Agustin Ibanez have an outstanding track record in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology and neuropsychiatry research (h-index: >35; i10-index: >100, >3500 citations) and over 100 ISI publications in the last 5 years, including published works in top-ten journals on neuropsychiatric research (e.g., Nature Reviews Neurology, JAMA Neurology, Neurology, World Psychiatry) and cognitive neuroscience (e.g., Nature Human Behavioour, Brain, Journal of Neuroscience, Scientific Reports of Nature, SCAN, Philosophical transactions B, Neuroscience & Biobehavioural Reviews, Nature Human Behavior).
After his PhD, Dr Ibáñez specialized in electrophysiology in the Max Plank Institute for Brain Research (Germany), and did postdoctoral studies in neuroscience at the Neuroscience Center of Cuba and at the Universität Heiderlberg (Germany). He currently is the Director of the Institute of Translational and Cognitive Neuroscience, Argentina; independent researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET); Researcher at the Center for Social and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Chicago; Researcher at the Center for Social and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Adolfo Ibanez University; and Associate Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD, Australia). He is also part of the Project team taskforce of the Human Affectome Project. He has received funding for assessing social neuroscience paradigms in neuropsychiatric research from several organizations, such as FONDECYT (Chile), COLCIENCIAS (Colombia), Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia), DAAD (Germany), Medical Research Council (United Kingdom), and the INECO Foundation, FONCYT, and CONICET (Argentina).
Since 2009, he has directed, co-directed, and evaluated more than 25 master, PhD and postdoctoral research projects. He has received prestigious international awards and grants, such as the Nelson Butters Award (International Neuropsychological Society, 2008), the Latin-American Grant (Society for Psychophysiological Research, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013), and the International Society for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry Award (ISNIP, Elsevier, 2011). He also has established current international collaborations with centers of excellence such as the University of Heidelberg (Germany), the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), and the Universities of New York, Caltech, Chicago, and Wisconsin (USA), among others.
He is an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Cortex, Social Neuroscience, and Scientific Reports of Nature, as well as President of the Latin-American section of the Society for Social Neuroscience. He is an ad hoc Reviewer for more than 30 journals.
His intense work has help South American translational neuroscience, by establishing a framework to engage basic scientists in translational science through internships, workshops, Masters and PhD programs; organizing educational activities for the medical community, focusing on cognitive neuroscience for general neurologists, biologist, psychologists, other health professionals, and fellows in neurology and other medical specialties; and developing an active, multi-institutional agenda to raise public awareness of neuroscience in South America.
He has proposed the so-called Social-Context Network Model (a fronto-temporo-insular brain network engaged in contextual modulation on different social cognition domains). Dr Ibáñez has previously applied this model to the study of the frontotemporal dementia, as well as other neuropsychiatric conditions (autism developmental disorders, other neurodegenerative conditions, schizophrenia). He has proposed the study of specific brain networks in frontotemporal dementia and Parkinson’s disease; performed different studies in neurodegenerative diseases (AD, FTD, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, among others); combined EEG, imaging, and behavioral assessment in early degeneration; produced several studies with behavioral and brain activation measures (hdEEG and fMRI) as well as brain connectivity tools in several neuropsychiatric conditions.
His work has been highlighted in multiple press releases, such as the BBC, Discovery Channel, Popular Science, Daily Mail, Newsweek, Le Monde, and Oxford University Press, among many others.