The BrainBox Initiative Conference

For Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Brain Imaging

27 – 28 September 2018

Highlights & Awards

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:

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.

Haya Akkad with prize

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.

You can view a full archive of all our poster submissions here.

Young Investigator Award Winner 2018, Dr Maria Ironside

Maria Ironside Young Investigator

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.

Read our interview with Maria here.

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.


Thank you to everyone who engaged with us throughout the conference. Here’s a collection of everything you had to say about #BBIConf2018.