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 programme aims to empower young scientists to present their research results at the prestigious fNIRS 2022 conference in Boston. During fNIRS 2022 Meeting, Sizwe summarised 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 Paediatric 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 assessment of subjects with pigmented skin
Both studies were part of the project “Shining light into paediatric HIV neurocognition and brain plasticity”supported by the Cortivision Pathinder Program (CPP).