Surname : Bjorg
Phone : 04 91 32 40 40
Fonction : Chercheur
Grade : CRCN
Office : 3.08


My work is aimed at understanding local and large-scale dynamics of visuomotor integration and attention in non-human primate (NHP) cortical networks.

Current research focuses on complementarities and interactions between motor and parietal cortical areas during visuomotor behavior, and across different levels of arousal. We investigate this with multi-area laminar recordings, enabling the study of local (intra- and inter-layer) as well as large-scale (inter-areal) network dynamics.

We focus on the activity of individual neurons (Confais et al. 2012; Kilavik 2018) and of neuronal populations (Kilavik et al. 2009; Kilavik et al. 2010).

We want to understand how timing influences motor cortical activity across different scales (Kilavik et al. 2014; Kilavik & Riehle 2010).

Furthermore, we have particular interest in the dynamics of local field potential (LFP) beta oscillations (Kilavik et al. 2012; Denker et al. 2018; Torrecillos et al. 2015; Zaepffel et al. 2013), and their relationship to local spiking activity (Confais et al. 2020).

A major question is the potential role of beta oscillations in sensorimotor functions and network communication (Kilavik et al. 2013; Schmidt et al. 2019). We currently therefore study the role of beta oscillations in intra- and inter-areal functional connectivity in parieto-motor networks.


November 2019: Our FLAG-ERA project PrimCorNet for partnering with the HBP was accepted, and will run from 2020-23. The PIs in PrimCorNet are Brochier/Kilavik @ INT (Marseille), Georgia Gregoriou @ FORTH (Crete), and Sacha van Albada @ Forschungzentrum (Juelich).

May 2020: Our MSCA ITN project In2PrimateBrains has finally been accepted, and will run from 2021-25! The training consortium is coordinated by Kilavik/Brochier @ INT, and includes 11 Public and Private Sector Beneficiaries across France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Belgium and UK, and several Partnering Organizations. This project was in part made possible due to an initial financial aid obtained from the French ANR (mrsei), allowing to establish the consortium.


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