Agustin Ibanez is a neuroscientist interested in global approaches to dementia and social, cognitive, and affective neuroscience. He is the Director of Latin American Brain Health Institute (BrainLat) at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI). Also, He holds international positions from the USA/Ireland [Senior Atlantic Fellow, Global Brain Health Institute-GBHI-University of California San Francisco and Trinity College Dublin)] and Argentina [Cognitive Neuroscience Center]. Agustin holds a track record with +120 publications in the last five years, including top-ten journals (e.g., Lancet Neurology, World Psychiatry, Nature Reviews Neurology, Nature Human Behavior, JAMA Neurology, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Brain). He has received funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), ANID (Chile), COLCIENCIAS (Colombia), DAAD (Germany), MRC (United Kingdom), CONICET (Argentina) and Alzheimer’s Association, Tau Consortium, GBHI, Takeda, and NIH/NIA (USA). He is the founder of critical regional initiatives, such as the Multi-partner consortium to expand dementia research in Latin America (ReDLat) and the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium on Dementia (LAC-CD). His work has been highlighted in the BBC, Nature, Nature News, Discovery Channel, Popular Science, Daily Mail, Newsweek, Le Monde, and Oxford University Press, among others.

Together with Dr. Parra, he has created the UK-Latin America Brain Connectivity Research Network (UL-BCRN), with links in the UK, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, and Costa Rica. He has created Mind Eco Labs (MELs), a group of scientists and innovators which combine behavioral insights, cognitive neuroscience and translational data analysis for organizations. He has directed or co-directed more than 25 postgraduate research projects. He has received prestigious international awards and grants, such as the Nelson Butters Award (International Neuropsychological Society, 2008), the Latin-American Grant (Society for Psychophysiological Research, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013), and the International Society for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry Award (ISNIP, Elsevier, 2011). He also has established current international collaborations with centers of excellence such as the University of Heidelberg (Germany), the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), The University of Sydney (Australia), and the Universities of California, New York, Caltech, Chicago, and Wisconsin (USA), among others. He is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Cortex, Social Neuroscience, and Scientific Reports. He has proposed the so-called Social-Context Network Model (a fronto-temporo-insular brain network engaged in contextual modulation on different social cognition domains). Dr. Ibáñez has previously applied this model to the study of frontotemporal dementia, as well as other neuropsychiatric conditions (autism developmental disorders, other neurodegenerative conditions, schizophrenia). He has proposed the study of specific brain networks in frontotemporal dementia and Parkinson’s disease; performed different studies in neurodegenerative diseases (AD, FTD, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, among others); combined EEG, imaging, and behavioral assessment in different conditions; produced several studies with behavioral and brain activation measures (hdEEG and fMRI) as well as brain connectivity tools in several neuropsychiatric diseases. His intense work has help South American translational neuroscience, by establishing a framework to engage basic scientists in translational science through internships, workshops, Masters and PhD programs; organizing educational activities for the medical community, focusing on cognitive neuroscience for general neurologists, biologist, psychologists, other health professionals, and fellows in neurology and other medical specialties; and developing an active, multi-institutional agenda to raise public awareness of neuroscience in South America. His work has been highlighted in multiple press releases, such as the BBC, Nature News, Discovery Channel, Popular Science, Daily Mail, Newsweek, Le Monde, and Oxford University Press, among many others.  


2020 - Present
Director. Brainlat . Latin American Brain Health Institute, Adolfo Ibañez University, Chile.

2020 - 2021
Director. CNC. Cognitive Neuroscience Center San Andres University, Argentina.

2019 - Present
Senior Atlantic Fellow of the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) at California University, San Francisco UCSF

2019 - 2020
Visiting Fellow Advanced Studies Center(CAS) Munich University, Germany

2018 - Present
International Scientific Advisory Board. The United Consortium.

2018 - 2020
Co-Director. Neurosciences and Public Policy Institute, INECO Foundation

2017 - Present
International Scientific Advisory Board. The Human Affectome Project.

2017 - 2019
Technical Director. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Regional Public Goods Project “Behavioral Insight group for social protection and health policies: A lifespan approach”

2016 - Present
Researcher Full Professor, Center of Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, Adolfo Ibáñez University, Chile

2016 - 2020
Director. Institute of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience (INCYT, CONICET-FAVALORO-INECO), Argentina

2014 - 2020
Associate Researcher, Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), Australian Research Council (ARC), Australia

2013 - 2016
Co-director NUFIN (Diego Portales University - INECO Foundation for Neurosciences), Chile

2009 - Present
CIC Member, CONICET, Argentina

Current positions


His work has been highlighted in multiple press releases, such as the BBC, Nature News, Discovery Channel, Popular Science, Daily Mail, Newsweek, Le Monde, and Oxford University Press, among many others.


12-2020. Neurology Blogs. Can Global Health Diplomacy Reduce the Global Burden of Brain Disorders? Info
12-2020. Noticias UAI Web. BrainLat UAI: researching brain health internationally. Info
11-2020. La Nacion. Distractions: Why are mental ramblings so common. Info
11-2020. La Nacion. Neuroscience: Are judges and lawyers free from bias in judging criminal actions? Info
11-2020. La Tercera. Blind justice? Study investigated how language, emotions and intentionality influence judges and lawyers. Info
10-2020. Intramed Web. The power of dementia expertise in Latin America. Info
010-2020. Gente Magazine. A Spanish city speaks backwards and intrigues neuroscientists. Info
10-2020. Noticias UAI Web. Are judges and lawyers free from bias in their moral judgment of criminal actions? Info
10-2020. DICYT. Are judges and lawyers free from bias in their moral judgment of criminal actions? Info
10-2020. La Tercera. Algorithms will help in the early detection of Alzheimer's Info
08-2020. La Nacion. How to train students for jobs that do not yet exist. Info
08-2020. La Nacion. Study: What trait people would associate with support for measures against Covid-19. Info
08-2020. Sci Dev Net. Experts encourage regional cooperation to address dementia Info
08-2020 Intramed Web. The behavioral sciences in the coronavirus era. Info
08-2020. El Arcon with Nora Bar. Radio New Career on Behavioral Science Info
08- Dialoga. The Faces of Words: How Does the Brain Build Meanings? Info
07-2020. Noticias UAI Health and brain capital in post-pandemic.Info
07-2020. Infobae. Why dementia patients in Latin America are more exposed to COVID-19 Info
05-2020 La Tercera Chile. The pandemic of loneliness: why is it so hard for us to be locked up? Info
04-2020 Family On Podcast.How to help preventing dementia? Info
04-2020 Family On Podcast. Dementia, changes and indicators? Info
02-2020 Nature Podcast. Working Scientist podcast: How to get media coverage for your research. Info
02-2020 La Nacion Journal Mario Bunge: the philosopher of an insatiable curiosity and a strong opponent to pseudosciences. Info
01-2020 CNN en Español. Dementia, a crisis that threatens Hispanics. Info
01-2020. Intramed Web. Neurodegenerative diseases. They increased exponentially. Info
11-2019 GBHI News. Global Brain Health Leader Awards For Dementia Prevention, Care And Support Announced. Info
09-2019  Talking about the challenges and opportunities to address dementia in Latin America and Peru. Info
07-2019  Atlantic Fellow Conversations. Podcast. Info
07-2019  Noticias UAI. The impact of cognitive, affective and social Neurosciences. +Info

05-2019  La Nacion journal. What are the knowledge-based services that Argentina exports.+Info

05-2019  Radio 580 Cordoba. Agustin Ibanez on an investigation of the mechanisms addiction to the paco and the effects of the drug.+Info
05-2019   Que pasa. Diario de Chile. Estudio muestra cambios en cerebro de jóvenes encarcelados. +Info

03-2019  Noticias UAI Web. Knowledge based innovation. +Info

02-2019   Diario La Nacion Del Dante a Rodin y Doisneau, relecturas sobre el beso en la semana del amor. +Info

02-2019  La Nacion journal. Crucial advance to know if a person is conscious or not. +Info

01-2019   Duna Radio Chile. How the human brain adapts and relates to technological advances. +Info
01-2019  Perfil Web. The use of social network impairs memory. + Info

01-2019   Radio Duna Chile. The problem of the technologies is not whether they are good or bad, it is that we are cyborgs and we do not realize .+ Info

01-2019 La Tercera Journal Chile. Study reveals that institutionalized young people have a deficit in soft cognitive abilities. + Info

12-2018 Global Brain Health Institute. Dementia in latin america: assessing the present and envisioning the future + Info

11-2018 La Capital journal. Rosario, headquarters of experts in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and cancer research.+ Info

11-2018 Clarin journal. Why are there more homicides on weekends? + Info

09-2018 La Voz del Interior Web. Neurosciences: it's time to develop state policies. + Info

09-2018 El Dia Web. Chile. Failures in language are discovered in patients with Parkinson's. .+ Info

08-2018 Penco Web. The PENCO Platform held its first event open to the community.

08-2018 Isel TV. Cognitive neurosciences. + Info

07-2018 La Mentee Meravigliosa. Schadenfreude: gioia per le disgrazie altrui..+ Info

07-2018 Radio Vorterix. The peace process in Colombia. + Info

07-2018 Conicet Santa Fe Web. In South America & Africa, dementia is devastating. + Info

07-2018 Cronica Web. An Argentine scientist works on the reintegration of ex-guerrillas and paramilitaries in Colombia. I+ Info

07-2018 Aimdigital. All demented. + Info

06-2018 Clarin Journal. The dilemmas of boredom: is it good or bad?+ Info

06-2018 Agencia CyTA. Online. Argentine scientist works on a project to improve the reintegration of former guerrillas and paramilitaries in Colombia + Info

05-2018 CNN Web. A girl who was born without a third of her brain exceeds medical prognosis. + Info

05-2018 Diario La Nacion. Vinculan las neurociencias con las políticas públicas. + Info

05-2018 Perfil Journal. Manes presented an institute to improve public policies from the neurosciences. + Info

05-2018 Infobae Journal. Along with Francisco de Narváez and Juan Manuel Urtubey, Facundo Manes launched a science and policy institute. + Info

05-2018 Scientific America Colombia after violence. + Info

04-2018 Blog IADB. Can We Anticipate The Silent Tsunami Of Dementia In Latin America? + Info

04-2018 Clarin journal. It amazes scientists: she lacks 90% of the frontal cortex of the brain, but can walk and talk. + Info

04-2018 la Nacion Journal. Science: eight years old, part of the brain is missing and his case challenges doctors.+ Info

03-2018 Infobae. Dementias in elderly people in Latin America will quadruple by the year 2050. + Info

02-2018 Quiunidun E-magazine. Motor training improves the comprehension of texts in which action verbs appear.

01-2018 Clarin Journal. The impact of technology on memory. + Info

01-2018. UAI Web Superelderly: The new trend in old people. + Info

12-2017. La voz Research of the LPEN-INCYT chosen among the 10 Argentine scientific advances of the year.

12-2017. La Nacion journal. Researchers develop a rapid, accurate and economic test to detect Parkinson's in early stages. + Info

11-2017. Oxford University Press A neurocognitive view on the dimensions of Schadenfreude and envy. + Info

10-2017. La Nacion Journal. Envy and pleasure from the suffering of others may be early markers of a type of dementia. + Info

10-2017 Si San Juan. Informative Service. The technological revolution of knowledge is very accelerated and before we know it, it infiltrates our lives in a massive way. + Info .

10-2017. Diario de Cuyo Journal. Technology: they say that use should be limited in children. + Info

10-2017. Radio Nacional- What do we talk when we talk about Tango Brain. + Info

09-2017 La Ultima Noticia Journal. Researchers discover area of ​​the brain that rejoices in the misfortune of others. + Info

09-2017. El Cronista journal IADB and Ineco will study the conduct to elaborate public policies. + Info

08-2017 La Nacion journal. Learning from the big: It's never too late to start over . + Info

08-2017 Web page UAI. CSCN UAI study on terrorists hits international media . + Info

07-2017 El Pais, Uruguay. In the head of terror. + Info

07-2017 La Nacion journal. Argentine scientists unravel the moral judgment of terrorists and identify how to detect frontotemporal dementia. Info

06-2017 La Nacion +. TV. Moral evaluation in terrorist. + Info

06-2017 Perfil journal. Conicet scientists reveal moral code of terrorists. + Info

06-2017 Infobae journal. A scientific study uncovered a key abnormal pattern in the moral judgments of terrorists. + Info

06-2017 Nature Human Behaviour. Understanding and countering terrorism. + Info

06-2017 Dennik Journal. Moral evaluation in terrorist. + Info

06-2017 BBC Web. Terrorists' moral judgment probed in psychology test. + Info

06-2017 Popular Science Web. Scientists are trying to get inside the mind of a terrorist. + Info

06-2017 Seeker Web. Study of Convicted Terrorists Reveals Deviant Moral Judgment. + Info

06-2017 Mail on line Web. Inside the mind of a terrorist: Radicals justify violent actions by focusing only on the end result, study claims. + Info

06-2017 Pacific Standard Web. For Terrorists, morality has a different meaning. + Info

06-2017 Researchgate Web. The moral judgement of terrorists. + Info

06-2017 International Bussines Time UK Web Terrorism psychology: How terrorists justify carrying out atrocities to themselves. + Info

06-2017 Agencia Iberoamericana para la difusión de la ciencia y la tecnología Una investigación profundiza en los patrones cognitivos anormales de los terroristas. + Info

06-2017 Videnskab dk Web Investigation of terrorists: therefore, they kill without moral distress. + Info

06-2017 The British Pyschological Society. On psychological tests comparing 66 terrorists with controls, one key difference stood out. + Info

06-2017 Diario de Cuyo journal. We must develop an informed, critical and committed view. Info

06-2017 La Segunda Journal. Terrorists do not look like psychopaths but rather sociopaths.

06-2017. El Mercurio de Antofagasta journal. People are not aware of their internal body state. + Info

06-2017. El Austral journal. People are not aware of their internal body state. + Info

06-2017. El Llanquihue journal. People are not aware of their internal body state. + Info

06-2017. El Austral de Osorno journal. People are not aware of their internal body state. + Info

06-2017. El Mercurio de Valparaiso journal. People are not aware of their internal body state . + Info

05-2017 Publico. Pt. Web Los terroristas tienen una distorcion del juicio moral. + Info

05-2017. Web Le Monde. Quand le cerveau révèle une incroyable capacité de résilience. + Info

02-2017. Web Conicet. Neurociencias cognitivas aplicadas al sector del conocimiento. + Info

02-2017. La Nacion Journal. Demencias en la vejez: pequeños cambios pueden ayudar a reducir el riesgo. + Info

02-2017. El Tiempo Journal- El riesgo de Demencia se prodria reducir. + Info


Agustin is thrilled by the innovative application of knowledge about human behavior from neuroscience, social psychology, and cognitive science. He combines different approaches from translational science (experimental data analytics and big/fast/small data), cognitive neuroscience, behavior insights and models of cultural and digital innovation, to provide tailored solutions for different organizations (see examples here) . The recent technological transformations have reconfigured the borders and possibilities of organizations. The multimodal knowledge about human behavior (social, emotional and cognitive roots) represents a fundamental guide to incorporate technological advances and scientific knowledge in order to successfully face the challenges of future organizations.

Agustin has created MindEcoLabs (MELs), a team of multidisciplinary researchers and innovators who apply findings and models from neuroscience, social psychology, cognitive science, and related disciplines to create value and address operational challenges in today’s corporate world. We excel at building models that combine translational science (with experimental interventions), cognitive neuroscience, behavioral insights, and cultural innovation models, together with data analytics in order to design and implement sustainable business solutions.

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