Prof. Mel Goodale (CRC, F.R.S.C.) is Director of the BMI and a key player in the development of cognitive neuroscience at Western.  He was a pioneer in the study of visuomotor control in neurological patients.  On the basis of this work and other evidence, he proposed what has become one of the most influential accounts of the functional organization of the visual pathways in the human brain.  Much of Dr. Goodale’s research since 1996 has also involved fMRI studies of visuomotor control and visual perception in both neurological patients and healthy subjects. He collaborates with numerous BMI and clinical colleagues as his CV indicates.

Prof. Jody Culham is an Associate Professor in Psychology with 17 years of experience with fMRI, including teaching methods to trainees locally and worldwide through  Her lab has pioneered methods to have participants perform real actions — including reaching, grasping and tool use — upon real objects within the constrained environment of the fMRI scanner.  Her work has discovered and characterized action-related areas within the human cerebral cortex, thought to be human homologues of areas within NHPs that could serve as suitable substrates for brain-machine interfaces.

Prof. Tutis Vilis is Professor of Physiology & Pharmacology and Psychology.  His lab developed the first model of 3-D eye movements.  This influential model takes into account that eye movements are non-commutative and cannot be computed on the basis of simple vector geometry.  In the past 17 years he has turned his attention to specifying the neural substrates of visual object recognition and iconic memory using high-resolution fMRI.

Prof. Stefan Everling focuses on the cognitive control of eye movements and visual attention, using both high-density single neuron recordings in awake behaving nonhuman primates as well as fMRI in humans and nonhuman primates. His recent studies on the homology and dynamics of resting state networks in humans and NHPs opens up the possibility of doing resting state studies in NHPs across a whole variety of interventions that are not possible in humans. He leads the development of the nonhuman primate facility at the Centre for Brain and Mind at Western, serving as the Director of this facility since 2003.

Prof. Brian Cornei is an Associate Professor of Physiology & Pharmacology and Psychology and a Robarts Scientist. A past recipient of a CIHR New Investigator Award, his research focuses on the coordination of eye and head movements as a model for multi-segmental control, and utilizes complementary approaches in humans and animals. He has extensive experience in the use of head and eye tracking and the use of MRI guided TMS as well as neurophysiological recording in NHPs.

Prof. Stephen Lomber is Professor of Physiology & Pharmacology and Psychology and an Associate Member of the National Center for Audiology and the Robarts. His lab uses an integrated approach of psychophysics, electrophysiological recording, neuroanatomical techniques, and functional imaging to examine processing in the auditory and visual cortices.  The lab has pioneered the use of focal cooling to reversibly deactivate regions of the cerebrum.  Work in his lab examines cortical plasticity in the presence and absence of acoustic input and following the initiation of auditory processing through the means of cochlear prosthetics.

Prof. J. Kevin Shoemaker (CRC). With experience in neurophysiology and neurovascular control, he studies the structural and functional aspects of the cortical autonomic network in pursuit of new understanding regarding the control of blood pressure, blood flow redistribution, and the vascular supply of neural tissue. He has developed innovative applications such as MR compatible pressure chambers to study reflex cardiovascular control in humans within high-field MR environments.