Specific neurophysiological markers and the use of serious gaming for diagnosing SLI and dyslexia

Researcher: Camila Martinez Rebolledo, MSc (PhD student) Expected thesis defense: 2018 First promotor: Prof. Ben Maassen, PhD Funding: Conicyt Despite decades of intensive research, relatively little is known about specific markers of dyslexia and SLI. In clinical practice the differentiation among developmental language disorders at the behavioral level relies on the discrepancy criterion, most notably in the diagnosis of […]

Neurophysiological studies of reading fluency

Researcher: Rui Qin, PhD Thesis defense: 2016 First promotor: Prof. Ben Maassen, PhD (Linguistics, RuG) Collaborators: Martijn Wieling, PhD Funding: CSC Developmental dyslexia is a neurobiologically based learning disorder that impairs a child’s ability to read and write. To minimize the detrimental effects of dyslexia, it is important to provide optimal intervention at the youngest possible […]

DiPAR: Diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease by neuromuscular function evaluation

Researcher: Esther Smits, PhD Thesis defense: 2016 Second promotor: Prof. Marina de Koning-Tijssen, MD, PhD Collaborators: Prof. Nico Leenders, MD, PhD, Rutger Zietsma, PhD (Manus Neurodynamica LtD, Newcastle, UK), Mark van Gils (VTT, Tampere, Finland), John Watt (University of Glasgow, UK), Olaf Schroeder (Pattern Expert, Borsdorf, Germany), Heinrich Grüger (Fraunhofer Institute, Dresden, Germany), Harald von […]

First Annual Charlotte Scott lecture in Mathematics

I am honored to be invited to give the first Annual Charlotte Scott lecture in Mathematics on January 30, 2017, at Lincoln University (UK). This public lecture will be entitled ‘Patients in numbers’ and this is the summary: No-one likes to be considered by their doctor as a number. However, in this lecture I will […]

Joint study on visualization for cerebral optimization in TBI appraised in editorial CCM

Our paper ‘Enhanced Visualization of Optimal Cerebral Perfusion Pressure Over Time to Support Clinical Decision Making’ with contributions from University Medical Center Groningen (Marcel Aries, Jan Willem Elting, Robin Wesselink (technical medicine student) and myself) and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge (Joseph Donnelly, Marek Czosnyka, Ari Ercole and Peter Smielewski) that was just published in the October issue of […]

Apply for EIT-Health Ageing Brain summerschool in Groningen now

Education and training of future healthcare professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs and policy makers in the EIT-Health Ageing Brain Summer School is focused on the early hallmarks and diagnosis of normal and abnormal brain ageing, the development of novel effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, novel strategies for clinical treatment, the management of elderly care and the development […]

First Junior MOOC about to launch!

I can hardly believe that after more than a year of preparations, the junior MOOC (online academic course for children in the last grades of primary school) is about to launch. This intensive collaboration between seven academics (one of them: me) and the Scholierenacademie of the University of Groningen has resulted in an awesome product! In April, […]

Diagnosis and imaging of essential and other tremors

Researcher: Madelein van der Stouwe, MD, PhD Thesis defense: 2015 Second promotor: Prof. Marina de Koning-Tijssen, MD, PhD Collaborator: Prof. Nico Leenders, MD, PhD Funding: UMCG Everyone suffers from trembling hands from time to time. For instance, when you are nervous, such as during a speech, or after a few of cups of coffee. Some […]

Are you a student looking to gain some research experience?

We are currently looking for a student who can aid us in our research on quantification of symptoms in movement disorders. Specifically, we would like some help with our ongoing project ‘Quantification of the SARA scale in patients with early onset ataxia’. Ataxia is a movement disorder characterized by the lack of movement coordination. It […]

Functional connectivity of the primary somatosensory cortex and its role during action observation

Researcher: Nikola Valchev, PhD Thesis defense: 2014 During the observation of actions performed by other people, our brain activates a broad network of cortical areas. It is commonly believed that information is first processed by the visual system and then the “action observation” network calculates a mental simulation of the observed motor act. Ultimately this […]