Facundo Manes is a neurologist and neuroscientist Argentina. He lived his childhood and adolescence in Arroyo Dulce and Salto, in the province of Buenos Aires. He studied at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires, where he graduated in 1992 and then at the University of Cambridge, England (PhD in Sciences). After completing his postgraduate training abroad (US and Britain) returned to the country with a firm commitment to develop local resources to improve clinical standards and research in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychiatry. He is rector of the University Favaloro. He created and currently directs INECO (Institute of Cognitive Neurology) and the Institute of Neurosciences of the Favaloro Foundation. Both centers are now considered leading institutions leading the field of neurosciences in Latin America, becoming an international reference centers for research in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychiatry.
He is Chairman of the INECO Foundation for research in neurosciences. He also chairs the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Aphasia, Dementia and Cognitive Disorders. He is Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Neurosciences of the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology at the University Favaloro and Experimental Psychology at University of South Carolina, USA. UU. He is visiting professor of the Department of Neurology at University of California San Francisco (EE. UU) and Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). He is a researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and the Australian Research Council (ACR) Centre of Excellence in Cognition and Its Disorders.
He has published over 190 original scientific papers in the most prestigious international journals in his field as Brain, The Lancet Neurology, JAMA Neurology and Nature Neuroscience. Dr. Manes is permanently invited to give lectures in different parts of the world and participated in prestigious international scientific forums as the “Royal Society of Medicine” (London) and the “New York Academy of Sciences”, among others.
His current area of research is the neurobiology of mental processes. Among his most important contributions, Dr. Manes identified the prefrontal areas related to the decision-making process in humans, the neural mechanisms of aggression, together with Dr. Calder, and the role of the insula in cognitive processes and emotional. With Professor Hodges and Professor Zeman he marked a new syndrome called Transient Epileptic Amnesia. In addition, along with Dr. Bekinschtein, described for the first time, the emotional processing of patients with impaired minimally conscious and, along with Dr. Jeffrey Max, brain areas involved in the development of symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD). Ms. Torralva recently with development of a neuropsychological battery to detect early frontotemporal dementia and with Dr. Ibanez has proposed a theory on the role of context in neuropsychiatric disorders. He has co-developed one of the first units of holistic cognitive rehabilitation in Latin America. His current area of research is the neurobiology of mental processes, particularly the neural mechanisms involved in decision-making and social behavior. His team has worked intensively on the development of cognitive batteries and screening tests to facilitate early diagnosis of dementias.