Hello! I am Alex Bowring and I am a PhD student in the Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick, working under the supervision of Professor Thomas Nichols
My research is centred on functional MRI, and I am particularly interested in statistical methodology for neuroimaging analyses and developing open science practices. I am currently applying newly developed statistical methods to obtain precise confidence statements about where activation occurs in the brain, as well as working on a software comparison project to understand the differences between the main neuroimaging software packages used for fMRI analyses.
Before starting my PhD, I obtained a BSc in Mathematics at the University of Warwick. In summer 2015 I undertook a project entitled “Visualising the brain - Developing viewers of standardised fMRI results”, where I assisted in developing tools to enable sharing of fMRI analysis results. I then worked as a Research Assistant for the Institute of Digital Healthcare
where I assisted Dr. Camille Maumet
and Professor Nichols in developing standard practices for data sharing and meta-analysis in neuroimaging as part of the project "Transforming Statistical Methodology for Neuroimaging Meta-Analysis”.
Maumet, C. et al. Sharing brain mapping statistical results with the neuroimaging data model. Sci. Data 3:160102 doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.102 (2016).
Pauli R, Bowring A, Reynolds R, Chen G, Nichols TE and Maumet C (2016) Exploring fMRI Results Space: 31 Variants of an fMRI Analysis in AFNI, FSL, and SPM. Front. Neuroinform. 10:24. doi: 10.3389/fninf.2016.00024
(Oral and Poster Presentation) ‘Spatial Confidence Sets - Beyond Null Hypothesis Testing of Cluster Size.’ 23rd Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Vancouver, Canada, June 25-29 2017.
(Poster Presentation) ‘Impact of Analysis Software on Replication of fMRI Studies.’ 23rd Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Vancouver, Canada, June 25-29 2017.
‘Towards reproducible brain imaging research.’ WIN Annual Conference, Coventry, January 24 2017.
(Poster Presentation) ‘Confidence Sets - Going Beyond Voxel-level and Cluster-level Null Hypothesis Testing.’ 22nd Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Geneva, Switzerland, June 26-30 2016.
(Poster Presentation) ‘NIDM-Results: Standardized reporting of mass univariate neuroimaging results in SPM, FSL and AFNI.’ 22nd Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Geneva, Switzerland, June 26-30 2016.
ST111 and ST112: Probability A & B tutorials