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The Cognomics Initiative

In the Cognomics Initiative, several excellent research groups from Nijmegen join forces to unravel the complex connections between genes, brain structure and function, and cognitive processes such as memory, language and those relevant for psychiatric disorders.

Our biannual Cognomics conference will take place online this year. Via a workshop format we aim to create as much interaction as possible.

Do not miss out on being informed about updates in the field of Cognomics by listening to exciting lectures from keynote speakers and attending breakout sessions with interactive presentations from junior researchers. Register now!

Registration v2 - Cognomics workshop

It goes without saying that participation is a great opportunity to expand your network and catch up with fellow researchers.

Like our past in-person conferences, the workshop will include keynote lectures, as well as smaller-scale breakout sessions in which junior researchers will get the opportunity to present their work in the presence of their peers and research leaders, providing time for discussion of each of the contributions. Leading experts will discuss innovations in characterizing the human brain for imaging genomics research and beyond, with keynote lectures on environmental effects (Lauren Salminen), genome screens of EEG traits (Dirk Smit) and virtual histology (Yash Patel), and transcriptomics of oscillatory activity (Genevieve Konopka).

The breakout session will provide you with a unique learning curve as discussions are chaired by experts from the ENIGMA consortium. Additionally there will be a prize for the best junior presenter and all participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by sending an email to

Preliminary program

28 and 29 June van 14.00-19.00 CEST

Each day will start and end with a keynote speaker. In between we will have a breakout session.

Time Day one Day two
14:00h : 14:15h Welcome Welcome
14:15h : 15:15h Yash Patel Dr. Dirk Smit
15:45h : 17:15h Break out session 1 Break out session 2
Small break
17:30h – 18:30h Dr. Lauren Salminen Dr. Genevieve Konopka
18:30h – 19:00h Closing Closing

The Cognomics Initiative:

  • Gathers data from thousands of participants from the general population in the BIG database, including brain images, genetic data and data about cognitive processes.
  • Facilitates research collaborations leading to scientific publications on the links between genes, brain imaging, and cognitive processes.
  • Organizes summers schools and conferences to foster knowledge exchange and collaboration in the broader field of brain imaging genetics.Cognomics logo