Quirien Oort

Quirien Oort is no stranger in neuro-oncological research: coming from a neuropsychological background, she is been working on her dissertation on quality of life in brain tumor patients with Martin Taphoorn (LUMC), Linda Dirven (LUMC), and Jaap Reijneveld (VUmc). She now joins the lab to explore MRI and network analysis. Welcome Quirien!

Spotlight on Neurology paper

The paper on hub-rich networks in MS by Kim Meijer was put in the spotlight by the editors of Neurology. In this study, cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis was related to altered communication of hub-rich networks. The default mode and frontoparietal networks showed increased functional connectivity, but only with more peripheral regions (i.e., non-hubs), in […]

OHBM 2017

We will be going to Vancouver, and will present the following posters: Tuesday, #2019: the microscopic substrates of macro-scale graph theoretical properties of the brain, first author Svenja Kiljan (more info here) Thursday, #3057: the (dynamic) connectivity profile of the cerebellum in MS, and its cognitive correlates, first author Menno Schoonheim (more info here) Thursday, […]

Tianne Numan

I am trained as technical physician and have a specific interest in the brain. During my PhD project in the UMC Utrecht at the intensive care unit (ICU) I did several projects on EEG based delirium monitoring and EEG based network analyses during delirium and sedation. I really enjoyed the combination of performing analyses and […]

Dynamic connectivity patterns predict cognitive decline after neurosurgery

In a collaboration between the CCA VUmc Brain Tumor Center, Amsterdam Neuroscience, and the VUmc MEG center, we investigated the association between dynamics of “functional connectivity” and cognitive outcome in patients undergoing neurosurgery. The study, which was published in Scientific Reports, shows that preoperative measurement of these dynamics may be essential for predicting whether patients […]

Shanna goes to Nottingham

By Shanna On the 1st of February I started a two-month visit to the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre in Nottingham (UK) with the group of Matt Brookes. This center is amongst others equipped with 3 MRI scanners (1.5T, 3T, 7T) and an MEG system and is part of the School of Physics and Astronomy. Their research aims […]

HersenMagazine interview

The HersenMagazine (published by the Hersenstichting, a Dutch foundation focusing on the brain) interviewed Linda about networks and neuroscience for their January issue on ‘connection’. The spread is below, and you can find Linda’s research dream here (all in Dutch)!

Shanna Kulik

When I was trained to be a physical therapist, I realised I missed the theoretical challenge and noticed that only practical work just wasn’t it for me. I therefore continued my education and started the research master of Human Movement Sciences at the VU. There, I focused on neurodegenerative diseases and did a one-year internship […]

Jolanda Derks

In 2014 I started my PhD project after finishing a master in Neurosciences. During my bachelor and master I enjoyed working in the lab as well as spending time behind the computer analysing MRI images. In this PhD project I have the opportunity to combine both modalities, which is challenging, both also very exciting. In […]

Linda Douw (PI)

I’m a neuroscientist, trying to make sense of our brain. I like the brain for all its complexity, and try to understand more of it by using graph theory. This theory-governed but still data-driven approach allows for investigation of how the brain works on multiple scales and with several imaging modalities. I’m particularly interested in […]