Grants awarded

Moving functional brain imaging into the real world: a wearable, cryogen-free, magnetoencephalography (MEG) system 


Prof Gareth Barnes

University College London

United Kingdom

Children with epilepsy, their parents, play specialists, researchers and clinicians will co-produce child-friendly, wearable scanners, interactive games and tasks, and an engaging room where scanning can be done.

Working alongside an artist and designer, we will run diverse focus groups, workshops and interactive sessions for different cohorts of children and their families and carers. We will use the feedback from these sessions to design and build prototype room interiors, interactive tasks and scanner helmets to be used in a clinical setting.

We will demonstrate that engagement with this project has increased our ability to effectively scan very young children in a stimulating environment. Our success will be measured by the compliance rate and typical scan duration achieved with the new system used at Young Epilepsy.