Wyss Center-supported researcher awarded Vasco Sanz Award

Vasco Sanz Prize awarded for neurofeedback research

Dr. Yury Koush, previously a post-doctoral researcher at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne) and the University of Geneva has been awarded  the Vasco Sanz Prize for his research.

Part-funded by a Wyss Center pilot project ‘Closed-loop and VR-enhanced real-time fMRI:  Integrating machine learning, virtual reality, and real-time fMRI’, the research investigated the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to allow study participants to use neurofeedback to visualize and control their own brain activity.

The study forms the basis for further Wyss Center research into neurofeedback for drug resistant pain and tinnitus. Since 2009, the Vasco Sanz Prize of CHF 2500 has been awarded annually to young neuroscience researchers working in theoretical and applied brain research.

Dr. Koush was a member of the Medical Image Processing Lab (MIP:Lab), a joint laboratory between the EPFL (School of EngineeringInstitute of Bioengineering) and the University of Geneva (Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Radiology and Medical Informatics), headed by Prof. Dimitri Van De Ville. He is currently pursuing his career at Yale University.