International Multisensory Research Forum



Scientific Program

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last updated on 7 May 2002 (please email Micah Murray with any corrections)


Friday, May 24th

6:00 - 7:00pm

IMRF Business Meeting (Please note time change)

7:00pm onwards

Informal reception, registration, & materials pick-up

Saturday, May 25th

8:00 onwards

Pick-up of conference materials


Welcoming remarks

8:30 - 10:30am 

Symposium 1: Defining multisensory regions & pathways

Chaired by Charles Schroeder, The Nathan Kline Institute



Alex Meredith, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Troy Hackett, Vanderbilt University, USA

Frank Bremmer, Philipps University Marburg, Germany

Kathleen Rockland, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan

Stephanie Clarke, Division de Neuropsychologie, CHUV, Switzerland

Sara Gonzalez, University Hospital Geneva, Switzerland


10:30 - 11:00am 

Coffee/tea break

11:00 - 1:00pm 

Symposium 2: Temporal & spatial aspects of multisensory interactions

Chaired by Charles Spence, University of Oxford



John Foxe, The Nathan Kline Institute, USA

Adele Diederich, International University Bremen, Germany

Bernd Lutkenhoner, University of Munster, Germany

Ariane Fiesser, Max Planck Inst. for Brain Research Frankfurt, Germany

Norimichi Kitagawa, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Francis McGlone, University of Wales & Unilever Research, Wales


1:00 - 2:30pm 

Lunch (included with registration fees)

2:30 - 4:30pm 

Symposium 3: Multisensory facilitation, illusions, & conflicts

Chaired by Alain Berthoz, LPPA - Collège de France, Paris, France



Lawrence Marks, Yale University, USA

Ladan Shams, California Institute of Technology, USA

Krish Sathian, Emory University Medical Center, USA  

Thomas Brandt, University of Munich, Germany

Salvador Soto-Faraco, University of Barcelona, Spain

Paul Bertelson, Universite libre de Bruxelles, Belgium


4:30 - 6:30pm 

Poster session & coffee/tea break

6:30 - 7:30pm 

Keynote address of Professor Jon Driver, Univeristy College London

"Crossmodal space & crossmodal attention"

8:30pm onwards 

Banquet dinner (included with registration fees)

Sunday, May 26th

9:00 - 11:00am

Symposium 4: Development, plasticity, & maintenance of multisensory systems

Chaired by Mark Wallace, Wake Forest University



Atsushi Iriki, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan

Edouard Gentaz, Universite Rene-Descartes, France

David Lewkowicz, New York State Institute for Basic Research, USA

Francesco Pavani, University College London, England

John Jeka, University of Maryland College Park, Maryland

Thomas Anastasio, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, USA


11:00 - 11:30am

Coffee/tea break

11:30 - 12:30pm

Graduate Students Symposium

Chaired by Micah Murray, University Hospital Geneva



Marie Avillac, Institut des Sciences Cognitive, CNRS Bron, France

Donna Lloyd, Oxford University, England

Sophie Molholm, The Nathan Kline Institute, USA

Sharon Morein-Zamir, University of British Columbia, Canada

Gilles Pourtois, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Oliver Stock, Philipps University Marburg, Germany


12:30 - 2:00pm

Lunch (included with registration fees)


Symposium 5: Neurological & clinical manifestations of multisensory interactions

Chaired by Theodor Landis, University Hospital Geneva



Alessandro Farne, Universita degli Studi di Bologna, Italy

Peter Brugger, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Olaf Blanke, University Hospital Geneva, Switzerland

Yves Rossetti, INSERM Bron, France

Angelo Maravita, University College London, England

Christina Krause, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland



Poster session & coffee/tea break

6:00 - 7:00pm

Keynote address of Jean-Rene Duhamel, Institut des Sciences Cognitives, CNRS

"The construction of multisensory space in the primate parietal cortex"

7:00 - 8:00pm

Conference summary & roundtable between symposia chairs

Moderated by Christoph Michel, University Hospital Geneva

8:00 - 8:15pm Concluding remarks

8:30pm onwards

Banquet dinner (included with registration fees)