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Manipur born neuroscientist Budhachandra Singh Khundrakpam, won the prestigious New York-based Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation (BBRF)’s Young Investigator Grant.
He also received a cash reward of 70000 USD (51 lakh INR) to study the “Impact of substance use on adolescent brain development and mental health outcomes.”
Khundrakpam is currently working as a research associate at the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, in Canada, and is currently working on “Imaging, genetic and cognitive characterization of brain development and mental health.”
He has a graduate and postgraduate degree in Physics (honours) from Delhi University and a PhD from the National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, Haryana, in India and has a post-doctorate from McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec in Canada.
About Khundrakpam’s project, the National Institute of Health (NIH) have elaborated that it is interested in how substance use alters adolescent brain trajectories and how these impact later health outcomes such as addiction and mental illnesses.
This research aims to address the need for prospective, longitudinal assessment of adolescents’ neuroimaging data, measures of substance use and mental health to generate normative neurodevelopmental trajectories that can reveal the interactive relation between substance use, brain development and mental health outcome.