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Prof. Dr. Nikos Logothetis

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Nikos Logothetis

Position: Director  Unit: Logothetis

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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Logothetis NK (July-2004): Seeing and perceiving: phenomenology & physiological mechanisms, 4th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS 2004), Lisboa, Portugal(A143.1).
Juchem C, Merkle H, Logothetis NK and Pfeuffer J (May-17-2004) Abstract Talk: In vivo CSI of glutamate in the monkey brain, 12th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM 2004), Kyoto, Japan(32) 8.
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Sultan F and Logothetis NK (February-2004) Abstract Talk: Mapping Visually Activated Cerebellar Regions in Anaesthetised Monkeys with fMRI, 7th Tübingen Perception Conference (TWK 2004), Tübingen, Germany 21.
Logothetis NK (January-12-2004) Invited Lecture: fMRI of the monkey brain: Imaging, physiology and connectivity studies, NYU Neuroscience Colloquia, Spring 2004, New York, NY, USA.
Ghazanfar A, Darwin C and Logothetis NK (November-7-2003) Abstract Talk: Neural correlates of individual recognition by voice in rhesus monkeys, Tucker-Davis Symposium on Advances and Perspectives in Auditory Neurophysiology (APAN I), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Wade AR, Brewer AA, Logothetis NK and Wandell BA (November-2003) Abstract Talk: Color responses in human and macaque, 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2003), New Orleans, LA, USA(439.9).
Logothetis NK (November-2003) Abstract Talk: Neural mass actions studied with electrophysiology and functional magnetic resonance imaging, 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2003), New Orleans, LA, USA(120).
Logothetis NK (September-2003) Abstract Talk: Seeing and perceiving: Phenomenology and physiological mechanisms, 26th European Conference on Visual Perception, Paris, France, Perception, 32(ECVP Abstract Supplement) 32.
Shmuel A, Augath MA, Oeltermann A, Pauls J and Logothetis NK (July-13-2003) Abstract Talk: The Negative BOLD Response in Monkey V1 is Associated with Decreases in Neuronal Activity, 11th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM 2003), Toronto, Canada(211) 51.
Leopold DA, Bondar I and Logothetis NK (June-2003) Abstract Talk: Aftereffects with faces: Evidence for prototype referenced encoding of identity, 5th Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, 29th Göttingen Neurobiology Conference, Göttingen, Germany 124.
Brewer AA, Wade AR, Logothetis NK and Wandell BA (November-2002) Abstract Talk: Is V4 Dorsal Alive and Well in Human Ventral Cortex?, 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2002), Orlando, FL, USA(721.8).
Sereno MA, Augath M, Trinath T and Logothetis NK (November-2001) Abstract Talk: A network of areas for 3-D shape processing in the anesthetized monkey, 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2001), San Diego, CA, USA(122.4).
Sigala N and Logothetis NK (November-2001) Abstract Talk: Effects of categorization training on the neuronal representation of visual stimuli, 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2001), San Diego, CA, USA(122.8).
Tolias AS, Siapas AG, Smirnakis SM and Logothetis NK (November-2001) Abstract Talk: Studying networks of neurons: recordings with multiple, adjustable, chronically-implanted tetrodes in the awake macaque, 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2001), San Diego, CA, USA(123.5).
Logothetis NK (June-21-1998) Invited Lecture: Neural mechanisms underlying bistable perception, 2nd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC 1998), Bremen, Germany.
Logothetis NK (October-1997) Invited Lecture: Neural mechanisms of perceptual organization, Conference on Vision for Reach and Grasp, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Logothetis NK and Schall JD (September-1989) Abstract Talk: Neuronal Correlates of Motion Perception in the Superior Temporal Sulcus of Monkey During Binocular Rivalry, Twelfth European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 1989), Zichron Yaakov, Israel, Perception, 18(4) 513.
Besserve M, Schölkopf B, Logothetis NK and Panzeri S (December-11-11) Abstract Talk: Causality analysis in information flow from cortical time series, NIPS 2011 Satellite Meeting on Causal Graphs: Linking Brain Structure to Function, Granada, Spain.
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