4-6th May 2016
Trinity College Dublin
by Edwin Dalmaijer
The INDIREA network met in Dublin in May 2016, to share knowledge on cutting-edge techniques in brain monitoring and stimulation. Researchers from Trinity College Dublin presented their most important and recent findings, and highlighted some of the possibilities that electroencephalography (EEG) provides through advanced statistical modelling and related techniques.
The final talk in this series was an honest and somewhat sobering investigation of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) that focussed on the extent to which these techniques can actually affect neuronal activity. The next day, all PhD students in the network gave 10-minute talks on their most interesting findings to date.
In addition to the scientific content, a full day of career training was organised for the PhD students in the network. The absolute highlight was an interactive session on grant writing, provided by INDIREA PI Masud Husain from the University of Oxford, during which he gave writing tips and shared some of his insider-knowledge on how committees assign funding to grant applications.
As per usual, the meeting also gave us the opportunity to informally discuss work (and personal life), and many new studies were conceived over drinks in a local pub. Fortunately, at least some of those turned out to still be great ideas the next morning.