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The MEG UK 2016 Programme is now available: MEG UK Programme

MEG UK 2016: 21st - 23rd March

MEG UK 2016 Logo

YNiC will be hosting the annual MEG UK conference in March 2016.

MEG UK 2016 will follow the traditional format of a one day workshop and a two day conference.

The title of the one-day workshop is Connectivity and dynamics in MEG.

On days two and three, each individual lab group within the UK is given a 45 minute slot in which to present work.

Registration for both the workshop and conference is free, although places may be limited.

At registration, individuals may sign up to give a poster and/or a short (5 minute, 3 slide) talk. Titles for posters and short talks do not need to be provided until February 12th 2016. Confirmation of acceptance of posters and short talks will then be provided by February 19th.


Exhibition Centre

MEG UK 2016 will be held in the Exhibition Centre at the Physics and Electronics building on the University of York (Campus West).

Instructions on finding the University can be found on the University website (http://www.york.ac.uk/about/maps/). You should follow the directions for Heslington Campus (west). For those arriving at York train station, the simplest option is to take the bus 44 or 66 to the University campus. A map is available showing the location of the Exhibition Centre on campus.

Please note that the conference is not taking place at the York NeuroImaging Centre - please follow the directions provided to the Exhibition Centre


A limited amount of accommodation is available on the University campus at £48.60 per night. If you wish to book accommodation, please tick this option on your registration form. Details of payment methods will be sent out to those who request accommodation.


There are limited hotels close to the University, however the University is only a 15/20 minute journey from York Station and is served with very frequent bus services (see http://www.york.ac.uk/admin/estates/transport/public_transport/bus/). The railway station in York is very central, and most City Centre hotels are an easy walk from there.

A range of city centre hotels are listed below:

  • Hotel Indigo

  • Newly opened hotel in the city centre,. A taxi ride from the station but is on the right side of town for getting to the University. Offsite parking, 2 minutes walk from the Hotel but this is chargeable.
  • The Royal York Hotel

  • Next door to the station and with on-site parking
  • The Park Inn

  • A five minute walk from the station and with on-site parking
  • The Cedar Court Grand

  • York's only 5 star Hotel, situated opposite the station. On-site parking but this is chargeable.
  • Hotel 53

  • A taxi ride from the station but is on the right side of town for getting to the University. On-site parking but at a cost of £10 a night.
  • Hotel Du Vin

  • 10 minute walk from the station and has on-site parking
  • The Marriott

  • 5 minute taxi ride from the station. Free on-site parking.
  • York Premier Inn

  • Just around the corner from the station, onsite parking but this is chargeable

Conference Timetable

The full programme is available as a PDF file: MEG UK Programme


Conference Day One

Conference Day Two

Monday 21st March

Tuesday 22nd March

Wednesday 23rd March

12:30 Registration and coffee

10:00 Registration and Coffee

09:00 Business Meeting

13:00-13:50 Matt Brookes

10:45 Welcome

09:30 Plenary: Mingxiong Huang

Measurement of amplitude envelope based functional connectivity using MEG

11:00 Plenary: Gareth Barnes

MEG Forward and Inverse source Imaging techniques and their applications to Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

13:50-14:40 Giorgos Michalareas

Some new challenges for MEG

10:30 Site 5: Aston

The quest for the MEG Connectome

12:00 Site 1: Cambridge

11:15 Coffee

14:40-15:00 Coffee

12:45 Lunch & Posters

11:45 Site 6: Nottingham

15:00-15:50 Robin Ince

13:45 Site 2: UCL

12:30 Lunch & Posters

Information theoretic causal measures

14:30 Site 3: Oxford

13:30 Site 7: Cardiff

15:50-16:40 Mark Woolrich

15:15 Coffee

14:15 Site 8: Ulster

Static and Fast Dynamic Functional Brain Networks

15:45 Site 4: Glasgow

15:00 Coffee

16:40-17:30 Karl Friston

16:30 Short talks A

15:30 Short talks B

Dynamic causal modelling and predictive coding

17:30 Close

16:30 Site 9: York

17:15 Wrap-up

Social Session in York: Venue to be announced

Conference Dinner: York Railway Museum

17:30 Close


Registration is now closed.


If your business or organisation would be interested in providing sponsorship for and/or having a stand at MEG UK 2016, please contact meguk-2016@ynic.york.ac.uk

Short Talks

Session A (Tuesday)

  1. The visual gamma response to faces reflects the presence of sensory evidence, but no evidence it relates to awareness of the stimulus Gavin Perry Cardiff

  2. Convergent evidence for hierarchical prediction networks from human invasive electrophysiology and MEG Holly Phillips Cambridge

  3. Reduced Vis-Gamma in Multiple Sclerosis Patients Eleanor Baratt Nottingham

  4. Investigating oscillatory signatures of sub-clinical obsessive compulsive disorder during an episodic working memory task Gerard Gooding-Williams Aston

  5. Stimulus predictability dynamically modulates neural gain in the auditory processing stream Ryszard Auksztulewicz Oxford

  6. Imaging neuronal depolarization in the brain with Magnetic Detection Impedance Tomography Rabeya Ferdousy UCL

  7. Dissociating lateralised cortical and thalamic sources using high-resolution MEG Sheena Waters UCL

Session B (Wednesday)

  1. Very Early Evoked Responses to Colour Stimuli Yoshihito Shigihara UCL

  2. Oscillatory coupling during response inhibition in health and frontotemporal dementia Laura Hughes Cambridge

  3. Information content of functional connectomes derived from MEG Mark Drakesmith Cardiff

  4. Flexible head-casts for high spatial precision Sofie Meyer UCL

  5. Investigating Dynamic Network Behaviour in Task Data George O'Neill Nottingham

  6. “Born this way:” The influence of genetics on the connectivity of human brain activity Giles Colclough Cambridge

  7. Network-level interactions that control auditory cortical entrainment to speech Anne Keitel Glasgow


  • A1 A mystery regarding the visual gamma response to luminance-defined square-wave gratings Gavin Perry Cardiff University

  • A2 Auditory driven cross-modal phase-reset of visual cortical oscillations Kevin Prinsloo University of Glasgow

  • A3 Lateralising language using filtered and spectrally rotated speech Mike Hall Aston University

  • A4 Network-wide and region-specific oscillatory changes in Alzheimer's Disease & healthy ageing Loes Koelewijn Cardiff University

  • A5 Stimulus predictability dynamically modulates neural gain in the auditory processing stream Ryszard Auksztulewicz University of Oxford

  • A6 Behavioural and cortical dynamics of reward-driven attentional capture Lev Tankelevitch University of Oxford

  • A7 Comparison of Implicit Memory between Alzheimer's Patients and Age-Matched Controls, a MEG study Rebecca Beresford University of Cambridge

  • A8 Spatial and Temporal Features of the Formation of Long-Term Memory Biases and the Effects on Subsequent Perception Eva Zita Patai University of Oxford

  • B1 Investigating oscillatory signatures of sub-clinical obsessive compulsive disorder during an episodic working memory task Gerard Gooding-Williams Aston University

  • B2 MEG classification of responses to emotional faces Diana Dima Cardiff University

  • B3 The first phonological contact during reading is pre-lexical: Evidence From pseudohomophone priming of word and nonword targets in MEG Piers Cornelissen Northumbria University

  • B4 Action selection regularity and decision making mechanisms Holly Phillips University of Cambridge

  • B5 A Bayesian approach for hierarchical modelling of sparse functional networks Giles Colclough University of Cambridge

  • B6 The heritability of multi-modal connectivity in human brain activity Giles Colclough University of Cambridge

  • C1 Oscillatory coupling during response inhibition in health and frontotemporal dementia Laura Hughes University of Cambridge

  • C2 Does in-scanner head movement affect the beamformer time series and the network activation derived from MEG resting-state recordings? Eirini Messaritaki Cardiff University

  • C3 N400m for presurgical language mapping in young children with epilepsy Shu Yau Aston University

  • C4 Explaining individual variability of human cortical gamma oscillations using optimised neurophysiologically-informed models Alex Shaw University of Cambridge

  • C5 Oscillatory abnormalities in the occipital region in schizophrenia Lauren Gascoyne University of Nottingham

  • C6 Estimating cross frequency coupling in transient brain states Andrew Quinn University of Oxford

  • D1 Activating Mnemonic Templates for Visual Search Nick Myers University of Oxford

  • D2 Multifaceted domain-general control over sensory-specific activity during tactile and visual working memory Freek van Ede University of Oxford

  • D3 Prioritization in working memory by temporal and feature-based expectations Freek van Ede University of Oxford

  • D4 Individual Differences in the Post-Movement Beta Rebound (PMBR) Ben Hunt University of Nottingham

  • D5 Cortical oscillations modulated by sustained attention: their role and development in childhood Marlene Meyer Donders

  • D6 Spatiotemporal expectations in complex sequences Simone Heideman University of Oxford

  • D7 UK MEG Partnership: Across-site scanner platform comparison using a standardised visual gamma paradigm Lorenzo Magazzini Cardiff University

  • D8 Linking visual behavioural performance to non-invasive neuroimaging measures of GABAergic function in Schizophrenia and healthy controls Laura Whitlow Cardiff University

  • E1 Investigating sensory brain responses in adolescents with autism - an MEG pilot study Robert Seymour Aston University

  • E2 Differential modulation of visual responses by distractor or target predictions? MaryAnn Noonan University of Oxford

  • E3 Switching between temporal and spatial attention in older adults: an investigation into age-related changes in underlying neural mechanisms Eleanor Callaghan Aston University

  • E4 A high resolution MEG study of predictive coding in action selection James Bonaiuto UCL

  • E5 Pathological alterations to resting state networks in motor neuron disease Malcolm Proudfoot University of Oxford

  • E6 Duration-dependent online effects of exogenously applied oscillatory current Magdalena Nowak University of Oxford

  • E7 Effects of the AMPA antagonist perampanel on MEG resting-state connectivity Bethany Routley Cardiff University

  • E8 The neural correlates of automatic imitation Victoria Schroeder University of Birmingham

  • F1 Expectation and attention to pain jointly modulate neural gain in somatosensory cortex Francesca Fardo UCL

  • F2 On the Potential of Optically-Pumped Magnetometers for MEG Elena Boto University of Nottingham

  • F3 Reduced Visual Gamma Power in Individuals at Ultra-High Risk to Develop Psychosis: Preliminary Findings from the YouR-study Hanna Thuné University of Glasgow

  • F4 Thalamus and hippocampus driven alterations in large-scale neural oscillations differ across the different illness stages of schizophrenia: an MEG resting state study. Tineke Grent-'t-Jong University of Glasgow

  • F5 Reduced Vis-Gamma in Multiple Sclerosis Patients Eleanor Barratt University of Nottingham

  • G1 Investigating phonological and cholinergic therapies for speech comprehension deficits in chronic aphasia using DCM for ERP Zoe Woodhead UCL

  • G2 Spatio-temporal dynamics of expressive language assessed by MEG in children evaluated for epilepsy surgery Elaine Foley Aston University

  • G3 Using MEG-MVPA to investigate the neural dynamics of abstract and concrete action representations Raffaele Tucciarelli RHUL

  • G4 An Exploration of the Difference in Oscillatory Resting State Networks in Controls and Patients with Schizophrenia Gemma Williams Cardiff University

  • G5 Investigating Dynamic Network Behaviour in Task Data George O'Neill University of Nottingham

  • H1 Duration Mismatch Negativity in Individuals at Ultra-high Risk of Psychosis: Preliminary Findings from the YouR-study Emmi Mikanmaa University of Glasgow

  • H2 A novel mutual information estimator for analysing M/EEG data and quantifying representational interactions between signals Robin Ince University of Glasgow

  • H3 Dynamic connectivity in resting state MEG Lucrezia Liuzzi University of Nottingham

  • H4 Motor-induced suppression of the M100 auditory evoked field in young people at risk for psychosis Marc Recasens University of Glasgow

  • H5 Using structural models of hippocampus to analyse MEG data Sofie Meyer UCL

  • H6 Measuring the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on auditory cortical activity using magnetoencephalography Martin Holding University of Nottingham

  • H7 Tinnitus masking and the Global Brain Model of tinnitus assessed using connectivity analysis in source space Oliver Zobay MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham

  • H8 Exploring Transient Dynamics in Simulated Large-Scale Neuronal Networks Jonathan Hadida University of Oxford

  • I1 Individuation of auditory information correlates with brain oscillations Chris Allen Cardiff University

  • I2 MEG signatures of auditory change detection Kanad Mandke University of Nottingham

  • I3 They don't talk to each other much: EEG phase locking to ~10 Hz flicker and the visual alpha rhythm Christian Keitel University of Glasgow

  • I4 Very Early Evoked Responses to Colour Stimuli Yoshihito Shigihara UCL

  • I5 Oscillatory Markers for Flexible Attention over Working Memory in Ageing Robert Mok University of Oxford

  • I6 MEG correlates of spontaneous fluctuations in RT Aline Bompas Cardiff University

  • I7 Exploring resting state networks in autism: MEG measurements of functional connectivity Thomas Petch University of York

  • I8 Very Early Evoked Responses to Square-wave Grating Stimulus Hideyuki Hoshi Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

  • J1 (Un)Consciousness and Time-series Complexity: A study with spontaneous EEG Dheeraj Rathee Ulster University

  • J2 Sparse Regression Methods for MEG source localisation Jonathan Davies University of Nottingham

  • J3 Single-trial latency extraction using multiple-component signal space projection (mSSP) Olaf Hauk Medical Research Council

  • J4 Brain lateralization and dynamics during face perception: An EEG-MEG effective connectivity analysis Vahab Youssofzadeh Ulster University

  • J5 Characterizing the neural oscillatory activity supporting visual imagery Angelika Lingnau RHUL

  • K1 An MEG Based BCI for Classification of Multi Direction Wrist Movements Using Empirical Mode Decomposition Pramod Gaur Ulster University

  • K2 Single-trial detection with MEG – application to target detection in images Hubert Cecotti Ulster University

  • K3 Developments at Ulster’s Functional Brain Mapping Facility for MEG Studies Girijesh Prasad Ulster University