Visualization of brain connectomics data

Researcher: Chengtao Ji, MSc (PhD student) Expected thesis defense: 2018 First promotor: Prof. Jos Roerdink, PhD (Computer Sciences, RuG) Collaborators: Jasper van de Gronde, PhD Funding: CSC An electroencephalography (EEG) coherence network is a representation of functional brain connectivity, and is constructed by calculating the coherence between pairs of electrode signals as a function of frequency. Visualization […]

Serious gaming for early identification and prevention of dyslexia

Researcher: Toivo Glatz, MSc (PhD student) Expected thesis defense: 2018 First promotor: Prof. Ben Maassen, PhD (Linguistics, RuG) Collaborators: Wim Tops, PhD Funding: NWO Graphogame – a game-based intervention developed in Finland at the University of Jyväskylä – is used to provide additional training for beginning readers and gain understanding of how learning to read proceeds both at behavioral, as […]

Visualization and quantification of exergame data

Researcher: Venustiano Soancatl Aguilar, MSc (PhD student) Expected thesis defense: 2018 First promotor: Prof. Jos Roerdink, PhD (Computer Sciences, RuG) Collaborators: Jasper van de Gronde, PhD, Claudine Lamoth, PhD, Mike van Diest, PhD, Prof. Ben Maassen, PhD, Toivo Glatz Funding: Conacyt Recently, digital games controlled by real-time body movements (exergames) have been proposed as an innovative method […]

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 […]

Brain networks involved in essential tremor (ET): elucidating tremor pathophysiology using EMG-fMRI

Researcher: Marja Broersma (PhD student) Expected thesis defense: 2017 Second promotor: Prof. Marina de Koning-Tijssen, MD, PhD Collaborators: Fleur van Rootselaar, MD, PhD (AMC, Amsterdam), Arthur Buijink, MD, PhD, Madelein van der Stouwe, MD, PhD Funding: Prinses Beatrix Fonds EMG-fMRI was employed to identify the brain network involved in tremor generation in a homogeneous group of ET […]

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, […]