Gaëlle Desbordes, PhD

Instructor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Research Staff, Massachusetts General Hospital
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Massachusetts General Hospital - Harvard Medical School
149 Thirteenth St, Suite 2301
Boston, MA 02129   USA

desbordes at gmail.com
http://martinos.org/~gdesbordes/



Education

Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
PhD in Cognitive and Neural Systems, January 2007.

Laval University, Quebec, Canada
Master of Science in Computer Science, August 2001.

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France
Ingénieur Civil des Mines (~BA/MA in Engineering and Management), March 2001.

Lycée Pierre Corneille, Rouen, France
Classes Préparatoires (Math Sup, Math Spé), 1994-1997.

French Baccalauréat (high school degree), C series (Mathematics and Physics)
Mention Très Bien (with Very High Honors), June 1994.
 

Additional Training

Spring 2016: Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (20-hr course), Harvard Catalyst
Summer 2015: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: A 5-Day Professional Training for the Prevention of Depression Relapse (45-hr course), Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Spring 2015: Understanding Biomarker Science: From Molecules to Images (30-hr course), Harvard Catalyst
Fall 2014: Leadership Strategies for the Researcher (17-hr workshop), Harvard Catalyst
Fall 2014: Grant Review and Support Program (23-hr workshop + ongoing monthly review), Harvard Catalyst
Fall 2013: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials (37-hr course) at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Spring 2010: Course HST 584: Magnetic Resonance Analytic, Biochemical, and Imaging Techniques at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
February 2010: FreeSurfer Tutorial and Workshop, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Boston, MA
September 2009: Visiting Fellowship in fMRI, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Boston, MA
November 2004: Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course (Japan)
 

Honors and Awards

2017- : Mind and Life Fellow, Mind and Life Institute
2016- : Research Affiliate, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital
2016: Pilot Research Grant from the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital
2016: Harvard MBB Faculty Award from the Harvard Mind, Brain, Behavior Interfaculty Initiative
2016: Invited poster presentation at the NIH as part of the Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies (May 3, 2016)
2016: Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program Enrichment Award
2014-2019: K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01AT008225), National Institutes of Health
2014: Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Poster Award at the Integrative Medicine Forum at Harvard Medical School
2014: Travel Award, International Research Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) 2014
2013: Award: Martinos Center Neuroimaging Pilot Funding Initiative
2012: CompNet Travel Award, Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology, Boston University
2012: International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR) Poster Prize for an Outstanding Poster Presentation at the International Research Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) 2012
2012: CCARE Poster Award at the Science of Compassion conference
2010-: Francisco J. Varela Research Award from the Mind and Life Institute ($15,000)
2004: Okinawa Computational Neuroscience Course (restricted course with full fellowship)
2001-2004: Boston University Arts and Sciences Dean's Fellowship
2000-2001: Laval University Scholarship (Canada)
1999-2000:  Région Rhône-Alpes Scholarship (France)
 

Research and Related Work Experience

Apr 2014 - present: Instructor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School, and Research Staff (formerly Assistant in Neuroscience), Massachusetts General Hospital
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Boston, MA

Brain imaging studies (MRI, fMRI) in the context of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: meditation, mindfulness-based interventions, acupuncture.

Mar 2012 - Apr 2014: Research Fellow
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Brain imaging studies (MRI, fMRI) in the context of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: meditation, mindfulness-based interventions, acupuncture.

Nov 2009 - Dec 2015: Research Associate, Visiting Scholar
Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology, Boston University, Boston, MA

Investigating the neural mechanisms of different practices of meditation, using brain imaging (MRI, fMRI).

Aug 2006 - Nov 2009: Postdoctoral Fellow in Garrett Stanley's Neural Coding laboratory
first at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA,
then at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Neural population coding in the early visual pathway. Multielectrode data analysis and neural modeling.

May 2002 - July 2006: Research Assistant (Ph.D. student)
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Spring 2003: Teaching Fellow
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University, Boston, MA.

May 2000 - June 2001: Research Assistant (M.Sc. student)
Computer Science Department, Laval University, Quebec, Canada.

Fall 2000: Teaching Assistant
Computer Science Department, Laval University, Quebec, Canada.

Summer 1999: Visual C++ programmer (internship)
Fujisoft ABC Inc., Kamakura, JAPAN.


 

Service

Associate Editor, Mindfulness (Springer journal) (2015-).

Program Planning Committee Co-Chair, First International Research Institute (Japan) 2018 -- organized by the Mind and Life Institute (2017-2018).

Committee Member/Reviewer, Varela Award Standing Review Committee, Mind and Life Institute (2016-). Reviewing applications and making funding decisions for the Francisco J. Varela Research Awards.

Member, Think Tank on "Conceptualizing Compassion: A Heuristic Model" funded by the Mind and Life Institute (2016-).

Committee Member, Data Sharing and Replication Subcommittee, NIH Common Fund Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) Program (2015-2016).

Executive Committee Co-Chair, Emory-Tibet Symposium 2016 (international conference in India), Emory University (2015-2016).

Reviewer, NSF CAREER grant proposal (2016).

Member, Mindfulness Research Working Group, an international working group hosted by the University of Florida (2015).

Faculty at the 2013 CCARE Science of Compassion Summer Research Institute, a six-day conference to advance research on compassion and altruism through collaboration, dialog, inquiry, education, and research; Jul 20-26, 2013, Telluride, CO

Reviewer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Special Emphasis Panel: Education, Conferences, Training (study section ZAT1 PK23)
(2012)

Conference abstract reviewer: Ad-hoc reviewer: Active chapter member and past mentor at the Massachusetts chapter of the Association for Women in Science (2006-present).
Participating in events, workshops, seminars, etc. to promote the status of women in science. Mentored junior scientists in monthly Mentoring Circle.
 

Professional Associations

 

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Shapero, B. G., Greenberg, J., Pedrelli, P., de Jong, M., Desbordes, G. (2018). Mindfulness-based interventions in psychiatry. Focus: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry 16(1):32-39. doi:10.1176/appi.focus.20170039 [Free full text].

R. Sclocco, F. Beissner, G. Desbordes, J. R. Polimeni, L. L. Wald, N. W. Kettner, J. Kim, R. G. Garcia, A. M. Bianchi, S. Cerutti, V. Napadow, R. Barbieri (2016). Neuroimaging brainstem circuitry supporting cardiovagal response to pain - A combined heart rate variability / 7T fMRI study. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 374(2067):20150189. doi:10.1098/rsta.2015.0189

E. B. Loucks, Z. Schuman-Olivier, W. B. Britton, D. M. Fresco, G. Desbordes, J. A. Brewer, C. Fulwiler (2015). Mindfulness and cardiovascular disease risk: State of the evidence, plausible mechanisms, and theoretical framework. Current Cardiology Reports 17(12):112. doi:10.1007/s11886-015-0668-7.

V. Napadow, A. Li, M. Loggia, J. Kim, I. Mawla, G. Desbordes, P. C. Schalock, E. A. Lerner, T. N. Tran, J. Ring, B. R. Rosen, T. J. Kaptchuk, F. Pfab (2015). The imagined itch: Brain circuitry supporting nocebo-induced itch in atopic dermatitis patients. Allergy 70(11): 1485-1492. doi:10.1111/all.12727.

G. Desbordes, A. Li, M. L. Loggia, J. Kim, P. C. Schalock, E. Lerner, T. N. Tran, J. Ring, B. R. Rosen, T. J. Kaptchuk, F. Pfab, V. Napadow (2015). Evoked itch perception is associated with changes in functional brain connectivity. NeuroImage: Clinical 7:213-221. doi:10.1016/j.nicl.2014.12.002.

G. Desbordes, T. Gard, E. A. Hoge, B. Hölzel, C. E. Kerr, S. W. Lazar, A. Olendzki, D. R. Vago (2015). Moving beyond mindfulness: Defining equanimity as an outcome measure in meditation and contemplative research. Mindfulness 6(2):356-372. doi:10.1007/s12671-013-0269-8 [Pubmed] [Free full text online] [Preprint PDF]

G. Desbordes and L. T. Negi (2013). A new era for mind studies: Training investigators in both scientific and contemplative methods of inquiry. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7:741. Open-Access doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00741.

P. Condon, G. Desbordes, W. Miller, D. DeSteno (2013). Meditation increases compassionate responses to suffering. Psychological Science 24(10):2125-7. [PubMed] doi:10.1177/0956797613485603. see also press release

K. A. Garrison, D. Scheinost, P. D. Worhunsky, H. M. Elwafi, T. A. Thornhill IV, E. Thompson, C. Saron, G. Desbordes, H. Kober, M. Hampson, J. R. Gray, R. T. Constable, X. Papademetris, and J. A. Brewer (2013). Real-time fMRI links subjective experience with brain activity during focused attention. NeuroImage 81:110-118. [PubMed]. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.05.030. [PDF available here].

G. Desbordes, L. T. Negi, T. W. W. Pace, B. A. Wallace, C. L. Raison, and E. L. Schwartz (2012). Effects of mindful-attention and compassion meditation training on amygdala response to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6:292. Open-Access doi:10.3389/fnhum.2012.00292. see also press release

G. B. Stanley, J. Jin, Y. Wang, G. Desbordes, Q. Wang, M. J. Black, and J.-M. Alonso (2012). Visual orientation and directional selectivity through thalamic synchrony. Journal of Neuroscience 32(26):9073-9088 doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4968-11.2012 [PDF]

D. A. Butts, G. Desbordes, C. Weng, J. Jin, J.-M. Alonso, and G. B. Stanley (2010). The episodic nature of spike trains in the early visual pathway. Journal of Neurophysiology 104(6):3371-3387 doi:10.1152/jn.00078.2010 [PDF]

G. Desbordes, J. Jin, J.-M. Alonso, and G. B. Stanley (2010). Modulation of temporal precision in thalamic population responses to natural visual stimuli. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 4:151 doi:10.3389/fnsys.2010.00151

A. Boloori, R. Jenks, G. Desbordes, and G. B. Stanley (2010). Encoding and decoding cortical representations of tactile features in the vibrissa system. Journal of Neuroscience 30(30):9990-10005 doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0807-10.2010 [PDF]

G. Desbordes, J. Jin, C. Weng, N. A. Lesica, G. B. Stanley, J.-M. Alonso (2008). Timing precision in population coding of natural scenes in the early visual system. PLoS Biology 6(12): e324. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060324

G. Desbordes and M. Rucci (2007). A model of the dynamics of retinal activity during natural visual fixation. Visual Neuroscience, 24(2):1-14. doi:10.1017/S0952523807070460 [PDF]

M. Rucci and G. Desbordes (2003). Contributions of fixational eye movements to the discrimination of briefly presented stimuli, Journal of Vision, 3(11):852-864. http://journalofvision.org/3/11/18/, doi:10.1167/3.11.18

B. Moulin, H. Irandoust, M. Bélanger, G. Desbordes (2002). Explanation and argumentation capabilities: Towards the creation of more persuasive agents. Artificial Intelligence Review, 17(3):169-222. doi:10.1023/A:1015023512975. [PDF]

Book Chapters

B. G. Shapero, J. Greenberg, P. Pedrelli, G. Desbordes, S. W. Lazar (2019). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Chapter 13. In: Shapero, B., Mischoulon, D., Cusin, C. (Eds.) The Massachusetts General Hospital Guide to Depression: New Treatment Insights and Options. ISBN 978-3-319-97241-1. eBook

G. Desbordes (2015). Meditation. In: Boison D and Masino SA, editors. Homeostatic Control of Brain Function. Chapter 21. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199322295. Abstract (email me for full text)

G. Desbordes (2015). Recent findings on how contemplative practices affect the brain. In: Lhakdor G and Johnson B, editors. Cosmology and Consciousness II - Knowing and Action (A Dialogue Between Scientists and Buddhist Scholars). Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. ISBN 9789383441617. Abstract.

Conference Proceedings

Desbordes G, Negi LT, Pace TW, Wallace BA, Raison CL, Schwartz EL (2014). Effects of Eight-Week Meditation Training on Hippocampal Volume: A Comparison of Mindful Attention Training and Cognitively-Based Compassion Training. J. Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(5):A24. doi:10.1089/acm.2014.5059.abstract.

Desbordes G, Barbieri R, Citi L, Lazar SW, Negi LT, Raison CL, Schwartz EL (2012). Assessment of autonomic tone at rest and during meditation in a longitudinal study of an eight-week meditation intervention. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 12(Suppl 1):P46 doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-S1-P46.

Book Reviews

G. Desbordes (2017). Inserting meditation practices into psychotherapy: Yes, but... [review of the book Core Principles of Meditation for Therapy: Improving the Outcomes for Psychotherapeutic Treatments, by Annellen M. Simpkins and C. Alexander Simpkins] PsycCRITIQUES 62(12). doi:10.1037/a0040784. [Preprint PDF]

G. Desbordes (2016). On the relationship between mindfulness and Buddhism (hint: It's complicated) [review of the book Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness, by Edo Shonin, William Van Gordon, and Nirbhay Singh]. PsycCRITIQUES 61(23). doi:10.1037/a0040339. [Preprint PDF]

G. Desbordes and W. B. Miller (2014). Neuropsychology meets Dzogchen: A review of the current science of meditation from a Buddhist perspective [review of the book Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness: A Guide to Buddhist Mind Training and the Neuroscience of Meditation, by D. Dorjee]. PsycCRITIQUES 59(42). doi:10.1037/a0038042. [Preprint PDF]
 

Science Outreach

2018: Guest teacher for high school students enrolled in Harvard Extension School "The Science and Practice of Mindfulness" summer program

Taught and led discussions on human brain imaging and the neuroscience of meditation practices.

2008 - 2016: Lecturer and Staff Scientist with the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative at Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Contributed to the development and implementation of a 5-year Neuroscience curriculum for Tibetan monastics. Traveled to India in the summers of 2009, 2010, 2011 to co-teach this intensive course and in 2014, 2015, 2016 to conduct surveys and interviews in 3 participating monasteries. See poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience 39th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Oct 2009.

Lecturer for the Science for Monks program in Dehra Dun, India (Fall 2013).

Prepared and taught intensive 3-day course in Contemplative Neuroscience as part of a three-week program to introduce Tibetan monastics to modern science, co-organized by the San Francisco Exploratorium and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.

Neuroscience consultant at the International Conference on Science Translation into Tibetan (ICSTT), Atlanta, GA, 2010, 2011, 2013.

Contributing neuroscience expertise to the development of new scientific terms in the Tibetan language.

Math/Science tutor at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (high school), Cambridge, MA, Spring 2008.

Tutoring high school students, mostly minority, who will be the first in their family to attend college.

Math tutor at Rosie's Place (women's shelter), Boston, MA, Summer 2007.

One-on-one tutoring of disadvantaged women to prepare for General Equivalency Diploma (GED) tests before applying to college.

Volunteer for Science Clubs for Girls, Boston, MA, 2006-2007.

Mentoring middle school girls in free after-school science clubs, an award-winning program targeted at girls from underrepresented groups.

Media coverage (highlights)

2018: Self magazine: What Meditation Can - and Can't - Do for Your Health
2018: Featured in French documentary film on mindfulness meditation (broadcast on France 5: Enquête de Santé, May 2018)
2018: Featured in the Harvard Gazette
2018: Interviewed on live radio on The Leslie Roberts Show (Montreal's Newstalk radio CJAD 800 AM)
2017: Featured in French documentary film, "Les étonnantes vertus de la méditation" by Benoit Laborde (aired on Arte in Sept 2017 and Oct 2018)
2017: Interviewed on Science Vs. Meditation (Gimlet Media podcast) https://gimletmedia.com/episode/meditation/
2013: Science & Vie, a leading French-language popular science magazine (Oct 2013 issue)
2013: Woman's World Magazine (Dec 2013)
2013: Live interview on WBUR (Boston's NPR news station) Radio Boston show
2013: New York Times
2012: Work featured as a Research Spotlight by the Director of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and featured on their research blog
2012: The Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, the Harvard Gazette, the Epoch Times, the Philippine Star, the Dana Foundation website, Le Journal de la Science (French), and other national and international media outlets
 

Invited Presentations

Apr 2018: Guest Lecturer, Boston University, Boston, MA

Dec 2017: Invited Faculty, Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series (with CE credits) [offered by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy; Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion; and the David S. Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services]; Cambridge, MA

Nov 2017: Invited Speaker, First Annual Mindfulness and Compassion Conference, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Somerville, MA

Nov 2017: Invited Speaker, Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Dept of Psychiatry, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Nov 2017: Invited Speaker, Mechanisms of Mindfulness Bootcamp, Aarhus University, Denmark

Oct 2017: Invited Speaker, Compassion in Practice CME course, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Oct 2017: Invited Speaker, Nursing and Spirituality Conference, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

July 2017: Invited Speaker/Panelist, Summer Institute on Buddhism and Science, Mangalam Research Center, Berkeley, CA. Curated presentation summary (pdf), video interview: "Lost in translation: Meditation, neuroscience Tibetan Buddhism and the popular press".

Mar 2017: Invited Speaker, Association for Women in Science Massachusetts Chapter, Cambridge, MA

Mar 2017: Guest Lecturer, Integrative Medicine Fellowship Seminar, Osher Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Mar 2017: Invited Speaker, Rubin Museum of Art, New York

Mar 2017: Invited Speaker, Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Somerville, MA

Feb 2017: Invited Speaker, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Northeast Region Mid-Winter Convocation, North Andover, MA

Nov 2016: Guest Lecturer, Harvard Extension School, Cambridge, MA

Nov 2016: Invited Panelist, Special Topic Roundtable, 2016 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies (ISCS 2016), San Diego, CA

Feb 2016: Guest Lecturer, Boston University, Boston, MA

Feb 2016: Guest Lecturer, Harvard Extension School, Cambridge, MA

Feb 2016: Guest Lecturer, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Dec 2015: Guest Lecturer, Harvard Extension School, Cambridge, MA

Oct 2015: Yampa Valley Wellness Conference, Steamboat Springs, CO

May 2015: Sera Jey Monastic University, Bylakuppe, Karnataka State, India

May 2015: Special Guest Lecture at the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bangalore, India

Dec 2014: "Compassion meditation: Perspectives from affective science and brain imaging," Contemplative Studies Initiative seminar series, Brown University, Providence, RI

Oct 2014: New Dialogues Between Buddhism & Science: Pathways to a Healthy Mind, Ligmincha Institute & Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Shipman, VA

Sept 2014: Keynote Lecture, Institute for Mindfulness South Africa (IMISA), "Mindfulness Matters 2014: Science and Application in an Emerging Society," Stellenbosch, South Africa

Aug 2014: Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA

June 2014: Drepung Loseling Monastic University, Mundgod, Karnataka State, India

May 2014: Sera Jey Monastic University, Bylakuppe, Karnataka State, India

Apr 2014: "Effects of Eight-Week Meditation Training on Brain Structure and Function: A Comparison of Mindful Attention Training and Cognitively-Based Compassion Training," Center for Mindfulness 12th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators: Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Norwood, MA

Nov 2013: "Effects of eight-week meditation training on brain structure and function: a comparison of Mindful Attention Training and Cognitively-Based Compassion Training," Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (INSERM), Lyon, France

Nov 2013: "Recent findings from neuroscience on how contemplative practices affect the brain" and Panelist, "Cosmology and Consciousness II: Knowing and Action," a 3-day conference between Western scientists and Tibetan Buddhist scholars co-organized by the San Francisco Exploratorium and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives; Songtsen Library and Center for Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, Dehra Dun, India

July 2013: "Science of Compassion: News from the front by distinguished professors and researchers" public event, Telluride Institute, Telluride, CO

Apr 2013: "Why Compassion?" TEDx-style presentation, "Living Compassion" special event, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

Apr 2013: "Changes in brain activation after eight weeks of training in meditative practices: Comparing mindful-attention meditation and compassion meditation," Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Mar 2013: "The Science of Meditation," a public dialogue with Lama Zopa from Karma Thegsum Choling, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY

Mar 2013: "Changes in brain activation after eight weeks of training in meditative practices: Comparing mindful-attention meditation and compassion meditation," Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY

Dec 2012: "Changes in brain activation after eight weeks of training in meditative practices: Comparing mindful-attention meditation and compassion meditation," Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Nov 2012: "Changes in brain activation after eight weeks of training in meditative practices: Comparing mindful-attention meditation and compassion meditation," Metro-Area Research Group on Awareness and Meditation (MARGAM), New York University, New York, NY

Oct 2012: "Changes in Brain Activation after Eight Weeks of Training in Meditative Practices: Comparing Mindful-Attention Meditation and Compassion Meditation," Osher Center for Integrative Medicine seminar series, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Sept 2012: "The Contemplative Brain: Neuroscientific findings in meditation research," Annual Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, Amherst, MA

Sept 2012: Guest Lecturer: "Neuroscience and Meditation," Harvard Extension School, Cambridge, MA

April 2011: "A longitudinal study of meditation novices: Neural and physiological mechanisms," Workshop on Meditation and Brain Imaging, Depression Clinical Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Feb 2011: Guest Lecturer: "Neuroscience and Meditation," Harvard Extension School, Cambridge, MA

Feb 2011: "Meditation practices with major depression: What do we know?" Boston Meditation Research/Contemplative Science Working Group, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Oct 2010: Panelist on "Tibetan Buddhism's Encounter with Modern Science," The 2010 International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism, Atlanta, GA

May 2010: "Longitudinal study of mindfulness vs. compassion meditation training: Brain imaging and physiology," Osher Research Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Feb 2010: "Longitudinal study of mindfulness vs. compassion meditation training: Research design," Boston Meditation Research/Contemplative Science Working Group, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Apr 2006: "Fixational eye movements during short fixations," Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Feb 2006: "Small eye movements during short fixations in humans," Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Oct 2004: "Small eye movements during short fixations in humans," Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ.
 

Conference presentations and posters

J Dunne, C Raison, G Desbordes, LT Negi (2018). Panel: Advancing the Science of Compassion: Investigating the Role of Mindfulness and Cognition. International Symposium for Contemplative Research (ISCR), November 2018, Phoenix, AZ. (Panelist)

T Dumais, S Peters, E Moitra, E Loucks, Z Schuman-Olivier, SW Lazar, R Ferrer, D Vago, J Lipsky, J Lindahl, H Kimmel, L Sager, H Rahrig, P Acero, J Scharf, R Acabchuk, W Britton, G Desbordes (2018). A Systematic Review of Self-Related Processes as Potential Mechanisms of Action of Mindfulness-Based Interventions. International Symposium for Contemplative Research (ISCR), November 2018, Phoenix, AZ.

J Brewer, W Britton, G Desbordes*, E Hoge, C Fulwiler, C Kerr, J King, S Lazar, J Lindahl, E Loucks, Z Schuman-Olivier, D Vago (2017) (in alphabetical order). Mindfulness influences on self-regulation: mental and physical health applications. Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, Garrison, NY, June 2017. *presenting author

Cahn BR, Desbordes G, Rosati A, Hagstrom J, Jain F (2016). Panel: What mediates the effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression? International Symposium for Contemplative Studies (ISCS), November 10-13, 2016, San Diego, CA. (Panelist)

Negi LT, Mascaro J, Lang A, Pace T, Desbordes G (2016). Panel: Clinical Implications of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT). International Symposium for Contemplative Studies (ISCS), November 10-13, 2016, San Diego, CA. (Panelist).

Desbordes G, Kim J, Polimeni JR, Napadow V (2015). High-resolution mapping of somatotopic organization in the human insular cortex using ultra-high-field (7 Tesla) fMRI. Society for Neuroscience 45th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Oct 2015. (nanosymposium oral presentation and session chair)

Sclocco R, Beissner F, Polimeni J, Desbordes G, Wald LL, Cerutti S, Bianchi AM, Barbieri R, Napadow V. Investigating autonomic correlates of continuous pain in the brainstem through high-field fMRI. 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Milano, Italy, Aug 2015.

Romano MR, Worthman CM, Desbordes G, Dias BG, Hasenkamp W, Iuvone PM, Namgyal GD, Negi LT, Roesch LA, Samphel T, Ting LH (2014). Cross-cultural neuroscience education: teaching neuroscience in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Society for Neuroscience 44th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Nov 2014.

Desbordes G, Singleton O, Negi LT, Pace TWW, Wallace BA, Raison CL, Schwartz EL (2014). Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) yields significant changes in brain structure after eight weeks. The Science of Compassion 2014 conference, San Francisco, CA, Nov 2014.

Desbordes G. Longitudinal changes in brain structure after two different 8-week meditation training programs. Integrative Medicine Research Forum hosted by the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Nov 2014. (selected for oral presentation for Poster Synopsis Medley, and winner of the Poster Award)

Condon P, Davis J, Desbordes G, Makransky J, Robbins E, Dodson-Lavelle B. Is compassion good? The science and the conception of prosocial behavior (panel). 2014 Mind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Boston, MA, Oct-Nov 2014.

Desbordes G, Dorjee D, Hoge E, Kerr C, Lazar S, Olendzki A, Vago D. Can we measure mental balance? Scientific and contemplative perspectives on equanimity (panel). 2014 Mind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Boston, MA, Oct-Nov 2014.

Singleton O, Desbordes G, Negi LT, Pace TWW, Wallace BA, Raison CL, Schwartz EL. Longitudinal changes in brain structure after eight weeks of training in either mindful attention meditation or compassion meditation. 2014 Mind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Boston, MA, Oct-Nov 2014.

Beissner F, Polimeni JR, Kim J, Renvall V, Desbordes G, Wald L, Napadow V (2014). Ultra-high field fMRI of pain-related brainstem nuclei in single subjects. 20th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Hamburg, Germany, June 2014. Abstract

Desbordes G, Singleton O, Negi LT, Pace TWW, Wallace BA, Raison CL, Schwartz EL (2014). Amount of meditation practice predicts increase in hippocampal volume over eight weeks. 20th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Hamburg, Germany, June 2014. Abstract

Singleton O, Desbordes G, Negi LT, Pace TWW, Wallace BA, Raison CL, Schwartz EL (2014). Cognitively-Based Compassion Training yields increase in cortical thickness after eight weeks. 20th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Hamburg, Germany, June 2014. Abstract

Desbordes G, Negi LT, Pace TWW, Wallace BA, Raison CL, Schwartz EL (2014). Effects of eight-week meditation training on hippocampal volume: a comparison of Mindful Attention Training and Cognitively-Based Compassion Training. International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) 2014, Miami, FL, May 2014. (abstract selected for an oral presentation and travel award)

Desbordes G, Li A, Loggia M, Kim J, Schalock PC, Lerner E, Tran TN, Ring J, Rosen BR, Kaptchuk TJ, Pfab F, Napadow V. (2013). Evoked allergen itch modulates brain functional connectivity in Atopic Dermatitis patients. 7th World Congress on Itch, Boston, MA, Sept 2013.

Desbordes G, Barbieri R, Citi L, Lazar SW, Negi LT, Pace TWW, Wallace BA, Raison CL, Schwartz EL (2013). Longitudinal effects of compassion meditation training vs. mindful-attention training on brain and autonomic responses to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state. Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, Garrison, NY, June 2013. [poster PDF]

Desbordes G (2013). Effects of mindful-attention meditation training vs. compassion meditation training on brain responses to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state. Center for Mindfulness 11th Annual International Scientific Conference for Clinicians, Researchers and Educators, Norwood, MA, Apr 2013. (accepted for an oral presentation; cancelled due to Boston lockdown after marathon bombing)

Desbordes G, Barbieri R, Citi L, Lazar SW, Negi LT, Raison CL, Schwartz EL (2012). Longitudinal effects of compassion meditation training vs. mindful-attention training on brain and autonomic responses to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state. The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions, Telluride, CO, July 19-22, 2012

Desbordes G, Barbieri R, Citi L, Lazar SW, Negi LT, Raison CL, Schwartz EL (2012). Longitudinal effects of two types of meditation training on brain responses to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state. Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, Garrison, NY, June 2012. [poster PDF]

Desbordes G, Negi LT, Raison CL, Schwartz EL (2012). Longitudinal decrease in amygdala response to emotional stimuli after eight-week meditation training. 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, China, June 2012. [Abstract and E-Poster]

Desbordes G, Barbieri R, Citi L, Lazar SW, Negi LT, Raison CL, Schwartz EL (2012). Assessment of autonomic tone at rest and during meditation in a longitudinal study of an eight-week meditation intervention. International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) 2012, Portland, OR, May 2012. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012, 12(Suppl 1):P46 doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-S1-P46. [Published abstract]

Desbordes G, Raison CL, Negi LT, Schwartz EL (2012). Compassion meditation training modifies fMRI brain response to emotional images in novice practitioners. 2012 International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, Denver, CO, April 2012. (oral presentation)

Kelly ST, Stanley GB, Jin J, Wang Y, Desbordes G, Wang Q, Black MJ, Alonso JM (2011). Thalamic synchrony and stimulus orientation information transmission to cortex. Society for Neuroscience 41st Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Nov 2011.

Ting LH, Bauer-Wu SM, Desbordes G, Hasenkamp W, Hue GE, Iuvone PM, Jaeger D, Worthman CM (2011). Use of a Personal Response System enhances teaching of neuroscience to Buddhist monastics. Society for Neuroscience 41st Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Nov 2011.

Desbordes G, Lhakdor G, Samphel T, Tashi S, Sonam T, Thupten K, Paldon T, Gyaltsen N, Negi LT, Worthman CM (2010). Neuroscience in translation: exchanges between neuroscientists and Tibetan Buddhist monastics. Society for Neuroscience 40th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Nov 2010.

G. Desbordes, J. Jin, J.-M. Alonso, G. B. Stanley (2009). A Generalized Linear Model captures the fine temporal precision of thalamic responses to visual stimuli. Society for Neuroscience 39th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Oct 2009. (abstract)

G. B. Stanley, M. J. Black, G. Desbordes, J. Jin, Y. Wang, J.-M. Alonso (2009). Decoding visual motion from correlated firing of thalamic neurons. Society for Neuroscience 39th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Oct 2009.

Desbordes G, Hue GE, Negi LT, Raison CL, Taylor ND, Jaeger D, Kuhar MJ, Samphel T, Ram P, Worthman C. (2009). The Emory-Tibet Science Initiative: Teaching neuroscience to Buddhist monastics. Society for Neuroscience 39th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Oct 2009.

Desbordes G, Jin J, Weng C, Lesica N, Stanley G and Alonso J (2009). Timing precision in population coding of natural scenes in the early visual system. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. Conference Abstract: Computational and Systems Neuroscience (CoSyNe). doi:10.3389/conf.neuro.06.2009.03.325

Stanley G, Black M, Lewis J.P., Desbordes G, Jin J and Alonso J (2009). Population coding of ground truth motion in natural scenes in the early visual system. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. Conference Abstract: Computational and Systems Neuroscience (CoSyNe). doi:10.3389/conf.neuro.06.2009.03.133

G. Desbordes, J. Jin, C. Weng, N. A. Lesica, D. A. Butts, G. B. Stanley, J.-M. Alonso (2008). Invariance of spike timing precision within neural populations in the early visual system. Society for Neuroscience 38th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., Nov 2008. (abstract)

G. Desbordes, C. Weng, J. Jin, D. A. Butts, G. B. Stanley, J. M. Alonso (2008). Adaptation effects on spike-timing precision within and across LGN cells. Computational and Systems Neuroscience (CoSyNe) conference, Salt Lake City, UT, Feb 2008.

G. Desbordes, C. Weng, J. Jin, D. A. Butts, J. M. Alonso, G. B. Stanley (2007). How correlated is the neural code entering primary visual cortex? Society for Neuroscience 37th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Nov 2007.

M. Rucci, G. Desbordes, R. Iovin, F. Santini (2006). Fixational eye movements and the perception of spatial detail. Society for Neuroscience 36th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, Oct 2006.

G. Desbordes and M. Rucci (2006). Modeling the dynamics of retinal ganglion cells during natural viewing. 10th International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston, MA, May 2006.

M. Rucci, G. Desbordes, R. Iovin, F. Santini (2006). Contributions of fixational eye movements to visual discrimination. Vision Sciences Society 2006 meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 2006.

M. Rucci, R. Iovin, and G. Desbordes (2006). Fixational eye movements and the representation of natural scenes. CoSyNe conference, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2006.

G. Desbordes and M. Rucci (2005). A model of visual discrimination in the presence of fixational instability. Society for Neuroscience 35th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., Nov 2005.

M. Rucci and G. Desbordes (2005). Influences of fixational eye movements on the statistics of visual input: Implications for early visual representations. Society for Neuroscience 35th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., Nov 2005.

M. Rucci, G. Desbordes, and A. Casile (2005). Fixational eye movements and the neural encoding of natural visual stimuli: A theoretical perspective. Gordon Research Conference on Oculomotor System Biology, Lewiston, ME, June 2005.

G. Desbordes and M. Rucci (2004). Modeling the responses of LGN neurons during fixational eye movements. Society for Neuroscience 34th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, Oct 2004.

G. Desbordes and M. Rucci (2004). Discrimination of briefly presented stimuli in the presence and absence of fixational eye movements. Vision Sciences Society 2004 meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 2004. (abstract)

F. Santini, J.D. Watts, G. Desbordes and M. Rucci (2004). A system for experiments of eye movements contingent display. Vision Sciences Society 2004 meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 2004. (abstract)

G. Desbordes and M. Rucci (2004). Modeling the response of geniculate neurons during fixational instability, 8th International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston, MA, May 2004.

G. Desbordes and M. Rucci (2003). Stimulus identification in the presence and absence of eye movements, 7th International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston, MA, May 2003.
 
 

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