National and International Projects

At the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the UMC Utrecht Brain Center we elucidate the neuronal mechanisms underlying human brain function in order to understand, diagnose and treat patients with mental disorders and with afflictions of the central and peripheral nervous system.

We aim to understand the relationship between electrical, metabolic, cerebrovascular and neurochemical processes of neuronal populations on the one hand, and normal and abnormal behaviour on the other hand. To that end, we focus both on methodology and application in brain imaging research.

Utrecht NeuroProsthesis

Establishing communication in people with Locked-In Syndrome via a fully implantable Brain-Computer Interface system.

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CortiCom

Collaboration with Johns Hopkins to investigate optimal position and density of electrode grids on the hand and the face area for speech Brain-Computer Interface.

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Speak without talking

Investigate whether silently spoken words can be detected and discriminated from the face region of the brain for Brain-Computer Interface control.

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INTENSE

Workpackage on decoding of attempted speech in people with speech disabilities due to paralysis with Maastricht and Amsterdam at large ‘Crossover’ consortium.

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UEBIT

Collaboration between the UMC Utrecht and the Technical University of Eindhoven, for development of an ultra-low power Brain-Computer Interface impant.

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NeuroCIMT

Understand cortical organization of the human sensorimotor cortex, in order to further advance Brain-Computer Interface and Neuromodulation solutions.

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Bad-Ass Imaging Research

Relate fMRI measurements directly to electrocorticography, optical and non-invasive electrical methods, at very high resolutions.

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WYSS Center

Collaboration with the Wyss Center we analyse brain signals from a person with LIS who has Utah Arrays implanted for communication Brain-Computer Interface.

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Impact of Neurotechnology

Together with the Faculty of Law of the University of Utrecht, we investigate the risks and benefits of neurotechnology, now and in the future, for the Ministry of Justice and Safety.

Language in Interaction

Understand the language system, the interplay with different cognitive systems and speech production using ECoG and fMRI signals.

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NeuroShirt

The UMC Utrecht and Elitac are developing a neuro navigation in a shirt that uses vibrations to guide the neurosurgeon during surgery.

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BrainCarta

BrainCarta is a spin-off company from the UMCU that will enable radiology departments to provide fMRI reports to neurologists and neurosurgeons even without specialists on site.

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Past projects:

  • NeuroStars (2016-2019):

Eurostars 2 (Horizon 2020) grant in collaboration with UMC Utrecht on augmented, accurate, full colour and interactive 3D Brain Visualizer that combines multiple neuro-imaging sources to improve brain visualization.

  • iConnect (2014-2018):

ERC advance grant awarded to Nick Ramsey. The iCONNECT project aimed at designing a new generation of implantable BCIs based on high-density ECoG grids. In this project we learned about decoding hand movements and speech from the sensorimotor cortex by combining ECoG and fMRI signals.

  • NemoFoil (2016-2017): 

In NeMoFoil the feasibility of wireless grids for human use will be determined. The concept entails embedding of microelectronics for signal amplification, AD conversion and wireless transfer, together with the electrodes in a thin sheet, a ‘foil’.

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