I am Mariska van Steensel. After my PhD in neurophysiology, I developed a growing interest in ‘doing something more’ with the knowledge that is gained in neuroscience, and to actually use this information for the development of treatments, procedures or devices that could be of direct help to patients. Since 2007, when I started in Nick’s group as a post-doc, I have been able to do just that. We have developed an implantable BCI system and are now going to test whether this system provides a reliable and practical way of communication in the home-environment of locked-in patients. Besides that, we investigate whether our knowledge and procedures on localizing brain function can be applied in a clinical setting, such as for presurgical decision making in the treatment of epilepsy.

Mariska van Steensel
postdoc