University of St Andrews
Topic: Comparative Cognition
Josep Call is a comparative psychologist specializing in primate cognition, Professor in the Evolutionary Origins of Mind at the University of St Andrews and Director of the Budongo Research Unit at Edinburgh Zoo. His research focuses on elucidating the cognitive processes underlying technical and social problem solving in primates and other animals with the ultimate goal of reconstructing the evolution of human and nonhuman cognition. He has been elected fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (CorrFRSE).
University College London
Topic: Neuroscience/Methods/Global Health
Clare Elwell is Professor of Medical Physics in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London (UCL), and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London. She is Director of the Near Infrared Spectroscopy Research Group at UCL and develops novel optical systems for monitoring and imaging the human brain. Her research projects include studies of acute brain injury in adults, children and infants, autism, migraine, malaria and sports performance.
She currently leads the Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT) project which is developing brain function for age curves for Gambian and UK infants from birth to 24 months of age to investigate the impact of malnutrition and other poverty related risk factors. She started the Globalfnirs initiative (www.globalfnirs.org) to support the application of near infrared spectroscopy in global health projects. She is a founder member and President of the Society for Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy, and President of the London International Youth Science Forum. She has won awards for research, teaching and public engagement including the Medical Research Council Science Suffrage Award, Women in Science and Engineering Research Award and a British Science Association Media Fellowship. She is Founder and Trustee of the charity Young Scientists for Africa (YoSA, www.yosa.org.uk).
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Diane Poulin Dubois
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Dr. Diane Poulin-Dubois is Professor of Psychology at Concordia University where she holds a Research Chair in Developmental Cybernetics. She has published over 130 papers and book chapters on early cognitive and language development. She is a fellow of APS and the recipient of the 2016 Thérèse Gouin Décarie award and the 2019 Pickering award for contributions to developmental psychology in Canada. She is a member of the editorial board of a number of international journals, and an associate editor for Child Development. Her research has focused on the development of gender concepts, categorization, epistemic trust, bilingualism, and theory of mind.