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The ContAct Farewell Symposium

On November 24th and 25th, the ContAct group held a " Farewell Symposium" at the Elsass Institute in Ordrup. The symposium marked the end of a six-year period of research in the field of human motor control funded by an “Excellence Grant” from Lundbeck Foundation (2011-2016).

The productive years of research made possible due to the ContAct research group found a fitting closure in a two-day scientific symposium with the presentation of excellent scientific findings and inspiring debate. For the members of the ContAct group, it was a satisfying and motivating experience to see a two-day summary of the impressive array of research they had generated over the course of six years. In the course of six sessions, the symposium gave the possibility to hear about the results from the projects performed in the context of the different work packages, spanning from structural brain connectivity to computational modelling, non-invasive brain stimulation, learning, inhibitory control and motivation.

Each session started out with keynote lectures by high-profile international and local researchers that put the presented research into context and revealed how the research performed in ContAct had made valuable contributions to the questions asked in the scientific community. 

The beautiful Elsass Centre provided an inspiring setting where scientific ideas were debated and the potential for future collaboration was probed in the course of several coffee and lunch breaks.


Group photo of the members of the ContAct group at the farewell symposium

Scientific Program

Thursday, 24.11.2016

Friday, 25.11.2016

Hartwig Siebner
Welcome and Introduction 

Prediction and Learning
Chair: Damian Herz

Peder Esben Bilde
Short Presentation of Elsass Institute

Keynote lecture
Nils Kolling
Neural Signals in Human Foraging and Dynamic Choice

Brain and Structural Connectivity
Chair: Tim Dyrby

David Meder
Prediction error coding across domains

Keynote lecture
Tim Dyrby
Inferring Brain Physiology From its Structure

Anke Karabanov
Functional plasticit during de novo acquisition of laparoscopic surgical skills

Steffen Angstmann
Dexterity and its Relation to Cortical Asymmetries

Jens Hjortkær
Decoding sound-producing actions in auditory cortex

Henrik Lundell 
New Dimensions in Diffusion MR

Competition and Inibition
Chair: David Meder

Computational Modelling
Chair: Kristoffer Madsen

Keynote Lecture
Hartwig Siebner
Tracing Inhibition at different levels in the human brain

Keynote Lecture
Chris Mathys
The Computational Modelling of Active Inference

Damian Herz
Imaging levodopa-induced dyskinesias in Parkinson's disease

Kasper Winther Andersen
Distributed Representations of Specific Finger Movement Sequences in the Human Striatum

David Meder
Inhibitory control in sequential devision making

Axel Thielscher
Electric Field Simulation - A Useful Tool in Brain Stimulation Research?

Brian Numelin Haagensen
Sequential decision-making in Parkinson's patients with impulse-control disorder

Poster pitch by Philipp Schwartenbeck (10 min) and coffee break

Intention and Motivation
Chair: Hartwig Siebner

Noninvasive Transcranial Brain Stimulation
Chair: Anke Karabanov

Keynote Lecture
Oliver Hulme
The Utility og Utility: A Theory of Homeostatic Choice

Keynote Lecture:
John Rothwell
What exactly does TMS stimulate in the brain, and why do we still not know 30 years after its introduction?

Steffen Angstmann
Intentional decision making under naturalistic constraints 

Estelle Raffin
Shape-based TMS mapping reveals motor finger somatotopy and use-dependent plasticity in M1-HAND

Konrad Stanek
Which action? When to act? and Whether to act? - EEG correlates of volitional motor control

Raffaele Dubioso
Mapping the sensorimotor integration in the motor hand area

Hartwig Siebner
Perspective and Outlook