Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

We aim at understanding system-level dynamic functions of the human brain, mind, and body. The research, enabled by state-of-the-art technology and computational methods, leads to discoveries and technological breakthroughs that contribute to health and wellbeing. We bring together systems and cognitive neuroscience, biophysics, and biomedical engineering.

Illustration of combined TMS and EEG methods

Research

We focus on biomedical engineering, biophysics, and brain research. We combine experimental and computational methods and develop algorithms as well as new technologies to tackle major problems in human well-being and medical diagnostics. The levels of description range from molecular and cellular measures to noninvasive neuroimaging and behaviour. New generations of multidisciplinary scientists and engineers are educated by engaging them with cutting-edge science and technology.

The grand challenges in brain research are in better understanding the function of the human brain in health and disease, as studied in well-controlled and increasingly complex experimental settings, including during social interaction.

Ala-Laurila Lab

We study novel signal processing mechanisms and their adaptive dynamics at the synaptic and cellular-element level across the entire neural circuit of the retina.

Ala-Laurila Lab

Attention and Memory

In the Attention and Memory group, we investigate the neural mechanisms underlying attention and memory and the development of executive functions in healthy children, adolescents and adults, and in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Brain and Mind Laboratory

We are studying human cognitive, social, and affective functions in health and disorders. We use real-life like stimuli, such as movies and narrated stories, during fMRI and MEG/EEG, to engage social cognition and affective processes in experimental subjects.

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Cellular Biophysics

Our main interest is in the molecular mechanisms of photoreceptor signaling and increasingly in the mechanisms of neurodegeneration in certain retinal diseases.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Empathy Building Neuro-lab

In our lab, we study empathy in various social contexts: conflicts, politics, media, trauma and development.

Illustration by Yoni Levy; the “Virtual Reality” icon by Nikita Kozin is taken from thenounproject.com (CC attribution), and slightly modified.

Engineered Nanosystems

Our work aims at generating new insight on the physics and operation of photonic devices to improve their performance and to develop predictive physical models in close collaboration with experimentalists and enterprises.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Imaging Language

Our group's work is necessary for a scientific description of language processing in a healthy human brain, but essential in providing the groundwork for an informed and efficient description and treatment of developmental and acquired language disorders.

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Maculaser

Maculaser is a project aiming to develop and commercialize treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Medical Ultrasonics Laboratory (MEDUSA)

The goal of MEDUSA is to discover and develop new platform technologies exploiting non-linear ultrasonics for conducting therapeutic or diagnostic tasks.

Medusa GIF

MEG-MRI Brain Imaging Group

In the MEG-MRI group, we develop techniques and instrumentation for neuroscience and medicine, electromagnetic neuroimaging in particular.

MEG-MRI prototype and application

Molecular Nanoengineering

The Molecular Nanoengineering operates at the interface between nanoscience, molecular self-assembly, DNA nanotechnology and nanoplasmonics with particular focus on DNA-based artificial molecular systems with functionalities tailored for biosensing, nanoplasmonics and biomimetics.

Molecular Nanoengineering

Near-infrared spectroscopy and imaging group (NIRS)

The near-infrared spectroscopy and imaging (NIRSI) group at NBE is developing frequency domain instrumentation for High-Density Diffuse Optical Tomography (HD-DOT) primarily for neuroimaging applications.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Neuroimaging methods group (NIMEG)

We work at the intersection of neuroscience and neurotechnology by developing novel measurement and analysis methods for studying human brain structure and function, as well as applying these methods to address important and challenging research questions in both basic and clinical neuroscience.

Left: OPM and SQUID sensor layouts. Right: OPM-MEG measurement session.

Sensorimotor systems group (MOTOR)

We study structure and function of the healthy and diseased human sensorimotor system.

Sensorimotor systems group photos by Harri Piitulainen

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

TMS group conducts research on three interconnected areas: the group carries out neurophysiological experiments and develops methods for TMS–EEG signal analysis as well as instrumentation for TMS.

ConnecToBrain project, illustration by Otto Olavinen

Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (Salmi Lab)

Salmi's Lab for naturalistic neuroscience, attention, and ADHD research

MRI

Teaching

The Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering provides courses on Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral levels.

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Lecture on the BEST course in Life Science Technologies on 8 October 2019. Photo by Jaakko Järvinen.
Brain and Mind Symposium 2019 in Dipoli, Otaniemi. Photo by Jaakko Järvinen.

Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind

The Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind (B&M) is a doctoral education network for students at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University whose thesis work relates to the study of brain and mind.

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Students in front of whiteboard, photo by Unto Rautio / Aalto Material bank

Courses

Courses taught at NBE listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
TMS-EEG Summer School 2016, photo by Lari Koponen

Special courses

Summer schools, workshops and special courses taught at NBE listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

Aalto NeuroImaging (ANI) Infrastructure

ANI research infrastructure houses four functional neuroimaging modalities, navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) at Aalto TMS, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at Advanced Magnetic Imaging (AMI) Centre, magnetoencephalography (MEG) at MEG Core and Aalto Behavioral Laboratory (ABL).

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Aalto Yliopisto Brain Centre

Aalto Brain Centre (ABC)

ABC is a neuroscience and neurotechnology initiative of the Aalto University. ABC is a thematic center, formed by research teams of several departments of the Aalto University School of Science (Aalto-SCI), including the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering. ABC aims to stimulate synergy and collaboration in research on systems-level neuroscience, neuroimaging, and neurotechnology.

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News

Aivokuori seuraa äänen piirteitä hyvin täsmällisesti ymmärtääkseen puhetta. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto
Press releases, Research & Art Published:

The human brain tracks speech more closely in time than other sounds

The way that speech processing differs from the processing of other sounds has long been a major open question in human neuroscience.
ConnectToBrain mTMS / Northbay Oy
Research & Art Published:

Researchers preparing a new type of brain-stimulation therapy for clinical use

Patients with severe depression, chronic pain, or stroke could benefit from multi-locus TMS. The new project will try to make it cost effective and simple
Kuva: BrainSTIM-konferenssistudio.
Incidents Published:

Online version of neuroscience conference a great success

Presentations at the BrainSTIM 2020 conference were high quality, and the mood was kept light by the conference studio, a cake challenge and break-time workouts.
Picture: Mareike Bacha-Trams.
Research & Art Published:

Moral reflection can be seen in brain activity and eye movements

Research using films shows that different areas of the brain can be used flexibly as needed

Events

The Brain & Mind Computational Breakfast is on hold until September 2020.
Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Brain & Mind Computational Breakfast

A monthly breakfast and venue for informal conversation about topics such as artificial intelligence, neuroscience, human behaviour, and digital humanities. Welcome!
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of neuroscience and biomedical engineering, MSc (tech) Teemu Turunen

Title of the dissertation is "The role of basal phosphodiesterase activity in the regulation of mouse rod photoresponses”
The Brain & Mind Computational Breakfast is on hold until September 2020.
Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Brain & Mind Computational Breakfast

A monthly breakfast and venue for informal conversation about topics such as artificial intelligence, neuroscience, human behaviour, and digital humanities. Welcome!
The Brain & Mind Computational Breakfast is on hold until September 2020.
Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Brain & Mind Computational Breakfast

A monthly breakfast and venue for informal conversation about topics such as artificial intelligence, neuroscience, human behaviour, and digital humanities. Welcome!

Contact us

Health Technology House

Address: Otakaari 3 & Rakentajanaukio 2.
Open: Mon-Thu 7.45-20.00, Fri 7.45-18.00.

Otakaari 3. Aalto University Campus and Real Estate.

Magneettitalo building

Address: Otakaari 5 I
Mon-Fri 7.45-15:45

magneettitalo

Nanotalo building

Address: Puumiehenkuja 2
Mon-Fri 7.45-16.00

Nanotalo. Puumiehenkuja 2. Kuva / Image: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

Micronova

Address: Tietotie 3
Mon–Fri 8.00–16.30

Micronova cleanroom kuva: Aino Huovio
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