BrainBox Initiative Conference 2018 Highlights
For Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Brain Imaging.
The BrainBox Initiative Conference brought together rich, field-leading expertise in brain stimulation and brain imaging. Our conference was designed specifically to encourage the presentation of groundbreaking research, and to encourage neuroscientists from all stages of their careers to meet, network, discover, and exchange ideas with their peers and establish exciting new opportunities to collaborate.
The BrainBox Initiative Conference 2018 programme included:
- Keynote – Professor Zoe Kourtzi, University of Cambridge
- Keynote – Professor Yoshikazu Ugawa, Fukushima Medical University
- The latest research from early-career researchers, Dr James Bonaiuto, Dr Camilla Nord, Dr Marc Bächinger, Dr Lucia Li, Dr Benedikt Zoefel, Isabel Glover, and Sophie Esterer
- ‘Preparing to Stimulate – Ethics and Research Design’ with Professor Kate Watkins and Professor Joseph Devlin
- Updates from 2017 Research Challenge winners, Naheem Bashir and Tegan Penton
- Poster pitches and session.
Poster Prize Winner 2018, Haya Akkad
Researchers were invited to submit abstracts for inclusion in the BrainBox Initiative Conference poster session, particularly in the area of non-invasive brain imaging and stimulation. All poster submissions were supported by a three-minute presentation to elucidate the findings of their research.
This year’s successful poster presentation winner was Haya Akkad of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oxford, with her research on Improving motor learning via phase-amplitude coupled theta-gamma tACS.
Professor of Neurophysiology Walter Paulus, University of Göttingen judged and awarded this year’s prize.
Young Investigator Award Winner 2018, Dr Maria Ironside
Congratulations to Dr Maria Ironside, winner of the BrainBox Initiative Young Investigator Award 2018. The BrainBox Initiative Scientific Committee were extremely impressed with Maria’s research, ‘Cognitive and neural mechanisms of action of frontal cortex stimulation and its implications for the treatment of depression and anxiety’ and chose her as the successful Young Investigator Award winner for 2018.
The BrainBox Initiative Young Investigator Award seeks to stimulate and reward novel neuroscience research. The Young Investigator Award winner received a presentation slot to speak at the BrainBox Initiative Conference 2018, a £500 cash prize, and will also receive ongoing support and promotion from the BrainBox Initiative and Rogue Resolutions.
Research Challenge Winners 2018
We are proud to announce that this year’s Research Challenge saw two successful winners, who will both receive a loan of equipment, expert technical help from our team, sponsorship to visit an international conference to share their research, and ongoing support and promotion from the BrainBox Initiative.
This year’s winners are:
- Kathy Ruddy of Whelan Lab, Trinity College Dublin, for her project ‘Late-cortical disinhibition as a mechanism to upregulate excitability of the corticospinal pathway after stroke’.
- Mirja Steinbrenner of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, King’s College London, for her research into ‘Reduction of cerebral excitation through combination of GSR biofeedback and tDCS’.
Be sure to stay tuned as we publish ongoing, regular updates on the progress of the research being carried out by our two winners.