2015 Kollar Award Recipients

Congratulations to our first Laszlo and Etelka Kollar Kollar Travel Award Recipients:

Sergey Burnos received his BSc degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science in 2009 from Volgograd State University, Russia, and the MSs degree in Financial Mathematics in 2011 from Halmstad University, Sweden. Currently he is enrolled as a PhD student at the Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETH, Zurich and working at the Neurosurgery Department, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. His research is focused on automatic algorithms capable of detecting high frequency oscillations (HFOs) in ECoG recordings.

In May 2015, Sergey joined the Montreal Neurological Institute for a four month project, supervised by Prof. Dr. Jean Gotman. Sergey focused on association of different types of HFOs, according to their morphology, with the seizure onset zone and surgical outcome.

"The Kollar award was a great possibility for me to get experience from the world-leading group of Dr. Jean Gotman at McGill. I did benefit a lot from informal interactions with researchers with various clinical and engineering background and established contacts for future collaborations. I am very grateful to everybody who helped me to obtain this award."

Vivian Roger Steiger is a PhD candidate at the University of Zurich in the Department of Neuropsychology (chair: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Lutz Jäncke). He is carrying out his graduate research with the group for emotion regulation (director: Prof. Dr. med. Uwe Herwig) within the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich. Currently he is analyzing multi-modal brain imaging data of patients with anxiety disorders in order to find changes in the microstructure of the brain (white and gray matter as well as connectivity) due to different therapy forms. The goal is to get a better understanding of neuroanatomical alterations in anxiety disorders in order to improve therapy effectiveness.

Here in Montreal he is working at the Computational Brain Anatomy Laboratory (PI: Prof. Mallar M. Chakravarty) as a graduate research trainee to learn their in-house developed and very promising method to analyze the shape information of diverse neuroanatomical structures.

"It is a great honor for me to work with a group of top researchers at McGill University, a world-renowned institution for brain research."

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