National and International Projects

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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Speak without talking

Investigate whether silently spoken words can be detected and discriminated from a region
representing the facial muscle.

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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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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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Augmented, accurate, full colour and interactive 3D Brain Visualizer that combines multiple neuro-imaging sources to improve brain visualization.

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

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

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Past projects:

  • 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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