Dr Ines Violante is a Lecturer in Psychological Neuroscience in the School of Psychology, FHMS. She received BSc in Biochemistry and PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Following her PhD, Ines was awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship to perform her research project at Imperial College London and University College London.

Ines’ research focuses on understanding the role of brain networks on cognitive functions and the use of brain stimulation as a neuromodulator. Her research combines functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) to understand how brain stimulation (TMS, tACS, tDCS) can be used to modulate brain dynamics and behavioural performance. Ines is interested in how brain oscillations mediate long-range connectivity and particularly how neurostimulation can be used to improve network communication following neurological disorders.

A second strand of research that started during Ines’ PhD studies has been focused on understanding the neurobiological basis of the cognitive deficits in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). Her research in this field is characterized by being interdisciplinary and translational, applying neuroimaging and neurophysiological techniques to translate the inhibitory hypothesis in NF1. Ines has used spectroscopy (MRS), molecular imaging (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging to provide a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiological alterations present in NF1.

Dr Ines Violante joined us as an early-career speaker for the inaugural Brainbox Initiative conference in 2017, and now returns as our tES session chair for the Brainbox Initiative Conference 2020.