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2022 Competition

 

What is Brainstorm? 

The BrainStorm Neuroscience Pitch Competition™ has a specific focus on funding for early-career researchers teamed with senior primary investigators, working on pilot studies to help them obtain grants for further research, with an additional strategic goal designed to incentivize the building of skills in translating complex neuroscience for a general audience through a pitch video. Finalists are guaranteed $30,000 in funding. The general public cast votes online for the best video for an additional $10,000 Audience Choice award.

VOTING OPEN OCTOBER 10-17, 2022
PLEASE ENJOY OUR FINALIST VIDEOS BELOW

 

How to Vote

PARTICIPATE ONLINE! Voting opens HERE October 10, 2022, and closes October 17, 2022

1

WATCH VIDEO PITCHES

Click below to view each pitch. 

2

EVALUATE FOR YOURSELF

Decide which proposal is the best based on the merits of the research area AND the pitch’s quality of communication.

3

CAST YOUR VOTE

There’s no cost to vote, but your donations help support future Competitions.

 

Each of the scientific proposals featured below have been rigorously vetted by our Scientific Advisory Committee and through formal peer review. You can rest assured that the science behind each of the proposals is rock-solid. Voting is free. 

An important component of the Competition is increasing the strength of scientists’ communication skills for the general public. As you watch each video, ask yourself “do I understand what this project wants to accomplish?”

2022 finalists

ComplEXIT-DOC: Complexity-enhancing drugs in treating disorders of consciousness

Paolo Cardone
University of Liège

What is the link between brain complexity and consciousness? Can psychedelics be used to increase brain complexity and thus, consciousness, in patients with disorders of consciousness?

Dreams on-demand: A new method to find out why we dream at night

Karen Konkoly
Northwestern University

What would you dream if you could dream on demand? What if you could change your dreams?

Molecular mechanisms of social isolation-induced cognitive impairment

Breeanne Soteros, PhD
UT Health San Antonio

An investigation of how social connection creates a biological “force field” protecting and preserving cognition.

thank you to our sponsors


Platinum
Drs. Alice and Sergio Viroslav

Gold
William Knox Holt Foundation

Silver
Johnny Clay Johnson
Jeff and Lindy Kerr
The Smothers Foundation

Past Winners

Ben Rein, PhD
BRAINSTORM 2021 Winner

Field of Study: SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

MERRIDEE LEFNER, PHD
BRAINSTORM 2020 WINNER

Field of Study: NEUROBIOLOGY OF MOTIVATED BEHAVIOR

Field of Study: COGNITIVE RESILIENCY

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