Jason D. Connolly, PhD
Department of Psychology
Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK.
Jason Connolly carried out Doctoral training at Western University (Canada) with Professor Melvyn Goodale, FRS. Here he pioneered event-related functional MRI studies of the cortical sensori-motor system. These studies provide quite well-cited evidence that the frontal cortex takes on the relative processing load for early movement planning. He received recognition for making a significant impact on Canadian Medicine as a trainee (CIHR, Canada). To sample lab environments, he completed short postdocs in the USA in two technical approaches (functional MRI and neuroanatomy). These labs were the Andersen Lab (Cal Tech), the Curtis Lab (NYU) and the Lyon Lab (UC Irvine). All Labs are funded by NIH R01 grants (USA). In 2009, he became a P.I. at Newcastle University (UK) via funding from the Faculty of Medical Science/IoN where he published a topographic mapping fMRI study on spatial reference frames and another on attention-based coding. He has been an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Durham University (UK) since 2012. He leads a brain-computer interface team that utilises functional MRI, dry-EEG, movement kinematics and neuro-robotics. The team includes Cognitive Neuroscientists, an Engineering & Computing Scientist and a Consultant Neurosurgeon. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for Nature magazine and 4 UK grant funding councils. He holds collaborative research grants (ESRC and Horizon 2020) and has received National training (Royal Society) and Durham University equipment (Biophysical Sciences Institute) awards.