Brain imaging: From functional mapping to mind reading


  • Epifanio Bagarinao Department of Integrated Health Sciences, Nagoya University


The human brain is a very complex system consisting of about 90 billion neurons and roughly 150 trillion connections. Because of this immense complexity, our understanding of the brain is very limited. Consequently, causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, autism, schizophrenia, and depression, among others, which affect individuals, families, and societies, remain largely unknown. However, in the last two decades, the brain has gained significant research attention as evidenced by several big brain projects or initiatives undertaken by governments across the world. Using non-invasive brain imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), these big brain projects have led to an explosion of neuroimaging data. Many of these data are freely accessible by researchers interested in doing brain research. In this presentation, I will give an overview on how these brain imaging data can be used to localize brain functions, identify the brain's functional and structural connections, and potentially "read" the mind.

About the Speaker

Epifanio Bagarinao, Department of Integrated Health Sciences, Nagoya University

Epifanio Bagarinao is currently an associate professor of the Department of Integrated Health Sciences, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine. His research includes investigating the effects of healthy aging in the brain's structure and function using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). He is also actively involved in the development and applications of real-time functional MRI. Prior to joining Nagoya University, he was a research associate at the Division of Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, where he did research on the development of a real-time functional MRI system and its application to pain management. Dr. Bagarinao obtained his PhD in Biophysical Engineering from Osaka University in Japan and his MS Physics and BS Applied Physics degrees from the National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines Diliman.




How to Cite

E Bagarinao, Brain imaging: From functional mapping to mind reading, Proceedings of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas 39, SPP-2021-INV-1D-02 (2021). URL: