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FENS provides support in the form of travel grants of up to € 1.000 each (for in-person attendance) or waived registrations (for virtual attendance) to facilitate young investigators (MSc to Postdoc level)’ attendance to SONA conference 2021.

The grant recipients are :

Alfred Yamoah

Alfred Yamoah is a final year Euron PhD candidate at RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and Maastricht University (The Netherlands). After graduating in MSc. Biomedical Engineering, he developed interest in Neuroscience research. His PhD research focuses on autophagy, RNA binding proteins and endoplasmic reticulum chaperones pathomechanisms in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and retinal degeneration of rd10 mouse model of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).

Hanna Dumanska

My name is Hanna Dumanska. I’ve been interested in Neuroscience for last sixteen years. I’m Postdoc at Department of Neuronal Networks Physiology, Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. I’m neuroscientist, electrophysiologist and biophysicist. Broadly, research interests focus on the visual functions in physiology and pathophysiology contexts. Specifically, I am interested in studying visual retinocollicular signals transmission under normal and hypoxic conditions. During the past few years, I have successfully worked on identifying basic processes and mechanisms underlying the early stage of hypoxic injury in the visual retinocollicular pathway. The results of my work could benefit the future treatment of navigation, orientation, and visual attention impairments that are involved in several neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Indranath Chatterjee

Dr. Indranath Chatterjee is working as a Visting Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Tongmyong University, Busan, South Korea. He received his Ph. D. in Computational Neuroscience from the Department of Computer Science, University of Delhi, Delhi, India. His research areas include Computational Neuroscience, Schizophrenia, Medical Imaging, fMRI, and Machine learning. He is the author of four textbooks on Computer Science published by renowned international publishers. To date, he has published numerous research papers in international journals and conferences. He is a recipient of various global awards on neuroscience. He is currently serving as a Chief Section Editor of a few renowned international journals and serving as a member of the Advisory board and Editorial board of various international journals and Open-Science organizations worldwide. He is presently working on several projects of government & non-government organizations as PI/co-PI, related to medical imaging and machine learning for a broader societal impact, in collaboration with several universities globally. He is an active professional member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM, USA), Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM, USA), Federations of European Neuroscience Society (FENS, Belgium), Association for Clinical Neurology and Mental Health (ACNM, India), and International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF, Sweden).

Solomon Merepa

Solomon Merepa completed his undergraduate training in Doctor of Optometry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana in 2012. He then worked as a teaching and research assistant at KNUST and also engaged in clinical optometry practice for a year before pursuing Translational Neuroscience (MSc) at the University of Sheffield, UK, in 2013. He returned to KNUST as an assistant lecturer in Optometry until 2017 when he enrolled as a DPhil student in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, UK. Currently based in the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology (NLO), his DPhil research focuses on identifying novel genes involved in inherited retinal dystrophies using gene sequencing and molecular biology techniques. His research interests include neurodegeneration, neuroprotection, retinal degeneration and gene therapy for inherited retinal dystrophies.