The Brainbox Initiative Conference 2019

For Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Brain Imaging

26 – 27 September 2019

Registration now open

The Brainbox Initiative Conference brings together rich, field-leading expertise in non-invasive brain stimulation and brain imaging. Our conference is unique in encouraging the presentation of groundbreaking research from neuroscientists at all stages of their careers, offering postdoctoral researchers and some of the most well-known names in neuroscience the opportunity to present their work on the same stage. Through bringing together such a wide audience, the Brainbox Initiative Conference stimulates new avenues for networking, discoveries, and collaboration in the field.

The Brainbox Initiative Conference 2019 programme features:

  • Keynote talks from:
    • Professor Helen Mayberg, MD, Rethinking Depression and its Treatment: Insights from Studies of Deep Brain Stimulation (Mount Sinai, New York)
    • Professor Hartwig Siebner, Opening Pandora’s Brainbox: A Stimulating Initiative (DRCMR, Denmark)
  • Talks and research from:
    • Dr Lennart VerhagenNext Generation Brain Stimulation: Non-invasive, deep, focal neuromodulation with ultrasound, (University of Oxford, UK)
    • Dr Eleonore Smalle – language learning in the adult brain with TMS-induced disruption (Ghent University, Belgium)
    • Professor Tim Denison, Designing Future Brain-Computer Interfaces (University of Oxford, UK)
    • Dr Axel Thielscher – Computational dosimetry to analyse and optimise the spatial pattern and strength of stimulation in the brain (DRCMR, Denmark)
    • Dr James DowsetttACS and SSVEPs (LMU Münich, Germany)
    • Dr Danny Spampinato – non-invasive brain stimulation to study motor learning (UCL, UK)
    • Dr Jennifer Chesters – using tDCS to augment speech therapy (University of Oxford, UK)
    • Dr Caroline Di Bernardi LuftCombining tACS and EEG to understand creativity (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
    • Dr Gesa HartwigsenFlexible redistribution in the language system: Evidence from combined non-invasive brain stimulation and brain imaging (Max Planck Institut, Leipzig, Germany)
    • Haya Akkad – Improving speech recovery after stroke, University of Oxford
  • Updates from previous Brainbox Initiative Research Challenge winners
  • Poster sessions and pitches
  • Research Challenge 2019
  • Young Investigator Award 2019, Dr Camilla Nord
  • Free-of-charge computational modelling workshop on Saturday September 28 (limited spaces) led by Dr Axel Thielscher (DRCMR, Denmark)

Brainbox Initiative Conference 2019 Programme

09:30 – 10:00: Registration & Welcome

10:00 – 10:15: Opening address from conference chair Dr Jacinta O’Shea

10:15 – 10:45: Haya Akkad, University of Oxford (2018 Poster Prize Winner)

10:45 – 11:15: James Dowsett, LMU Munich (combined tACS and EEG)

11:15 – 12:00: Poster pitch session I, posters 1-15

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch, networking, and posters

13:00 – 13:45: Keynote address, Professor Hartwig Siebner

13:45 – 14:15: Research Challenge 2016 Updates from Helen Nuttall and Siddharth Kohli

14:15 – 15:00: Poster pitch session II, posters 16-30

15:00 – 15:30: Coffee and networking

15:30 – 16:00: Life outside academia: Insights from Dr Roch Comeau (Rogue Research) and Dr Rory Cutler (Brainbox)

16:00 – 16:30: Lennart Verhagen, University of Oxford (transcranial focused ultrasound)

16:30 – 17:00: Eleonore Smalle, Ghent University (language learning in the adult brain with TMS-induced disruption)

17:00 – 17:30: Danny Spampinato, University College London (non-invasive brain stimulation to study motor learning)

17:00 – 19:00: Extended poster session

19:00 – 22:00: Social and drinks event at the Wellcome Collection, with access to museum exhibitions

09:30 – 10:00: Registration

10:00 – 10:15: Welcome and Poster Prize winner announced

10:15 – 10:45: Caroline Di Bernardi Luft, Queen Mary University (combining brain stimulation with neuroimaging to understand cognition)

10:45 – 11:15: Research Challenge 2017 updates from Naheem Bashir and Tegan Penton

11:15 – 11:30: Research Challenge 2019 Award Presentation

11:30 – 12:15: Professor Tim Denison, University of Oxford (bioelectric medicine)

12:15 – 13:15: Lunch, networking, and posters

13:15 – 14:00: Keynote address, Professor Helen Mayberg

14:00 – 14:30: Jen Chesters, University of Oxford (using tDCS to augment speech therapy)

14:30 – 15:00: Gesa Hartwigsen, Universität Leipzig (brain stimulation and neuroimaging in the study of the language system)

15:00 – 15:30: Coffee and networking

15:30 – 16:00: Young Investigator Award 2019 Presentation, Dr Camilla Nord

16:00 – 16:45: Dr Axel Thielscher, DRCMR (engineering and neuroscience)

16:45 – 17:00: Closing remarks and conference end

Please ensure that you have registered for this workshop separately to the Brainbox Initiative Conference. Registration for the Brainbox Initiative Conference does not automatically process registration for this event.

09:00 – 09:30: Registration at the Wellcome Collection

09:30 – 10:30: Introduction to NIBS-induced electric field modelling

10:30 – 12:30: Practical session (delegates will be asked to install software in advance of the workshop. All relevant info will be distributed in advance of the workshop.)

12:30 – 13:30: Group Q&A session & workshop close