UCL-CNT Early Career Investigator Award in Neuroimaging Techniques 2022 presented to Dr. Yichao Yu

by Stefanie Rudrich (Brain Products Head of Marketing)

On July 6, 2023, the “UCL-CNT Early Career Investigator Award in Neuroimaging Techniques 2022” was presented to Dr. Yichao Yu of CABI (Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging) at UCL (University College London).

Yichao received the award at the UCL’s Center for Neuroimaging Techniques (UCL-CNT) “Annual Lecture on EEG”. This year’s in invited speaker was Professor Miguel Nicolelis (Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA) who discussed “Brain Machine Interfaces: From Basic Science to Neuroprostheses and Neurological Recover” in his talk.

UCL-CNT Early Career Investigator Award in Neuroimaging Techniques 2022 presented to Dr. Yichao Yu

From left to right: Mark Lythgoe (director of CABI), Yichao Yu (2022 CNT Early Career Award winner), Louis Lemieux (Chair of the UCL-CNT), Miguel Nicolelis (2022 UCL-CNT EEG Lecturer) and Mario Bartolo (Managing Director of Brain Products UK).

Initiated in 2007, this annual award aims to acknowledge an exceptional contribution by a UCL student or staff member in the early stages of their career in the field of Neuroimaging. Brain Products GmbH and Brain Products UK are proud to sponsor the award, which includes a trophy, a cheque for £1000 and a certificate – signed by the President and Provost of UCL, Professor Michael Spence as well as Prof. Louis Lemieux (chair of the UCL-CNT).

This year’s winner, Dr. Yichao Yu, has been a valued member of CABI at UCL since 2011. He received the 2022 award for his achievements in the field of magnetomechanical stimulation (MMS). In particular, Yichao developed a method that makes it possible to selectively control astrocytes using an MRI scanner.

On behalf of the whole Brain Products and Brain Products UK team, congratulations, Yichao, on winning this award! We will continue to follow your research and wish you all the best for your future.


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