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The Perron Institute Aspire Award consists of a $5,000 grant awarded to a Perron Institute staff member to assist in their professional development by funding attendance at an international conference. Award recipients have up to 3 years to use the funds.

2020 Perron Institute Aspire Award Winner, Dr Alex Tang

Business Events Perth, in partnership with the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science, is pleased to announce that the 2020 Aspire Award has been presented to Dr Alex Tang.

Now in its 21st year, Business Events Perth’s Aspire Awards Program has sponsored hundreds of local academics and researchers to attend a relevant international conference in their discipline, to further their professional development and profile Western Australia on the international stage.

Business Events Perth Chief Executive Officer Gareth Martin said the organisation was honoured to support the ongoing professional development of such an outstanding individual.

“Western Australia is a leader in the field of neuroscience, and we’re incredibly proud to be able to partner with the Perron Institute to support Dr Tang in representing our State at the world’s premier conference on brain stimulation,” Mr Martin said.

“Business events like international conferences are a forum for collaboration and the exchange of knowledge with other experts from around the world, which Dr Tang will bring back to Western Australia.”

Receiving the Perron Institute Aspire Award for his work in the field of neuroscience and brain stimulation, Dr Tang is responsible for establishing new infrastructure that has greatly expanded the range of brain imaging studies that can be performed in Western Australia.

Dr Tang is one of the only researchers in Australia that works across all fields of brain stimulation, from computer sciences to cellular experiments, and his lab at the Perron Institute is the only lab of its kind in Western Australia with specialist clinical and preclinical brain stimulation facilities.

“With the Perron Institute Aspire Award I’ll be able to further share the work we are doing to understand how brain stimulation can harness neuroplasticity, and bring the latest knowledge and techniques from around the world back to Western Australia,” said Dr Tang.

Perron Institute Chief Executive Officer Steve Arnott said the institute was proud of Dr Tang receiving an Aspire Award.

“Alex is very committed and passionate when it comes to his research. He has a long list of achievements as well as a strong track record in the area of brain stimulation,” said Mr Arnott.

Dr Tang plans to use the award to attend the International Conference on Brain Stimulation, a biennial event that brings together clinicians, neuroscientists, engineers and computational scientists from all over the world to discuss the challenges health professionals face today in the field of neuroscience.