Rodrigo Quiroga

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Centre for Systems Neuroscience. University of Leicester. United Kingdom


Systems Neuroscience and Cognition

Title of the talk:
Concept cells



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PhD in Applied Mathematics, University of Luebeck, Germany.1998
MSc in Physics, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina 1993



Research Chair. Director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience.
University of Leicester, UK. 2012-
Professor of Bioengineering. Head of the Bioengineering research group Dept. of Engineering. University of Leicester, UK.2008-
Visiting professor. SISSA, Trieste, Italy. 2011-



Visiting professor. CONICET, Argentina 2013
Visiting researcher. Dept.of Neurosurgery, UCLA, USA. 2004-2010
Visiting researcher. Leibniz Institute of Neurobiology. Univ. Magdeburg, Germany 2006-2013
Visiting professor. Dept. of Physics, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina 2010
Reader in Bioengineering. Dept. of Engineering. Univ. of Leicester, UK 2006-2008
Lecturer in Bioengineering. Dept. of Engineering. Univ. of Leicester, UK. 2004-2006
Visiting associate. Div. of Biology, Caltech, USA. 2004-2007
Sloan-Swartz Post-doctoral fellow. Theoretical Neurobiology, Caltech, USA 2001-2004
Post-doc researcher. Research Center Juelich, Germany. 1998-2001
Visiting scientist. Brain Science Institute, RIKEN, Japan. Feb.-March 2001
Visiting scientist. Dept. Psychology. Univ. of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. March 2000
Graduate Research assistant. Inst. Physiology, Univ. of Luebeck, Germany. 1996-1998
Graduate Research assistant. Dept. of Epilepsy, FLENI, Argentina. 1995-1996
Graduate Research assistant. Dept. of Neurophysiology, FLENI, Argentina. 1993-1995



• Selected as one of the 10 UK leaders in Science and Engineering by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
• Article on concept cells featured in the cover of Scientific American, 2013.
• Selected among the top 100 Argentinean innovators (by BGH), 2013.
• One of the 5 appointed Research Chairs at the University of Leicester, 2012.
• Scientific profile featured in Current Biology, 2011.
• Recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, 2010.
• Member of the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council pool of experts.
• Member of the Medical Research Council’s Biomedical Informatics Panel.
• Work on neural correlates of conscious perception selected as one of the “Breaking news in Neuroscience” by the federation of European Neuroscience Societies (fENS), 2008.
• Work on invariant representation by single neurons selected as one of the top 100 scientific stories of 2005 by Discover Magazine.
• Achievement award, University of Leicester, 2005.
• Best poster price at the meeting: “Neural substrates of cognition.”” Madrid, 2005.
• Young researcher travel award. Fukuoka, Japan, 2004.
• Sloan-Swartz fellow, 2001-2003.
• Young investigator awardee. Award given by the American Epilepsy Society, 2001.
• Young researcher travel award. 24th International Epilepsy Congress. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2001.
• Young researcher travel award. 6th International Evoked Potentials Symposium. Okazaki, Japan, 1998.
• Prize to the scientific-technological production. University of Buenos Aires, 1995.



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3 Books and more than 80 Research Articles.
H-index: 29 – >3,500 citations [Source: ISI]

Single-Cell Responses to Face Adaptation in the Human Medial Temporal Lobe.
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Alexander Kraskov, Florian Mormann, Itzhak Fried, Christof Koch.
Neuron, 84: 1-7; 2014

Brain Cells for Grandmother
R. Quian Quiroga, I. Fried, C. Koch
Scientific American 308(2):30-35, 2013.

Concept cells: The building blocks of declarative memory functions
Quian Quiroga R
Nature Reviews Neuroscience. (2012) 13: 587-597.

Online, voluntary control of human temporal lobe neurons
Cerf M, Thiruvengadam N, Mormann F, Kraskov A, Quian Quiorga R,Koch C and Fried I.
Nature 467: 1104-1108; 2010.

In retrospect: Funes the Memorious
Quian Quiroga R
Nature. 463: 611; 2010

Extracting information from neural populations: Information theory and decoding approaches
Quian Quiroga R and Panzeri S
Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 10: 173-185; 2009.

Invariant visual representation by single-neurons in the human brain.
Quian Quiroga R, Reddy L, Kreiman G, Koch C and Fried I
Nature, 435: 1102-1107; 2005.


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One of the major scientific challenges of our days is to understand how information is represented by neurons in the brain. Although there has been spectacular progress in the last decades, we are still far to comprehend, for example, how visual inputs are processed to create conscious percepts and how these percepts can create new memories.

To understand these principles of brain function we perform single cell recordings in epileptic patients -implanted with intracranial electrodes for clinical reasons-, electroencephalographic and eye-tracker recordings. Since complex behaviour is encoded by the activity of large populations of neurons, we also work on the development of advanced methods to extract useful information from these data.


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