Connecting European Neuroscience

Suliann Ben Hamed

Member of CARE (2016 - 2020)

Curriculum Vitae

Professional and academic career

2016 –  Direction of the Neural basis of spatial cognition and action group within the Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod (ISCMJ), Lyon, France

2014 – Research Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Center, CNRS-University Lyon I, Lyon, France

2002 – 2014 Research Scientist, Cognitive Neuroscience Center, CNRS-University Lyon I, Lyon, France

2000 – 2002 Postdoctoral position at the Brain and cognitive science department (supervisor, Pr Alexandre Pouget), University of Rochester, NY, USA

1999 – 2000 Postdoctoral position at the Institute for human physiology (supervisor, Pr Massimo Matteli), University of medicine of Parma, Italy

Honours and awards 

2016 European Research Council consolidator grant

2001 Schmitt Foundation postdoctoral award (University of Rochester, NY, USA)

2000 Schmitt Foundation postdoctoral award (University of Rochester, NY, USA)

1999 Fyssen Foundation postdoctoral award (University of Rochester, NY, USA)

General administrative and organisational experience



  • 2016-now : member of the Conseil Scientific of the NSCo Doctoral school (Université Lyon I)
  • 2016_now : member of the Executive Committee of the CERMEP-life imagine platform, Lyon, France.
  • 2016-now : chair of CARE de la Société Française des Neurosciences, committee on animal research in neurosciences.
  • 2016-now  : Member of CARE-FENS: committee on animal research in neurosciences.
  • 2012- : Founding member of the Eye movement Club, affiliated with the French Society for Neurosciences (co-founder, Pierre Pouget), the scope of which is to foster interaction between research in the field of eye movement research, and specifically between different study levels and methodological approaches.
  • 2013- : Member of the operating PRIMAGE committee (local platform dedicate to non-human primate MRI brain imaging)
  • 2012-2013: Member of the technical committee in charge of the selection of the 3T MRI scanner for the PRIMAGE platform
  • 2010- 2013: Member of the PRIMAGE committee (for the setting up and management of a 3T MRI machine dedicate to non-human primate neuroscience research)
  • 2011-: Member of the local animal research committee, CELYNE.


  • 2015- Academic editor at Scientific Reports
  • 2013- : Member of the Berthe Fouassier/Fondation de France scientific and reviewing board (Private Foundation dedicated to funding research in ophthalmology, and visual and oculomotor functions
  • 2010- Academic editor at PLoS ONE
  • Journal Reviews for Current Biology, Biological Psychology, Cerebral cortex, Journal of Neuroscience, Neuroimage, Vision Research, PLoS One, Journal of Neurophysiology, Biological Cybernetics, Rubriq, Frontiers, Visual Cognition, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computers in Biology and Medicine Experimental Brain Research, Neuroscience Letters, Social Neuroscience
  • Grant Reviews for the French National Research Agency (ANR), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the British Medical Research Council (MRC), the Belgium Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) and the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP), H2020 European program.
  • Expert for the European community: H2020 / ICT23 program
  • Sat on PhD and Research direction habilitation juries
  • Sat on University position selection juries

Research interests

My research focuses on the study of the neural bases of space representation, spatial attention, eye movements and their deficits, as well as on the study of the neural bases of multisensory integration and sensory prediction. I have a special focus on the contribution of the parietal and prefrontal cortex in these cognitive functions. My work relies both on studies in humans and in non-human primates. In my early research work, I have contributed to the description of the co-existence, in the parietal cortex of eye-centered and head-centered frames of references for encoding visual information (Duhamel et al., Nature, 1997). I have also demonstrated that visual receptive fields are dynamically updated as a function of the ongoing behavior (Ben Hamed et al., Cerebral Cortex, 2002).

More recently, my research has become highly interdisciplinary, associating multi-electrode recordings, functional magnetic resonance imaging and computational neurosciences. In particular, I have had a strong focus towards developing cognitive brain machine interfaces and describing the underlying mechanisms associated with their control, in the context of the enhancement and the restoration of the attentional focus. This work has a high translational potential, from fundamental research to applied clinical or open field research. A major achievement in the field has been to demonstrate the feasibility of a real-time access to the position of covert attention in space (Astrand et al., Current Biology, 2016). I am also investigating visual and tactile interactions in the context of impact prediction (Cléry et al., JNS, 2015, 2017) and peripersonal space representation (Cléry et al., Neuropsychologia, 2015) and how causal inference is encoded in the brain when processing and weighing incoming multi-sensory information.

Selected Publications

  1. Cléry J, Guipponi O, Odouard S, Wardak C, Ben Hamed S. (2018) Cortical networks for encoding near and far space in the non-human primate. Neuroimage. 176:164-178
  2. Cléry J, Amiez C, Guipponi O, Wardak C, Procyk E, Ben Hamed S. (2018) Reward activations and face fields in monkey cingulate motor areas. J Neurophysiol. 119(3):1037-1044.
  3. Cléry J, Guipponi O, Odouard S, Pinède S, Wardak C, Ben Hamed S. (2017) The prediction of impact of a looming stimulus onto the body is subserved by multisensory integration mechanisms. Journal of neuroscience, 37(44):10656-10670.
  4. Astrand E, Wardak C, Baraduc P, Ben Hamed S. (2016) Direct two-dimensional access to the spatial location of covert attention in macaque prefrontal cortex. Current Biology 26 (13), 1699‐1704.
  5. Wardak C, Guipponi O, Pinède S, Ben Hamed S. (2016) Tactile representation of the head and shoulders assessed by fMRI in the nonhuman primate. J Neurophysiol. 115(1):80-91.
  6. Guipponi O, Cléry J, Odouard S, Wardak C, Ben Hamed S. (2015) Whole brain mapping of visual and tactile convergence in the macaque monkey. Neuroimage. 117:93-102
  7. Cléry J, Guipponi O, Odouard S, Wardak C, Ben Hamed S. (2015) Impact prediction by looming visual stimuli enhances tactile detection. Journal of neuroscience, 35(10), 4179-4189
  8. Astrand E, Ibos G, Duhamel JR, Ben Hamed S. (2015) Differential dynamics of spatial attention, position, and color coding within the parietofrontal network. Journal of neuroscience, 35(7):3174-89.
  9. Cléry J, Guipponi O, Wardak C, Ben Hamed S. (2015) Neuronal bases of peripersonal and extrapersonal spaces, their plasticity and their dynamics: Knowns and unknowns. Neuropsychologia. 70:313-26.
  10. Guipponi O, Odouard S, Pinède S, Wardak C, Ben Hamed S (2015) fMRI cortical correlates of spontaneous eye blinks in the nonhuman primate. Cerebral Cortex, 25(9):2333-45.
  11. Astrand E., Enel P., Ibos G., Dominey P. F., Baraduc P., Ben Hamed S. (2014) Comparison of classifiers for decoding sensory and cognitive information from prefrontal neuronal populations. PLoS ONE, 9 (1), e86314.
  12. Ibos, G., Duhamel, J.-R., and Ben Hamed, S. (2013). A Functional Hierarchy within the Parietofrontal Network in Stimulus Selection and Attention Control. J Neurosc 33(19):8359–8369.
  13. Guipponi, O., Wardak, C., Ibarrola, D., Comte, J-C., Sappey-Marinier, D., Pinède, S. & Ben Hamed, S. Multimodal Convergence within the Intraparietal Sulcus of the Macaque Monkey. (2013). J Neurosci 33, 4128–4139.
  14. Wardak C, Ramanoël S, Guipponi O, Boulinguez P, Ben Hamed S. Proactive inhibitory control varies with task context. Eur J Neurosci. 2012, 36(11):3568-79.
  15. Wardak C, Denève S, Ben Hamed S. Focused visual attention distorts distance perception away from the attentional locus. Neuropsychologia. 2011; 49(3):535-45.
  16. Farbod Kia, S., Astrand, E., Ibos, G. & Ben Hamed, S. Readout of the intrinsic and extrinsic properties of a stimulus from un-experienced neuronal activities: Towards cognitive neuroprostheses. Journal of Physiology, Paris (2011).
  17. Ben Hamed, S., Schieber, M. H., and Pouget, A. (2007). Decoding M1 neurons during multiple finger movements. J Neurophysiol 98, 327-33.
  18. Ben Hamed, S., Page, W., Duffy, C., and Pouget, A. (2003). MSTd neuronal basis functions for the population encoding of heading direction. J Neurophysiol 90, 549-58.
  19. Ben Hamed, S., Duhamel, J.-R., Bremmer, F., and Graf, W. (2002). Visual receptive field modulation in the lateral intraparietal area during attentive fixation and free gaze. Cereb Cortex 12, 234-45.
  20. Ben Hamed, S., and Duhamel, J.-R. (2002). Ocular fixation and visual activity in the monkey lateral intraparietal area. Exp Brain Res 142, 512-28.
  21. Ben Hamed, S., Duhamel, J. R., Bremmer, F., and Graf, W. (2001). Representation of the visual field in the lateral intraparietal area of macaque monkeys: a quantitative receptive field analysis. Exp Brain Res 140, 127-44.
  22. Duhamel, J. R., Bremmer, F., Ben Hamed, S., and Graf, W. (1997). Spatial invariance of visual receptive fields in parietal cortex neurons. Nature 389, 845-8.

Suliann Ben Hamed

Institution, department: Institut des Sciences Cognitives, CNRS
Address: 67 Boulevard Pinel 69675 Bron Cedex
Phone: +33 4 37 91 12 40
Fax: +33 4 37 91 12 10