ISNR Newsletter Report from The FNNR

By Tato Sokhadze, President

Our Foundation was established 12 years ago in 2008 on a base of the ISNR Research Committee headed by David Trudeau. Currently, we have 9 board members: Estate (“Tato”) Sokhadze (President), Valerie Anderson (Secretary), Mark Zinn (Treasurer), Jon Frederick (Member at Large), Antonio Martins-Mourao (International Member at Large), Rob Longo (Member at Large), Agnieszka (“Agnies”) Zuberer (Member at Large), Roger deBeus (Member at Large), and 2 staff employees: Megan Stevens (Publishing Coordinator) and Shea Connor (Administrative Coordinator). Advisory Board members are Jim Evans, David Trudeau, Tom Collura, Jon Nash, Joshua Brown, and Joel Lubar. Past prominent members of the FNNR are Barry Sterman, Bob Thatcher, Martjin Arns, Rex Cannon, Gennie Bodenhamer-Davis, Richard Davis, Cynthia Kerson, Lynda Kirk, Efthymios Angelakis, Helen Budzynski, and Joy Lunt, to name a few.

The Foundation for Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Research supports (advances and facilitates) research for neurofeedback, neuromodulation and related non-pharmaceutical technologies for central nervous system disorders.

We closed submissions for the first cycle of mini-grants with a deadline at the end of February and have several submissions pending review. Another one that is restricted to students only and provides $3,000 grants supported by Bio-Medical Instruments, thanks again to Brian Milstead, a great student supporter, deadline set as end of March. We already received several applications for this new grant.

So far, we have published 9 books: one of them in 2020 – “Neurofeedback: The Non-invasive Alternative”, 2nd edition by Helen Bester from South Africa (foreword by Sebern Fisher), and we had 2 books translated in Korean language. We will have 3 books published in 2021 – “Beginning Neurofeedback in Your Practice: A Guide for Clinicians Using Neurofeedback From Intake to Discharge”, by Robert Longo & Becky Bingham. This is a continuation of the series led by Robert Longo, third book in ISNR learning series. Also, we plan to publish 2nd edition of “Doing Neurofeedback” by Longo & Soutar. In addition, Robert Longo offered to change publisher of his “Consumer Guidebook to Understanding QEEG Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback Training” and will make FNNR a publisher (it was initially published by Universe publishing house), thus we will have by end of this year 3 books from The ISNR Learning Series. We are announcing the start of preparation of the call for contributions to our new title “Trend in International Neurofeedback” edited by Tato Sokhadze, Jim Evans, Tanya Morosoli and Jon Frederick.

In March, we announced a call for nominations for BrainMaster’s Joe Kamiya First-Person Science Award. We will select nominees for Gerald Gluck’s from the student presentations at the conference and other student projects that were applied for consideration to our foundation. At our last board meeting, we discussed the possibility of announcing one more award for a research study using neurofeedback for prevention of progression of the Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to dementia in seniors, award dedicated to the legacy of Tom Budzynski. This award was partially supported by MindPlace company. We plan to support students either registration or membership (for those who submit for the conference) at the forthcoming ISNR conference.

All our current thoughts and efforts are focused on preparation for the 29th Annual ISNR conference and our exhibition booth. One of the main events of our Foundation is an annual auction that benefits students and supports their research activities. Last year, we had a very successful auction, one of the best in our history and we are trying to have even better one this year and, of course, we count on your support. Please donate items for our auction and bid during the conference. One more goal for this year is also to solicit equipment and software that we will keep at our headquarters and could lease to students for their research projects. This a new endeavor and we also count on ISNR members and vendors for support.

Thank you very much for your continuing support of our efforts.