Research Challenge

This prestigious international prize allows new researchers to gain valuable research experience and help kick-start their careers in neuroscience.

Call for entries is now closed

Overview

The Prize

The BrainBox Initiative Research Challenge looks specifically for integrated brain stimulation and brain imaging studies from those who aspire to build a name for themselves in this field. The techniques covered include fNIRS, TMS, tDCS, tACS and EEG.

Winner of the 2016 Research Challenge, Siddharth Kohli explains: “This is a unique and great opportunity to implement our ideas using state-of-the-art equipment. Personally, it provides me a great platform to exhibit potential applications of my work during my PhD, which is crucial as I start my career as a young researcher.”

The comprehensive prize will enable an early career researcher to complete a proof of principal or pilot study, boost their CV, learn new skills and make new valuable networking connections.

The winner will be fully supported with:

  • Loan of our equipment for up to 3 months
  • Expert technical help and product support from Rogue Resolutions
  • Sponsorship to enable presentation of the research at an international conference
  • Plus other opportunities to raise their profile in this area

To register for the conference please click here (abstract submission does not automatically process your attendance).

BrainBox Initiative Research Challenge

Helen Nuttall, winner of the 2016 BrainBox Research Challenge:
“The BrainBox Research Challenge prize has helped me enormously so far. It has been a driving force behind getting my new lab up and running and has helped me to prioritise my research whist starting out as a new lecturer. Setting up my lab has presented some technical challenges along the road, and having the product support and technical assistance from Rogue Resolutions has proven extremely useful in this respect.”

2017 Challenge Winners

Naheem Bashir, Research Challenge, UCL, BrainBox Initiative

Naheem Bashir

Naheem is a PhD student of the University College London under the supervision of Professor Peter Howell.

Rogue Resolutions will be supporting his award winning study, ‘using fNIRS and EEG to explore the neural basis of stuttering’ which will assist in his completion of his PhD in 2018. Naheem is currently using fNIRS to examine the variability of stuttering when speaking to another person and also uses tDCS to enhance existing speech therapy methods for people who stutter.

We will feature a series of blogs from Naheem over the course of the project.

You can view the initial interview with Naheem here.

Naheem Bashir, Research Challenge, Brainsight NIRS

June 2018 – Read Naheem’s latest post here.

Tegan Penton, King's College, Research Challenge, BrainBox Initiative

Tegan Penton

Tegan is a PhD student at King’s College, London. Her award winning study is ‘Investigating the Effects of tDCS in Autism Spectrum Disorder’; a multimodal study involving an EMG and fNIRS.

Transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) is a tool that is becoming increasingly used in the study of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Much of this work is based on what we know about the mechanisms of tES in neurotypical adults, but it is unclear whether tES acts in the same way in ASD. This project seeks to determine this by investigating the effects of tES on markers of brain excitability in individuals with ASD and neurotypical participants.

We will feature a series of blogs from Tegan over the course of the project.

You can read Tegan’s initial interview here.

April 2018 – Installation Successful – commence research! Latest update.

July 2018 – Latest news from Tegan

Since last checking in, we have completed data collection for part 1 of the study.

Overall, the TMS and tDCS protocol were well-tolerated by all of our participants. We are in the process of analysing the data. This means that we will hopefully have some findings to share with you and our participants very soon. We will now be focusing our efforts on finalising the design of part 2 of the study, which will be informed by the findings from part 1. We hope that this will allow us to replicate any effects observed in part 1 whilst also allowing us to investigate neural correlates of tDCS by using fNIRS.

Don’t forget:

Tegan will be presenting her research at the BrainBox Initiative Conference 2018, which will be held on the 27-28 September at the Wellcome Collection, London. Register to attend here.

How to apply

To enter, participants need to summarise their own novel research proposal which must be:

  • one side of A4
  • multimodal research

A panel of key opinion leaders within the field from a range of Universities will judge the entries and the winner will be announced at the BrainBox Initiative Conference 2018.

Call for 2018 entries has now closed. To register your interest in applying for the 2019 Research Challenge, please email brainbox@rogue-resolutions.com.