Anna Gui | Experimental Design | Best Researcher Award

Anna Gui | Experimental Design | Best Researcher Award

Dr Anna Gui, University of Essex, United Kingdom

Dr. Anna Gui is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Essex, UK. She earned her PhD in Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London, with a thesis on social attention in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Gui’s postdoctoral research at Birkbeck explored neurodevelopmental trajectories using neuroimaging and genetic data. She has numerous publications in high-impact journals, focusing on the neurobiology of social development and autism. Additionally, she has received several prestigious grants and awards, and actively engages in public science communication and event organization. ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿง 

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Education

From 2015 to 2019, He pursued a PhD in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, with a thesis on the role of social attention in the causal path to Autism Spectrum Disorder, supervised by Prof. M.H. Johnson, Prof. E.J.H. Jones, and Dr. E. Meaburn. ๐ŸŒŸ During this time, He undertook a secondment at the Geschwind lab at UCLA, focusing on genotype data pre-processing. Earlier, He completed an MSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Trento (2013-2015), with internships in EEG data analysis at the Donders Institute and behavioral testing at Universitรฉ Paris Descartes. ๐Ÿ“š Prior to this, I earned a Masterโ€™s in Child Rehabilitation from the University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, with a thesis on visual and motor function integration, including an internship in neonatal behavioral assessment at the University Hospital of Padova. ๐Ÿ‘ถ My academic journey began with a BSc in Neurological and Psychomotor Therapy at the University of Padova. ๐ŸŽ“

Experience

Since February 2024, He have been the primary BSc dissertation supervisor at the University of Essex, UK ๐Ÿ“š. He have also served as a secondary PhD supervisor since October 2022 ๐Ÿ“–. From June to August 2022, He supervised undergraduate placement students at Birkbeck College, London ๐Ÿ™๏ธ. Between August 2016 and March 2023, He was a research supervisor at Birkbeck College, overseeing 3 PhD students, 1 postgraduate student, 5 undergraduate students, and 4 research assistants ๐ŸŽ“. As an academic mentor during 2021-2022, I supported the Compass Project for Sanctuary Students. Currently, He lecture at the University of Essex and previously lectured at Birkbeck College ๐ŸŽค.

Awards

He have been involved in various research projects and academic roles that highlight my dedication to developmental science and cognitive neuroscience. Notably, He am a co-investigator on an MRC iCASE Doctoral Training Partnership grant, mapping attentive brain states to support parent-child interaction in autism (ยฃ129,555, 2023-2027) ๐Ÿง . As the principal investigator, He led the STRIDES series to tackle racism in developmental science (ยฃ2,450, 2022-2023) ๐ŸŒ and investigated neuroadaptive optimisation in parent-child interactions (ยฃ4,515, 2022-2023) ๐Ÿ‘ช. My teaching experience includes supervising dissertations at the University of Essex and lecturing on cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology ๐Ÿ“š. Additionally, He have been a mentor for the Compass Project for Sanctuary Students at Birkbeck College ๐ŸŒŸ.

Research focus

Dr. Antonia Gui’s research primarily focuses on early developmental processes, particularly in infants, with a strong emphasis on social attention, face processing, and neuroadaptive methodologies. Her work explores how these early behaviors and neural responses may elucidate pathways to conditions like autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Using a variety of behavioral studies and advanced neuroscientific techniques, Dr. Gui investigates genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors influencing developmental trajectories in social cognition and motor skills. He research contributes significantly to understanding individual differences in infancy, aiming to improve early detection and intervention strategies ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ‘ถ.

Publication top notes

Face processing in early development: a systematic review of behavioral studies and considerations in times of COVID-19 pandemic

Look duration at the face as a developmental endophenotype: elucidating pathways to autism and ADHD
Attentive brain states in infants with and without later autism

Social attention: What is it, how can we measure it, and what can it tell us about autism and ADHD?

Leveraging epigenetics to examine differences in developmental trajectories of social attention: A proof-of-principle study of DNA methylation in infants with older siblingsย โ€ฆ

Development of the pupillary light reflex from 9 to 24 months: association with common autism spectrum disorder (ASD) genetic liability and 3โ€year ASD diagnosis

Proving and improving the reliability of infant research with neuroadaptive Bayesian optimization

Association of polygenic liability for autism with face-sensitive cortical responses from infancy

Childrenโ€™s total blindness as a risk factor for early parent-child relationships: Preliminary findings from an Italian sample

Neuroadaptive electroencephalography: a proof-of-principle study in infants

 

Mediatrice NIYONSABA | Qualitative Hypotheses | Best Paper Award

Mediatrice NIYONSABA | Qualitative Hypotheses | Best Paper Award

Mrs Mediatrice NIYONSABA, Rwanda Biomedical center, Rwanda

Mediatrice Niyonsaba is a dedicated health professional and researcher. Currently a second-year Masterโ€™s student in Epidemiology at the University of Rwanda, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anesthesia from the same institution. Since 2012, she has served as an anesthesia clinical officer at RBC/SAMU ๐Ÿš‘. Her research includes co-authoring a study on motorcycle crash epidemiology in Kigali and assisting in several projects, including those on anemia in trauma, substance abuse screening, and the impact of COVID-19 on CNS injuries. She is the lead author of a study on mHealth tools in prehospital care, published in the African Journal of Emergency Medicine ๐Ÿ“š.

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Education

Since November 2021, she have been pursuing a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Rwanda’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences ๐Ÿ“š. I previously earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anesthesia from the same university (2015-2017) ๐ŸŽ“. My professional journey includes working as an anesthesia clinical officer at RBC/SAMU (Service dโ€™Aide Medicale dโ€™Urgence) since November 2012 ๐Ÿฅ. Before that, I taught Biology at SAKE Secondary School from January to November 2009 ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ.

Experience

Since January 2019, I’ve been part of the SAMU team collaborating with Utah University to develop and pilot test a mobile health communication tool (912 m Health tool) aimed at enhancing emergency medical services ๐Ÿš‘. I co-authored “Epidemiology and prehospital care of motorcycle crashes in Kigali, Rwanda,” published in November 2019 ๐Ÿ๏ธ. From January to April 2020, I was a research assistant for the Kigali Anemia in Trauma and Transfusion Study at CHUK ๐Ÿฅ. Between August 2020 and September 2021, I assisted in adapting screening instruments for detecting alcohol and drug abuse in Rwanda using ACASI ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ’Š. In late 2021, I contributed to research on the impact of COVID-19 on CNS injury treatment and outcomes ๐Ÿง . Recently, I authored “Challenges and opportunities to improve efficiency and quality of prehospital emergency care using an m Health platform,” published in the African Journal of Emergency Medicine in September 2023 ๐Ÿ“š.

Research focus

Dr. Sharmistha Jayaraman’s research focuses primarily on improving prehospital emergency care and trauma management in low-resource settings, particularly in Rwanda. Her studies encompass various aspects of emergency medical services (EMS), including challenges in locating emergency scenes ๐Ÿš‘, enhancing efficiency through m Health platforms ๐Ÿ“ฑ, neurotrauma management ๐Ÿง , and the epidemiology of trauma, such as motorcycle crashes ๐Ÿ๏ธ. Additionally, Dr. Jayaraman investigates the initial management of traumatic brain injuries and factors influencing HIV testing among emergency patients. Her work aims to improve healthcare outcomes by addressing critical gaps in prehospital care and emergency response systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Publication top notes

Challenges Locating the Scene of Emergency: A Qualitative Study of the EMS System in Rwanda

Challenges and opportunities to improve efficiency and quality of prehospital emergency care using an mHealth platform: Qualitative study in Rwanda

Trends in Neurotrauma Epidemiology, Management, and Outcomes during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kigali, Rwanda

Factors associated with HIV testing among patients seeking emergent injury care in Kigali, Rwanda

The Initial Prehospital Management of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kigali, Rwanda

The epidemiology and prehospital care of motorcycle crashes in a sub-Saharan African urban center

Data-driven prehospital training to decrease motorcycle crash deaths in a Sub-Saharan African urban center