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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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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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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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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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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Development of a new approach for providing people implanted with one of our BCIs with somatosensory feedback in order to improve BCI training and performance.


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:

  • Impact of Neurotechnology (2020-2021)

Short call to advise the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Safety about the impact of Neurotechnologies in the future. Together with the Faculty of Law of the University of Utrecht, we investigated the risks and benefits of neurotechnology, now and in the future. 

  • Language in Interaction (2015-2021)

NWO Consortium Gravitation Grant with a work package awarded to Nick Ramsey. In this work package, we investigated the language system, the interplay with different cognitive systems and speech production using ECoG and fMRI signals.

  • NeuroShirt (2017-2019)

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

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