal of Vision 11(9:7) 1-13.
Perrodin C, Kayser C, Logothetis NK and Petkov C (August-2011) Voice Cells in the Primate Temporal Lobe Current Biology 21(16) 1408-1415.
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Liebe S, Logothetis NK and Rainer G (July-2011) Dissociable Effects of Natural Image Structure and Color on LFP and Spiking Activity in the Lateral Prefrontal Cortex and Extrastriate Visual Area V4 Journal of Neuroscience 31(28) 10215-10227.
Henig J, Mamedov I, Fousková P, Toth E, Logothetis NK, Angelovski G and Meyer HA (July-2011) Influence of Calcium-Induced Aggregation on the Sensitivity of Aminobis(methylenephosphonate)-Containing Potential MRI Contrast Agents Inorganic Chemistry 50(14) 6472–6481.
Mamdedov I, Logothetis NK and Angelovski G (July-2011) Structure-related variable responses of calcium sensitive MRI probes Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 9(16) 5816-5824.
Mazzoni A, Brunel N, Cavallari S, Logothetis NK and Panzeri S (June-2011) Cortical dynamics during naturalistic sensory stimulations: Experiments and models Journal of Physiology - Paris 105(1-3) 2–15.
Sigala R, Logothetis NK and Rainer G (June-2011) Own-species bias in the representations of monkey and human face categories in the primate temporal lobe Journal of Neurophysiology 105(6) 2740-2752.
Kadjane P, Logothetis NK and Angelovski G (April-2011) A straightforward and convenient pathway for the synthesis of functional bismacrocyclic ligands Tetrahedron Letters 52(14) 1619-1622.
Ku SP, Tolias AS, Logothetis NK and Goense J (April-2011) fMRI of the Face-Processing Network in the Ventral Temporal Lobe of Awake and Anesthetized Macaques Neuron 70(2) 352-362.
Angelovski G, Chauvin T, Pohmann R, Logothetis NK and Toth E (February-2011) Calcium-responsive paramagnetic CEST agents Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry 19(3) 1097-1105.
Mishra A, Logothetis NK and Parker D (February-2011) Critical In Vitro Evaluation of Responsive MRI Contrast Agents for Calcium and Zinc Chemistry: A European Journal 17(5) 1529-1537.
Rasch MJ, Schuch K, Logothertis NK and Maass W (February-2011) Statistical Comparison of Spike Responses to Natural Stimuli in Monkey Area V1 With Simulated Responses of a Detailed Laminar Network Model for a Patch of V1 Journal of Neurophysiology 105(2) 757-778.
Itturia-Medina Y, Fernandez AP, Morris DM, Canales-Rodriguez EJ, Haroon HA, Penton LG, Augath M, Garcia LG, Logothetis NK, Parker GJM and Melie-Garcia L (January-2011) Brain Hemispheric Structural Efficiency and Interconnectivity Rightward Asymmetry in Human and Nonhuman Primates Cerebral Cortex 21(1) 56-67.
Keller AL, Schüz A, Logothetis NK and Weber B (January-2011) Vascularization of Cytochrome Oxidase-Rich Blobs in the Primary Visual Cortex of Squirrel and Macaque Monkeys Journal of Neuroscience 31(4) 1246-1253.
Besserve M, Schölkopf B, Logothetis NK and Panzeri S (December-2010) Causal relationships between frequency bands of extracellular signals in visual cortex revealed by an information theoretic analysis Journal of Computational Neuroscience 29(3) 547-566.
Zaretskaya N, Thielscher A, Logothetis NK and Bartels A (December-2010) Disrupting Parietal Function Prolongs Dominance Durations in Binocular Rivalry Current Biology 20(23) 2106-2111.
Mamedov I, Canals S, Henig J, Beyerlein M, Murayama Y, Mayer HA, Logothetis NK and Angelovski G (December-2010) In Vivo Characterization of a Smart MRI Agent That Displays an Inverse Response to Calcium Concentration ACS Chemical Neuroscience 1(12) 819-828.
Belitski A, Panzeri S, Magri C, Logothetis NK and Kayser C (December-2010) Sensory information in local field potentials and spikes from visual and auditory cortices: time scales and frequency bands Journal of Computational Neuroscience 29(3) 533-545.
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Logothetis NK (November-2010) Bold claims for optogenetics Nature 468(7323) E3-E4.
Berens P, Logothetis NK and Tolias AS (November-2010) Local field potentials, BOLD and spiking activity: Relationships and physiological mechanisms Nature Precedings 2010 1-27.
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Eschenko O, Canals S, Simanova I and Logothetis NK (October-2010) Behavioral, electrophysiological and histopathological consequences of systemic manganese administration in MEMRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging 28(8) 1165-1174.
Bartels A and Logothetis NK (October-2010) Binocular rivalry: A time dependence of eye and stimulus contributions Journal of Vision 10(12:3) 1-14.
Lippert MT, Steudel T, Ohl F, Logothetis NK and Kayser C (October-2010) Coupling of neural activity and fMRI-BOLD in the motion area MT Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 28(8) 1087-1094.
Sultan F, Hamodeh S, Murayama Y, Saleem KS and Logothetis NK (October-2010) Flat map areal topography in Macaca mulatta based on combined MRI and histology Magnetic Resonance Imaging 28(8) 1159-1164.
Goense J, Logothetis NK and Merkle H (October-2010) Flexible, phase-matched, linear receive arrays for high-field MRI in monkeys Magnetic Resonance Imaging 28(8) 1183-1191.
Stoewer S, Ku S-P, Goense J, Steudel T, Logothetis NK, Duncan J and Sigala N (October-2010) Frontoparietal activity with minimal decision and control in the awake Macaque at 7T Magnetic Resonance Imaging 28(8) 1120-1128.
Whittingstall K, Bartels A, Singh V, Kwon S and Logothetis NK (October-2010) Integration of EEG source imaging and fMRI during continuous viewing of natural movies Magnetic Resonance Imaging 28(8) 1135-1142.
Murayama Y, Biessmann F, Meinecke FC, Müller K-R, Augath M, Oeltermann A and Logothetis NK (October-2010) Relationship between neural and hemodynamic signals during spontaneous activity studied with temporal kernel CCA Magnetic Resonance Imaging 28(8) 1095-1103.
Lüdtke N, Logothetis NK and Panzeri S (October-2010) Testing methodologies for the nonlinear analysis of causal relationships in neurovascular coupling Magnetic Resonance Imaging 28(8) 1113-1119.
Logothetis NK, Augath M, Murayama Y, Rauch A, Sultan F, Goense J, Oeltermann A and Merkle H (October-2010) The effects of electrical microstimulation on cortical signal propagation Nature Neuroscience 13(10) 1283-1291.
Dahl CD, Logothetis NK, Bülthoff HH and Wallraven C (October-2010) The Thatcher illusion in humans and monkeys Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 277(1696) 2973-2981.
Kayser C, Logothetis NK and Panzeri S (September-2010) Millisecond encoding precision of auditory cortex neurons Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107(39) 16976-16981.
Keliris GA, Logothetis NK and Tolias AS (September-2010) The Role of the Primary Visual Cortex in Perceptual Suppression of Salient Visual Stimuli Journal of Neuroscience 30(37) 12353-12365.
Mazzoni A, Whittingstall K, Brunel N, Logothetis NK and Panzeri S (September-2010) Understanding the relationships between spike rate and delta/gamma frequency bands of LFPs and EEGs using a local cortical network model NeuroImage 52(3) 956-972.
Remedios R, Logothetis NK and Kayser C (September-2010) Unimodal responses prevail within the multisensory claustrum Journal of Neuroscience 30(39) 12902-12907.
Seymour K, Clifford CWG, Logothetis NK and Bartels A (August-2010) Coding and Binding of Color and Form in Visual Cortex Cerebral Cortex 20(8) 1946-1954.
Logothetis NK (June-2010) Neurovascular uncoupling: much ado about nothing Frontiers in Neuroenergetics 2(2) 1-4.
Hoerzer GM, Liebe S, Schloegl A, Logothetis NK and Rainer G (May-2010) Directed coupling in local field potentials of macaque V4 during visual short-term memory revealed by multivariate autoregressive models Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 4(14) 1-13.
Mamedov I, Parac-Vogt TN, Logothetis NK and Angelovski G (May-2010) Synthesis and characterization of dinuclear heterometallic lanthanide complexes exhibiting MRI and luminescence response Dalton Transactions 39(24) 5721-5727.
Biessmann F, Meinecke FC, Gretton A, Rauch A, Rainer G, Logothetis NK and Müller K-R (May-2010) Temporal Kernel CCA and its Application in Multimodal Neuronal Data Analysis Machine Learning 79(1-2) 5-27.
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Dahl CD, Logothetis NK and Kayser C (April-2010) Modulation of visual responses in the superior temporal sulcus by audio-visual congruency Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 4(10) 1-8.
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Goense JBM, Whittingstall K and Logothetis NK (March-2010) Functional magnetic resonance imaging of awake behaving macaques Methods 50(3) 178-188.
Panzeri S, Brunel N, Logothetis NK and Kayser C (March-2010) Sensory neural codes using multiplexed temporal scales Trends in Neurosciences 33(3) 111-120.
Mishra A, Dhingra K, Schüz A, Logothetis NK and Canals S (February-2010) Improved neuronal tract-tracing with stable biocytin-derived neuroimaging agents ACS Chemical Neuroscience 1(2) 129-138.
Eschenko O, Canals S, Simanova I, Beyerlein M, Murayama Y and Logothetis NK (February-2010) Mapping of functional brain activity in freely behaving rats during voluntary running using manganese-enhanced MRI: Implication for longitudinal studies Neuroimage 49(3) 2544-2555.
Yesilyurt B, Whittingstall K, Ugurbil K, Logothetis NK and Uludag K (February-2010) Relationship of the BOLD signal with VEP for ultrashort duration visual stimuli (0.1 to 5 ms) in humans Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism 30(2) 449-458.
Ecker AS, Berens P, Keliris GA, Bethge M, Logothetis NK and Tolias AS (January-2010) Decorrelated Neuronal Firing in Cortical Microcircuits Science 327(5965) 584-587.
Kayser C, Logothetis NK and Panzeri S (January-2010) Visual enhancement of the information representation in auditory cortex Current Biology 20(1) 19-24.
Bondar IV, Leopold DA, Richmond BJ, Victor JD and Logothetis NK (December-2009) Long-Term Stability of Visual Pattern Selective Responses of Monkey Temporal Lobe Neurons PLoS One 4(12) 1-10.
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