Our ‘Pathfinder’ won the SfNIRS DEI Travel Award!

Nov 4, 2022Events

We are proud to announce that one of our Pathfinder’s participants – Sizwe Zondo from Rhodes University, South Africa, won the first Society of fNIRS Diversity Equity and Inclusion (SfNIRS DEI) travel award. The SfNIRS DEI program aims to empower young scientists to present their research results at the prestigious fNIRS 2022 conference in Boston. During fNIRS 2022 Meeting, Sizwe summarized his project’s results on the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation therapy to reverse HIV-associated neurocognitive decline (HAND).


Poster PS2_80_253 – Shining Light into Pediatric HIV: HIV Neurocognition and Brain Plasticity in Sub-Saharan Africa: An fNIRS Study, 


Sizwe also presented how the subjects’ skin pigmentation affects the quality of the signal recorded with the fNIRS.


PS1_53_94 – The efficacy of Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) in the assessment of subjects with pigmented skin


Both studies were part of the project “Shining light into pediatric HIV neurocognition and brain plasticity”supported by the Cortivision Pathinder Program (CPP).



person wearing fNIRS
Person wearing fNIRS Photon Cap

Optod montage used in studies.

We congratulate our laureate and look forward to the following exciting projects we will support through the CPP.


The application call to Cortivision Pathfinder Program is continuous, so don’t wait and share your ideas with us!


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