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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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Perrodin C, Kayser C, Logothetis NK and Petkov CI (November-8-2013): Visual modulation of neurons in voice‐sensitive auditory cortex and the superior‐temporal sulcus, Tucker‐Davis Technologies Symposium on Advances and Perspectives in Auditory Neurophysiology (APAN 2013), San Diego, CA, USA.
Gündüz S, Power A, Logothetis NK and Angelovski G (September-3-2013): Synthesis of High Affinity Contrast Agents for Targeted MR Neuroimaging, COST TD1004 Action: Theranostics Imaging and Therapy: An Action to Develop Novel Nanosized Systems for Imaging: Guided Drug Delivery, Athens, Greece.
Safavi S, Panagiotaropoulos T, Kapoor V, Logothetis NK and Besserve M (September-2013): Analyzing locking of spikes to spatio-temporal patterns in the macaque prefrontal cortex, Bernstein Conference 2013, Tübingen, Germany.
Bahmani H, Logothetis NK and Keliris GA (September-2013): Effects of binocular flash suppression in awake and anesthetized macaque, Bernstein Conference 2013, Tübingen, Germany.
Li Q, Logothetis NK and Keliris GA (September-2013): Parallel processes may underly pattern motion perception, Bernstein Conference 2013, Tübingen, Germany.
van Keulen S, Logothetis NK and Eschenko O (September-2013): Suppression of noradrenergic and dopaminergic neurotransmission differentially affects detection of behaviorally relevant auditory stimuli, MCC 2013: Neural Circuits for Adaptive Control of Behavior, Paris, France.
van Keulen S, Logothetis NK and Eschenko O (September-2013): Suppression of noradrenergic and dopaminergic neurotransmission differentially affects detection of behaviorally relevant auditory stimuli, 45th Meeting of the European Brain and Behavior Society (EBBS 2013), München, Germany.
Bahmani H, Logothetis NK and Keliris GA (August-2013): Effects of binocular flash suppression in the anesthetized macaque, 36th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2013), Bremen, Germany, Perception, 42(ECVP Abstract Supplement) 145.
Li Q, Logothetis NK and Keliris GA (August-2013): Pattern motion signals from V1 receptive fields, 36th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2013), Bremen, Germany, Perception, 42(ECVP Abstract Supplement) 145.
Barbieri A, Mazzoni A, Logothetis NK, Panzeri S and Brunel N (July-2013): Input dependence of local field potential spectra: experiment vs theory, Twenty-Second Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting (CNS*2013), Paris, France, BMC Neuroscience, 14(Supplement 1) 38-39.
Goense J, Bohraus Y and Logothetis NK (April-25-2013): Decreased Cerebral Blood Volume and Flow in Areas with Negative BOLD Indicates the Mechanism for Negative BOLD May Be Stimulus- and Area-Specific, 21st Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM 2013), Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
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Hagberg GE, Keliris A, Mamedov I, Placidi M, Merkle H, Logothetis NK and Scheffler K (April-23-2013): 19F-Lanthanide Complexes: T1 - and T2 - Dependent Signal Gain Using Gradient Echoes, 21st Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM 2013), Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
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Eschenko O, Beyerlein M, Oeltermann A and Logothetis NK (March-2013): BOLD responses evoked by electrical stimulation of Locus Coeruleus in rats under anesthesia, 33rd European Winter Conference on Brain Research and European Brain and Behaviour Society (EWCBR/EBBS 2013), Brides-les-Bains, France.
Barbieri F, Mazzoni A, Logothetis NK, Panzeri S and Brunel N (March-2013): Input dependence of local field potential spectra: experiment vs theory, Computational and Systems Neuroscience Meeting (COSYNE 2013), Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
Jankowska K, Maier ME, Logothetis NK and Angelovski G (November-2012): A novel approach towards Ca2+-responsive MRI probes, Fifth Annual World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC 2012), Dublin, Ireland, Molecular Imaging and Biology, 14(2 Supplement) S1234.
Hagberg GE, Mamedov I, Power A, Beyerlein M, Merckle H, Dhingra K, Kubicek V and Logothetis NK (November-2012): Diffusion of conventional and calcium sensitive MRI contrast agents in the rat cerebral cortex, Fifth Annual World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC 2012), Dublin, Ireland, Molecular Imaging and Biology, 14(2 Supplement) S1544.
Keliris A, Mamedov I, Hagberg GE, Logothetis NK, Scheffler K and Engelmann J (November-2012): Dual 1H/19F MR imaging approach for detection of enzyme activity, Fifth Annual World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC 2012), Dublin, Ireland, Molecular Imaging and Biology, 14(2 Supplement) S1235.
Azevedo FAC, Azevedo LAC, Logothetis NK and Keliris G (November-2012): Effects of visual attention on neural processing in Rhesus' V1 by simultaneous electrophysiology and BOLD-fMRI, 13th Conference of the Junior Neuroscientists of Tübingen (NeNA 2012), Schramberg, Germany.
Viswanath S, Zaldivar D, von Pföstl V, Rauch A and Logothetis NK (November-2012): The role of adenosine in the neurovascular coupling of the BOLD signal in early visual cortex of non-human primates, 13th Conference of the Junior Neuroscientists of Tübingen (NeNA 2012), Schramberg, Germany.
Hagberg GE, Mamedov I, Placidi M, Keliris A, Merkle H, Logothetis NK and Scheffler K (October-29-2012): 19F-Lanthanide complexes: T1- and T2-dependent signal gain using gradient echoes, ENCITE Symposium "Red hot MRI: In vivo 19F imaging", Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Eschenko O, Beyerlein M, Oeltermann A and Logothetis NK (October-2012): BOLD responses evoked by electrical stimulation of Locus Coeruleus in rats under anesthesia, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2012), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Mombiela DH, Munoz M, Arroyo-Jimenez M, Mohedano-Moriano A, Artacho-Perula E, Legidos-Garcia E, Ubero M, Gonzalez-Fuentes J, Lagartos-Donate M, Cebada-Sanchez S, Logothetis NK and Insausti R (October-2012): Brainstem afferents to the hippocampal formation: Comparative immunohistochemical study in the Macaca fascicularis monkey, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2012), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Besserve M, Bartels A, Murayama Y and Logothetis NK (October-2012): Centrality of the Mammalian Functional Brain Network, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2012), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Valverde Salzmann MF, Bartels A, Logothetis NK and Schüz A (October-2012): Color blobs in visual areas V1 and V2 of the common marmoset, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2012), New Orleans, LA, USA.
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Ku S-P, Goense JBG, Logothetis NK and Bartels A (October-2012): Facial expression and identity encoding in macaques revealed by fMRI adaptation, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2012), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Ubero Martinez M, Mohedano-Moriano A, Munoz M, Arroyo-Jimenez MM, Marcos P, Artacho-Perula E, Hernandez-Mombiela D, Legidos-Garcia ME, Gonzalez-Fuentes J, Lagartos-Donate MJ, Cebada-Sanchez S, Amaral DG, Logothetis NK and Insausti R (October-2012): Frontal cortex afferents to the ventral tegmental area in the Macaca fascicularis monkey, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2012), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Bohraus Y, Logothetis NK and Goense J (October-2012): High-resolution CMRO2 in gray matter of macaque visual cortex, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2012), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Neves RM, van Keulen S, Logothetis NK and Eschenko O (October-2012): Locus coeruleus noradrenergic system mediates the transient cortical activation evoked by nociceptive stimulation, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2012), New Orleans, LA, USA.
van Grootel TJ, Meeson A, Munk MHJ, Kourtzi Z, Movshon JA, Logothetis NK and Kiorpes L (October-2012): Longitudinal fMRI study of cortical development in young monkeys, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2012), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Klein C, Evrard HC, Power AT, Boyden ES, Logothetis NK and Schmid M (October-2012): Optogenetics in the macaque thalamus, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2012), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Perrodin C, Kayser C, Logothetis NK and Petkov CI (October-2012): Visual influences on neurons in voice-sensitive cortex, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2012), New Orleans, LA, USA.
Klein C, Evrard HC, Power AT, Boyden ES, Logothetis NK and Schmid MC (October-2012): Optogenetics in the macaque thalamus, 7th Brain Research Conference “Optogenetics and Pharmacogenetics in Neuronal Function and Dysfunction”, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Li Q, Fleming RW, Logothetis NK and Keliris GA (September-14-2012): Multi-Stable Visual Motion Perception, Bernstein Conference 2012, München, Germany, Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, Conference Abstract: Bernstein Conference 2012 190.
Perrodin C, Kayser C, Logothetis NK and Petkov CI (September-2-2012): Visual influences on neurons in voice-preferring cortex, 4th International Conference on Auditory Cortex, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Ortiz M, Steudel T, Augath M, Logothetis NK and Rauschecker JP (September-1-2012): Functional neuroimaging of sound motion in the macaque dorsal stream, 4th International Conference on Auditory Cortex, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Smirnakis SM, Keliris GA, Shao Y, Papanikolaou A and Logothetis NK (August-2012): Population receptive field measurements in macaque visual cortex, 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2012), Naples, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 12(9) 1397.
Bahmani H, Logothetis NK and Keliris GA (August-2012): The role of parietal visual cortex in perceptual transitions during bistable perception, 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS 2012), Naples, FL, USA, Journal of Vision, 12(9) 683.
Evrard HC, Forro T and Logothetis NK (July-2012): Areal Distribution Of The Von Economo In The Anterior Insular And Anterior Cingulate Cortices In The Macaque Monkey, 8th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS 2012), Barcelona, Spain.
Diana H, Munoz M, Marcos P, Arroyo-Jimenez MDM, Pérula E, Mohedano-Moriano A, Ubero MDM, Legidos-Garcia ME, Fuentes J, Lagartos MJ, Cebada S, Logothetis NK and Insausti R (July-2012): Brainstem Afferents To The Hippocampal Formation: Comparative Inmunohistochemical Study In The Macaca Fascicularis Monkey, 8th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS 2012), Barcelona, Spain.
van Keulen S, Logothetis NK and Eschenko O (July-2012): Differential Noradrenergic Modulation Of Sensory Processing In The Rat Somatosensory And Prefrontal Cortex, 8th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS 2012), Barcelona, Spain.
von Pföstl V, Zaldivar D, Li J, Viswanath S, Zhang X, Logothetis NK and Rauch A (July-2012): Electrophysiological Effects Of Lactate On Primary Visual Cortex Of Non-Human Primates, 8th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS 2012), Barcelona, Spain.
Ubero Martinez MDM, Mohedano Moriano A, Arroyo Jimenez MDM, Munoz M, Marcos P, Artacho Perula E, Hernandez Mombiela D, Legidos Garcia ME, Logothetis NK and Insausti R (July-2012): Hippocampal Formation Projection To Ventral Tegmental Area: An Anatomical Study In The Non-Human Primate, 8th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS 2012), Barcelona, Spain.
Novitskaya Y, Logothetis NK and Eschenko O (July-2012): Noradrenergic Modulation Of Cortical And Hippocampal Activity During Natural Sleep In Rats, 8th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS 2012), Barcelona, Spain.
Azevedo FAC, Aggelopoulos NC, Logothetis NK and Rainer G (July-2012): Responses Of Neurons In The Nucleus Basalis To Visual Stimuli Differing In Their Familiarity, Category And Coherence, 8th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS 2012), Barcelona, Spain.
Zaldivar D, Li J, von Pföstl V, Whittingstall K, Goense J, Rauch A and Logothetis NK (July-2012): The Modulatory Role Of Dopamine In The Early Visual System Of Macaques Investigated By Fmri, Neurochemistry And Neurophysiology, 8th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS 2012), Barcelona, Spain.
Perrodin C, Kayser C, Logothetis NK and Petkov CI (July-2012): Visual Influences On Neurons In Voice-Sensitive Cortex, 8th Forum of European Neuroscience (FENS 2012), Barcelona, Spain.
Theodoni P, Panagiotaropoulos TI, Kapoor V, Logothetis NK and Deco G (June-2012): Cortical microcircuit dynamics in visual awareness, AREADNE 2012: Research in Encoding and Decoding of Neural Ensembles, Santorini, Greece.
Papanikolaou A, Keliris GA, Papageorgiou DT, Shao Y, Krapp E, Schiefer U, Logothetis N and Smirnakis SM (June-2012): Population Receptive Field Mapping in Human Subjects after Lesions of the Visual Pathway, AREADNE 2012: Research in Encoding and Decoding of Neural Ensembles, Santorini, Greece.
Shao Y, Keliris GA, Papanikolaou A, Fischer DM, Nagy D, Jaegle H, Augath M, Logothetis NK and Smirnakis SM (June-2012): Population receptive field measurements in the visual cortex of macaque monkeys with and without retinal lesions, AREADNE 2012: Research in Encoding and Decoding of Neural Ensembles, Santorini, Greece.
Hagberg GE, Mamedov I, Power A, Beyerlein M, Merkle H, Angelovski G and Logothetis NK (May-9-2012): Diffusion in the extra-cellular space of the rat cerebral cortex probed by MRI and direct infusion of contrast agents, 20th Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM 2012), Melbourne, Australia.
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