Young Investigator Award

The Brainbox Initiative’s Young Investigator Award was set up with the goal of stimulating and rewarding the very best, novel neuroscience research being carried out by early-career academics.

Providing opportunities to share and promote your research at the Brainbox Initiative Conference, and rewarding your ongoing commitment to producing cutting-edge research, we encourage all early-career researchers with published research in non-invasive brain stimulation and imaging techniques to apply.

2020 call for entries is now closed.

Dr Davide Folloni

We are delighted announce that Dr Davide Folloni of the University of Oxford has been awarded the Brainbox Initiative Young Investigator Award for 2020 for the exceptional work that he is carrying out with transcranial focused ultrasound neuromodulation.

The Brainbox Initiative’s Young Investigator Award was founded in 2017 to help stimulate, promote, and reward the groundbreaking research that is being carried out every day by early-career neuroscientists using pioneering non-invasive brain stimulation and imaging techniques. Every year we receive a fantastic amount of high-quality research from neuroscientists at universities around the world, and we are extremely pleased to present Dr Davide Folloni with the 2020 award.

Davide’s winning research submission, using transcranial focused ultrasound stimulation (tFUS/TUS) methods in combination with functional resonance magnetic imaging (fMRI) techniques in macaque monkeys, seeks to investigate the relationship between brain and behaviour to describe the neural circuits underlying learning and decision-making.

Making use of the spatial resolution and depth of stimulation that tFUS offers beyond other methods of non-invasive brain stimulation, Davide’s research sought to examine the capacity of tFUS to selectively alter activity in subcortical areas, the amygdala, and even in a deep cortical region — the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC).

This research, Davide hopes, will pave the way towards future projects — with the non-invasive and reversible properties of focused ultrasound neuromodulation opening up possibilities of translating these tFUS online and offline protocols to humans.

“The Young Investigator Award and the possibility to collaborate with the Brainbox Initiative in the future,” Davide tells us, “will play a very important role in leading my future research in brain stimulation and neuroimaging as well as in the translation of TUS to healthy humans and clinical populations.”

We are delighted to award Dr Davide Folloni with the 2020 Young Investigator Award, and are extremely excited to welcome him to the Brainbox Initiative Conference this September where he will be presenting his research, his results and findings, and discussing the future applications of this work.

Young Investigator Award

The Brainbox Initiative’s Young Investigator Award aims to stimulate and reward the very best, novel neuroscience research by early-career academics. Current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to submit descriptions of their ongoing research and published papers with direct relevance to non-invasive brain stimulation and brain imaging techniques.

 

Each year, one Young Investigator Award prize winner will receive:

  • A presentation slot to speak about their groundbreaking research at the Brainbox Initiative Conference 2020 in London (including travel and accommodation bursary);
  • A £500 cash prize;
  • Ongoing support and promotion from the Brainbox Initiative and Brainbox Ltd;
  • The opportunity to work with the Brainbox Initiative as one of our Brainbox Ambassadors.

Call for entries for the Young Investigator Award 2020 is now closed, and we will announce our winner shortly.

Previous Young Investigator Award Winners:

Dr Nigel Rogasch, Young Investigator Award Winner 2017

Dr Nigel Rogasch

Young Investigator 2017

Dr Maria Ironside, Young Investigator Award Winner 2018

Dr Maria Ironside

Young Investigator 2018

Dr Camilla Nord

Dr Camilla Nord

Young Investigator 2019

Eligibility

Scope and Criteria

  • Applicants must be currently-enrolled graduate students or postdoctoral fellows within 5 years of gaining their PhD (excluding parental leave) and should be primarily responsible for the research described.
  • Applicants agree to presenting their results / data at the Brainbox Initiative Conference and other meetings as deemed appropriate for the ongoing promotion of the student in relation to the Brainbox Initiative and its aims.
  • All applicants must be first or second author on at least one peer-reviewed paper relevant to the field.

Applications should clearly and concisely describe current research, which demonstrates direct relevance to the practical application of non-invasive brain stimulation and imaging techniques.

The applicant’s supervisor should also send a letter that confirms the enrolment or postdoctoral status of the applicant along with details of the applicant’s contribution to the research.

How to apply

To submit an entry for the Young Investigator Award, applicants are asked to clearly and concisely describe a current research project which demonstrates direct relevance to the practical application of non-invasive brain stimulation and imaging techniques. This application should be supported by a letter from your supervisor confirming your enrolment or postdoctoral status, along with details of your contribution to the described research.

A panel of key opinion leaders within the field, the Brainbox Initiative Scientific Committee, from a range of universities will judge the entries.

 

Call for entries for 2020 is now closed.