We hosted our first annual conference on the 10th November in London, which nearly 200 people attended in person and 100 people online. This whole-day event was full of inspiring talks from network members and guest speakers from multiple disciplines and perspectives. We were honoured to have Professor Steven Williams as our Keynote speaker, whose work focuses on improving access and application of MRI for global health studies using recent developments in Ultralow Field Neuroimaging in the Young.
Professor Paul Appelbaum gave an inspirational talk on recent qualitative work exploring the impact of genetic information on parents’ perception of their children (who already had a clinical diagnosis of autism) with relevant ethical considerations for child specific technologies.
Heta Pukki talked from her wealth of knowledge and experience about aspects to consider in relation to people with ‘lived experiences’ of neurodiversity. She highlighted the value of including lived-experience collaborators as equal partners from the outset and pointed towards already existing good practices to be aware of.
Over 30 Posters were displayed in the lobby, from which five Early Career Researchers were chosen to give rapid-fire presentations . Posters will soon be available electronically to member of the network along with recordings and slides from the day. This year’s poster prize was given to Dianna Ilyka and the runner up was Maheen Saddiqui.
The four awardees of our first set of funded pump prime feasibility studies (Dr Tobias Wood, Professor Sam Wass, Dr Chiara Bulgarelli, Professor Jo Hajnal) gave talks outlining their research projects and we look forward to hearing about the outcome of these innovative studies next year.
The conference was well attended by Early Career Researchers, Neurodivergent people and many experts in the field of neurotechnology.
We would like to thank everyone for attending and being part of this network.