08:30 - 09:00

Registration/Light breakfast

09:00 - 09:10

Opening speech by Chair of BrainConnects 2018

Professor Chen, Annabel Shen-Hsing

(CRADLE, Nanyang Technological University)

09:10 – 09:25

Speech by Guest of Honor    

Professor Theng Yin Leng

(ARISE, Nanyang Technological University)

Session I  

Aging Neuroscience


Dr. Ho, Eric Tatt Wei

(Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS)

09:25 - 09:50

Brain network reorganization in aging and dementia

Professor Watanabe Hirohisa

(Nagoya University)

09:50 – 10:15

Neuroplastic effects of training on aging brain

Professor Lee, Tatia Mei-Chun

(Hong Kong University)

10:15 - 10:40

Direct paths are not always the shortest: Semi-metric pathways are increased in Alzheimer's Disease

Professor Suckling, John

(Cambridge University)

10:40 – 10:55

Session I Q&A

10:55 – 11:10

Coffee Break

Session II

Network Modeling of the Aging Brain


Dr. Epifanio Bagarinao

(Nagoya University)

11:10 - 11:30

Artificial meets organic brain: Opportunities for deep learning to model activity and interventions in the aging brain

Dr. Ho, Eric Tatt Wei

(Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS)

11:30 - 11:50

Investigating decline of cognitive and learning abilities in ageing using latent white-matter impairment factors

Professor Rajapakse, Jagath Chandana

(Nanyang Technological University)

11:50 - 12:10

AI Technology-based detecting cognitive impairment of Elderly People from Speech and fNIRS signals, during verbal interaction

Professor Kato Shohei

(Nagoya Institute of Technology)

12:10 – 12:30

From static to temporal brain networks: applications in cognition and diseases

Dr. Sun Yu

(Zhejiang University)

12:30 – 12:45

Session II Q&A

12:45 – 14:55

Photo-taking session (10 minutes)/

Working lunch

Poster Presentation


Dr. Yang, Gloria Fan-Pei

(National Tsing Hua University)

Session III

Cognitive Neuromodulations in Aging


Dr. Kawabata Masato

(National Institute of Education)

14:55 - 15:25

Effect of community-based exercise program (square-stepping exercise) on cognitive function and motor function for Japanese elderly

Professor Nakagaichi Masaki

(National Institute of Fitness and Sports in KANOYA)

15:25 – 15:45

Age-related alteration in brain plasticity as neurophysiology marker for dementia

Dr. Bashir, Shahid

(Harvard Medical School;
King Saud University)

15:45 – 16:00

Session III Q&A

16:00 – 16:15

Coffee Break

Session IV

Research Briefs


Professor Chen, Annabel Shen-Hsing

(CRADLE, Nanyang Technological University)

16:15 – 16:30

Choral singing for the prevention of dementia: a community-based, randomized, controlled trial in Singapore 

Dr. Feng Lei

(National University of Singapore)

16:30 – 16:45

Sensory manipulation results in increased prefrontal cortex activation during static postural balance in sedentary older adults: an fNIRS study

Dr. Teo Wei Peng

(Deakin University)

16:45 – 17:00

Modality-driven brain interventions for cognitive enhancements in mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease: a double-blind randomized sham-controlled trial

Dr. Lu, Hanna

(Chinese University of Hong Kong)

17:00 – 17:15

Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy-based Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment System for Cognitive Training and Rehabilitation

Dr. Tang Tong Boon

(Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS)

Summary/Closing Session

17:15 – 17:30

Review of BrainConnects 2018:

A concluding discussion & way forward

Professor Nakai Toshiharu

(National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology)

17:30 – 17:40

Closing remarks by Co-Chair, BrainConnects 2018