Academic Advisory Committee

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Professor Lin CHEN

Professor Chen is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, an internationally renowned psychologist and scientist. Professor Chen published a paper in Science in 1982, as the only author, he proposed the theory of initial perception of topological properties. With regard to the fundamental question of “what is the basic unit of cognition,” he challenged the theory of “local first” that has been dominant for more than half a century. Over the past thirty years, the theory of topology and functional hierarchy of visual perception “large range first” and the topological definition of the basic unit of cognition have been comprehensively and systematically developed. Professor Chen has made huge contribution to the development of Chinese psychology and trained a group of outstanding psychologists. His team’s research has always been at the forefront of the international community in this field, and has had an important impact on the Chinese psychology and scientific community.

Prof. Lin Lu

Professor Lin LU

Professor Lu is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a specialist of Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. He is a leading scholar in the Innovative Research Group of National Natural Science Foundation of China, Distinguished Professor of Ministry of Education Chang Jiang Scholars Program, Chief Scientist of 973 Program of Ministry of Science and Technology. As a scientist with significant international influence in the field of Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, Professor Lu has carried out systematic and pioneering work in the field, proposed new models in intervening pathological memory. He also found new targets in rapid anti-depression and new strategy for the treatment of mental and psychological diseases in sleep, which changed the traditional treatment concept, and has great theoretical significance and application value for the prevention and treatment of mental and psychological diseases and sleep disorders.

Prof. POO

Professor Mu-Ming POO

Professor Poo is the Scientific Director of Institute of Neuroscience (ION), Centre for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology (CEBSIT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Director of the Shanghai Center for Brain Science and Brain-Inspired Technology. He is a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Taiwan Academia Sinica, Hong Kong Academy of Science, and an international member of US National Academy of Sciences. He currently serves as an editorial board member of many international journals including Neuron and Progress in Neurobiology, an Editor of Developmental Neurobiology, and Executive Editor-in-Chief of National Science Review. Professor Poo is the first to carry out the dynamic measurement of membrane proteins on the cell membrane in the field of biophysics. He has made important discoveries in the guidance of neuron axon growth, the establishment of neuron polarity, the formation and plasticity of synapses, and the function and plasticity of neural circuits.


Professor Kwok-Fai SO

Professor So is an Emeritus Professor at The University of Hong Kong, and the Director of GHM Institute of CNS Regeneration at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China. He is also a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Co-Chairman of the Board of Director of the ChinaSCINet, and Editor-in-Chief of Neural Regeneration Research. Professor So is one of the pioneers in the field of axonal regeneration in visual system. He was the first to show lengthy regeneration of retinal ganglion cells in adult mammals with peripheral nerve graft. Professor So used multiple approaches including: exercise, wolfberry, neurotrophic factors, peptide nanofiber scaffold, and environmental manipulation, to promote axonal regeneration after injury in the optic nerve and spinal cord. His team currently use exercise, light therapy and Wolfberry polysaccharides to treat depression.


Professor Jizong ZHAO

Professor Zhao is a neurosurgeon and professor of Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the Executive Committee Member and Nominating Committee Member of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS), Member of the American ANNS and Chinese Chairman of the Dandy Neurosurgical Society. Professor Zhao has long been engaged in neurosurgery clinical and clinical basic research. Professor Zhao pioneered to establish the minimally invasive neurosurgery technology platform based on the “Anatomy and Brain Function Precise Positioning System” and the “Brain Cognitive Function Protection Early Warning System” which is an important transition from the protection of brain anatomical structures to the protection of brain functions. With his efforts, WFNS resumed its membership of the Chinese Neurosurgery Society in 2005, successfully established the academic status of Chinese neurosurgery.

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Professor Jiahong GAO

Professor Gao is a Chair Professor and Director of Beijing Key Laboratory of Medical Physics and Engineering, Peking University. He is also the Director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Center and researcher of McGovern Institute of Brain Science of Peking University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Yale University, and received his post-doctoral training at MIT.  Professor Gao has been engaged in research in the field of brain imaging and brain science for a long time, and has published nearly 200 academic papers in international journals including Science, Nature and PNAS. He has served as the chairman of the Overseas Chinese Medical Magnetic Resonance Imaging Society. He is currently the chairman of the International Society for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) and the chairman of the China Brain Imaging Consortium.



Professor Peter T. FOX

Professor Fox is a neuroimaging researcher and tenured Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He holds joint appointments in radiology, neurology, psychiatry, and physiology. Professor Fox is also the Founding Director of the Research Imaging Institute, based at the University of Texas Health Science Center. A neurologist by training, Professor Fox is considered a pioneer in the application of transcranial magnetic stimulation in multiple brain diseases. His research expertise includes clinical neurobiology, cognitive neurobiology, human functional brain mapping, and imaging methodology. Professor Fox has consistently been listed as one of the most highly cited scientists in neuroscience, amassing over 113,000 citations.


Professor Morris MOSCOVITCH

Professor Moscovitch is a University Professor of Psychology (Emeritus) at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is also a Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto, Canada. Professor Moscovitch is a leading neuropsychologist in the areas of memory, attention, and face recognition. His research expertise includes the cognitive neuroscience of memory in both healthy and clinical populations, and how memory interacts with other functions such as attention, perception, problem solving, and prosocial behaviour. In recognition of his contributions to the fields of clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience, Professor Moscovitch was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in December 2020.


Professor Barbara J. SAHAKIAN

Professor Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare Hall. She is a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences. She is a past president of the International Neuroethics Society and of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. Professor Sahakian has an international reputation in the fields of psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, including in ADHD, neuroimaging and neuroethics. According to, with an h-index of 167, she is one of the very top researchers worldwide in the fields of neuroscience and psychology. She has over 580 publications in scientific journals, including Science, Nature and The Lancet. She has also been a leader in Government Policy on neuroscience and mental health, including on the UK Government Foresight Project and has spoken at the World Economic Forum in 2014, Davos. She is co-Inventor of the Cambridge Cognition CANTAB and EMOTICOM computerized cognitive tests which are used around the world. She is a member of the Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE) Advisory Board.


Professor Tatia Mei-Chun LEE

Professor Lee, a registered clinical psychologist and a certified clinical neuropsychologist, is the Chair Professor of Psychological Science and Clinical Psychology and May Professor in Neuropsychology, and the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. Professor Lee’s research is at the frontiers of neuropsychology and human neuroscience, focusing on the neuroplastic underpinnings of neurocognitive and affective functions, especially applicable for older people. She has published numerous scientific papers. She serves as an associate editor/editorial board member of influential journals that publish data-guiding research and practice of clinical psychology/neuropsychology and human neuroscience.

Professor Benjamin BECKER

Professor Becker’s research aims at exploring the dynamic behavioral and neural mechanisms of emotional experiences, how these mechanisms become dysregulated in stress-related disorders and can be target by novel neuromodulatory strategies. His team capitalizes on advanced neuroimaging in combination with machine learning based neural decoding and computational modeling as well as neuromodulation, such as real-time fMRI neurofeedback and novel pharmacological neuroenhancers.


Professor Xiaoqing HU

Professor HU is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, and a Principal Investigator in the State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on sleep, emotional memory and social learning. In particular, he examines how to modify unwanted memories during sleep, and the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying voluntary forgetting. His research is funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme, General Research Fund etc. Professor Hu’s research is recognized by the Outstanding Young Research Award of HKU (2022), APS Rising Star Award (2021).