International Symposium
of Brain Projects,
Brain/MINDS and
Brain/MINDS Beyond

Brain Circuits, Dynamics, and Functions/Dysfunctions

June 24[FRI] 2022
International Symposium of Brain Projects, Brain/MINDS and Brain/MINDS Beyond

Event outline

International Symposium of Brain Projects,
Brain/MINDS and Brain/MINDS Beyond:
Brain Circuits, Dynamics, and Functions/Dysfunctions

Date Friday, June 24, 2022, 9:30-18:30 (JST)
Venue ONLINE (Free /Registration required)
Language English
Organizers RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS)
National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS)
Support Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development(AMED)

The symposium aims to bring together researchers from major international brain projects to discuss unique strategies for elucidating brain functions, the human mind, and relevant pathological conditions. We hope that the symposium will provide an opportunity to promote further the favorable outcomes of these projects by stimulating each other.



Opening Remarks | Shigeo Okabe The University of Tokyo9:30 - 9:35 (JST)

Brain Projects in the World and Japan9:35 - 11:20

Toshihisa Ohtsuka University of Yamanashi
Shigeo Okabe The University of Tokyo; Brain/MINDS 9:35 - 9:50
Minoru Kimura Tamagawa University; Brain/MINDS Beyond 9:50 - 10:05
John Ngai National Institutes of Health; US BRAIN Initiative 10:05 - 10:30
Katrin Amunts Forschungszentrum Juelich; EU Human Brain Project 10:30 - 10:55
Mu-ming Poo Institute of Neuroscience, CAS; China Brain Project 10:55 - 11:20
Break11:20 - 11:40

From Structure to Function11:40 - 13:15

Masahiko Watanabe Hokkaido University
Jeff W. Lichtman Harvard University 11:40 - 12:05
Li-Huei Tsai The Picower Institute, MIT 12:05 - 12:30
Guoping Feng MIT/Broad Institute Cancelled
Hideyuki Okano RIKEN CBS 12:55 - 13:15
Lunch Break13:15 - 14:15

From Circuit to Cognition and Disorders14:15 - 16:05

Shigenobu Kanba Kyushu University
Conor Liston Weill Cornell Medicine 14:15 - 14:40
Makoto Higuchi QST 14:40 - 15:00
Kiyoto Kasai The University of Tokyo 15:00 - 15:20
Mitsuo Kawato ATR 15:20 - 15:40
Matthew Rushworth University of Oxford 15:40 - 16:05
Break16:05 - 16:25

Toward Next-Generation Brain Projects16:25 - 18:00

Tetsuya Matsuda Tamagawa University
Trygve Bakken Allen Institute for Brain Science 16:25 - 16:50
Lin Tian UC Davis 16:50 - 17:15
Anne Churchland UCLA 17:15 - 17:40
Atsushi Miyawaki RIKEN CBS/RAP 17:40 - 18:00

Discussion18:00 - 18:25

Kenji Doya Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Closing Remarks | Minoru Kimura   Tamagawa University18:25 - 18:30
Program Committee
Chair Kenji Doya Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Members Shigeo Okabe The University of Tokyo
Minoru Kimura Tamagawa University
Tetsuya Matsuda Tamagawa University
Toshihisa Ohtsuka University of Yamanashi
Masahiko Watanabe Hokkaido University
Shigenobu Kanba Kyushu University
Atsushi Miyawaki RIKEN CBS/RAP
Hideyuki Okano RIKEN CBS
Tetsuo Yamamori RIKEN CBS
Erika Sasaki Central Institute for Experimental Animals
Haruhiko Bito The University of Tokyo
Yukiko Goda RIKEN CBS
Takuya Hayashi RIKEN BDR
Mitsuo Kawato ATR
Kiyoto Kasai The University of Tokyo
Masaki Isoda National Institute for Physiological Sciences


Brain/MINDS project – Understanding physiology and pathology of human brain

岡部 繁男
Shigeo Okabe

Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo

Brain/MINDS Beyond project – Unraveling brain circuit for human cognition and diseases

Minoru Kimura
Minoru Kimura

Professor Emeritus/Visiting Researcher, Tamagawa University
Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine

BRAIN 2.0: Transforming Neuroscience

John J. Ngai
John J. Ngai

Director, NIH BRAIN Initiative, National Institutes of Health

The Human Brain Project – Pushing the frontiers of digital brain research

Katrin Amunts
Katrin Amunts

Director, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1), Research Center Jülich
Director, C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

China Brain Project and Mesoscopic Brain Mapping

Mu-ming Poo
Mu-ming Poo

Scientific Director, Institute of Neuroscience,Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Chair, Organizing Committee of China Brain Project

Functional Inferences From Structure In Connectomic Data

Jeff W. Lichtman
Jeff W. Lichtman

Professor, Harvard University

Gamma oscillations: mechanisms, function and human diseases

Li-Huei Tsai
Li-Huei Tsai

Director, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT
Picower Professor of Neuroscience, MIT

Neurobiology of ASD: from genes to circuits

Guoping Feng
Guoping Feng

Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Director, Broad Institute

Modeling Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Diseases using Genetically Modified Marmosets

Hideyuki Okano
Hideyuki Okano

Team Reader, RIKEN Center for Brain Science

Probing and rescuing dysfunctional brain circuits in depression

Conor Liston
Conor Liston

Associate Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine

In-vivo imaging of links between pathological protein aggregation and circuit abnormalities in neurodegenerative dementias

akoto Higuchi
Makoto Higuchi

Department Head, National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology

Developing large-scale MRI database and translatable brain markers to understand psychosis

Kiyoto Kasai
Kiyoto Kasai

Professor, Department of Neuropsychiatry, The University of Tokyo

Diagnosis, stratification, and therapy based on brain functional connectivity

Mitsuo Kawato
Mitsuo Kawato

Director, Brain Information Communication Research Laboratory Group, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)

Distributed neural networks for initiating voluntary action

Matthew Rushworth
Matthew Rushworth

Professor, Department of Experimental Psychology and Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN), University of Oxford

Multi-modal taxonomies of cellular diversity in the mammalian brain

Trygve Bakken
Trygve Bakken

Assistant Investigator, Allen Institute for Brain Science

Letting the little light of mind shine: genetically encoded indicators for neurochemical detection

Lin Tian
Lin Tian

Professor and Vice Chair, University of California, Davis

Decision and movement signals in distinct classes of excitatory pyramidal cells

Anne Churchland
Anne Churchland

Professor, UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine

Imaging the Brain across Mammalian Species

Minoru Kimura
Atsushi Miyawaki

Team Leader, RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Team Leader, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics

About Projects

Brain Mapping by Integrated Neurotechnologies for Disease Studies [Brain/MINDS]

Brain/MINDS aims at building a comprehensive database of the neural network of the marmoset brain by developing innovative neurotechnologies. The large-scale data of structure and functions of non-human primate brains will facilitate a network-level understanding of the human brain in health and disease.

The Strategic International Brain Science Research Promotion Program[Brain/MINDS Beyond]

The goals of Brain/MINDS Beyond are to understand human cognition, action, and sociality at the neuronal circuit level to allow for early detection of and intervention in psychiatric and neurological diseases. It involves building a comprehensive database of brain images of healthy to diseased states, mapping between the human and non-human primate brains, and developing AI technologies to diagnose and predict the prognosis of various disorders.

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Please also join the symposium, which will be held online on June 25, 2022 (JST). For details, please check the website below *Available in Japanese only*