Brainhack: Lesions

Mozilla Lab Paris, 9 and 10 May 2017

Special thanks to the Mozilla Lab Paris who will kindly host our event. We are very happy to hold our Brainhack in a place with their philosophy:

'We’re a global pack of do-gooders, rabble-rousers and passionate defenders of the Web.'

'We are a proudly non-profit organization driven by a culture of openness and collaboration. It’s a value we hold strong and it’s how we work together, day in and day out.'

Also huge thanks to the 'ERC Advanced Grant 694665 : CoBCoM - Computational Brain Connectivity Mapping' for financial support.

Brainhack aims at promoting the interaction between scientists, developers and artists interested in the brain. Questions can evolve around

  • the investigation of brain anatomy and function based on neuroimaging or post mortem dissection;
  • the evolution of nervous systems across species;
  • the variability of brain features across healthy participants;
  • the emergence of brain pathologies;
  • and there is no limit to artistic reflections in any form of art.

Participants can bring their own dataset, discuss a project and recruit a team of collaborators on site. Access to free big online databases of MRI images will be also available during the two days, for new creative ideas to be tested.

This workshop integrates all levels of expertise and is also an opportunity to learn methods, develop skills and collaborate with other participants.

Join the fun!


Tuesday 9 May 2017
09:00 – 09:30 Breakfast 09:30 – 09:45 Ignite Welcome lecture (Michel Thiebaut de Schotten) 09:45 – 10:30 Ignite Advanced Lesion Symptoms Mapping (Parashkev Nachev) 10:30 – 12:00 Project pitches 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch 13:30 – 20:00 Open Hacking 20:00 – ????? Social drink and dinner
Wednesday 10 May 2017
09:00 – 09:30 Breakfast 09:30 – 10:00 Ignite: Rehabilitation after a stroke (Marine Lunven) 10:00 – 10:30 Ignite: Neural bases of language and motor impairment (Charlotte Rosso) 10:30 – 12:00 Open hacking 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch 13:00 – 22:30 Open hacking

Each of the two days will begin with an “Ignite Session” in which speakers will give 15 minute talks that will address wide questions that would benefit from open, interdisciplinary collaborations. During the Open Hacking sessions where participants can work on their projects or participate in a dynamic set of talks organized by attendees. During the “hack sessions”, participants will be encouraged to work together in small groups on relevant projects. The workshop will culminate on the last day, when participants will have the opportunity to present a brief overview of their project. Thus far, these projects include:

  • 'Supervised software installation' (Katja Heuer)
  • 'BCB toolkit workshop' (Stephanie Forkel and Michel Thiebaut de Schotten)
  • 'Toward a reliable tractogrphy in patients with brain lesions' (Demian Wassermann)
  • 'Finding a solution to correct mass effect in patients with large brain tumours' (Emmanuel Mandonnet)
  • 'Automatic delineation of brain lesions? Why is this not working?' (Chris Foulon)
  • 'Using BrainBox for brain lesions: segmentation and analysis' (Roberto Toro and Katja Heuer)
  • 'A browser-based tool for managing, searching, and viewing MRI data from patients with brain lesions' (Dan Lurie and Mark D'Esposito)
  • 'Dataset of ~315 manually traced stroke lesions' (Lei Liew)
  • 'List-other-project' (Otter Pearson)
  • 'Yet-another-one' (Yet Ann Otter Pearson)

Participants will be supervised and receive advice on methods from a team of very capable nerds throughout the two days.

A constant flow of food and drinks (especially coffee & Club Mate…) will be provided during the event.

We kindly request an online preregistration (70€) in order to cover the expenses for the venue, the equipment and the food/drinks. However, if you are a student and/or have financial difficulties, please do not hesitate to send us an Email explaining your situation and we will discuss possibilities for a reduced fee.

Deadline is 30th of April 2017, please.

To learn more about Brainhack and previous events: Brainhack


Registration is 70€ and includes all meals plus a continuous supply of healthy snacks, club mate, hot beverages (particularly coffee).

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Registrations will close the 30th of April 2017.

E-mail if you have any questions.

Make sure to join our slack channel #brainhack-lesions

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We use Brainhack's slack to meet other participants, discuss potential projects and people are also getting organised to share accommodations!

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