Young Investigator Award


The Young Investigator Award in Cognitive Neuroscience recognizes outstanding contributions by scientists early in their careers. Award recipients have been working in the area of cognitive neuroscience for no more than 10 years involved in active independent research.

The FLUX Society is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Young Investigator Award in Cognitive Neuroscience for the 2018 year. The submission deadline for this award is May 15, 2018.


For the 2018 awards, the nominee MUST be:

  1. Working in any area of cognitive neuroscience
  2. No more than 10 years involved in active independent research as of April 1, 2018
  3. Residency, clinical internship and interruption for childbearing will not be counted against the 10-year limit
  4. Nominated by a Flux member (no self-nominations will be accepted)
  5. In attendance at the 2018 meeting to accept the award in person and agree to give a special plenary lecture

Submitting a Nomination

Before submitting a nomination, collect the required materials:

  • Contact information for the nominee
  • A PDF or Word Document of the nominee’s CV
  • A short (max 600) word statement of the nominee’s research program
  • A PDF or Word Document of a nomination statement from the primary referee
  • Contact information for a second referee

When submitting your nomination, please send all documentation in a PDF or Word document and NOT in the body of the email. For questions please contact us.

Click here to email us your nomination with supporting documentation.

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2018, 23:59 Central Time

Flux 2017 Young Investigator Award Winner

Dr. Damien Fair obtained his BA degree in 1998 from Augustana College, S.D. In 2001, he graduated with a master of medical science degree from the physician associate program at the Yale University School of Medicine, and practiced until 2003 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He entered the neuroscience graduate program at the Washington University in St. Louis under the guidance of Bradley Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D. and Steven Petersen, Ph.D. His postdoctoral fellowship was at Oregon Health & Science University under the direction of Joel Nigg Ph.D. He’s now an Associate Professor in the Behavioral Neuroscience Department at OHSU.

Dr. Fair’s laboratory focuses on mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The majority of this work uses functional & functional connectivity MRI to assess typical and atypical populations. A second focus of his lab involves testing the feasibility of using various functional and structural MRI techniques in translational studies of developmental neuropsyciatric disorders. He is exploring ways to better characterize individual patients with these psychopathologies to help guide future diagnostic, therapeutic and genetic studies.