BrainLayer: the multilayer brain networks underlying cognitive decline

We are very happy to continue our research with an NWO-Vidi! This is a short summary of the 5-year project: Cognitive deterioration in lesional brain disease, such as cerebrovascular accidents, multiple sclerosis and glioma, weighs heavily on patients, their caregivers and society, particularly since curative treatment is unavailable. Variation in cognitive decline is large: some […]

NPCS April 4th, 2019

We had a great time at the National Platform for Complex Systems in Utrecht! From left to right: Marike van Lingen (RA), Biniam Bekele Melese (MSc student), Lucas Breedt (MSc student), Floris Tijhuis (MSc student), Dora Brooks (BSc student), Linda Douw (PI), Tianne Numan (Postdoc), Shanna Kulik (PhD student), Sofia Orellana (MSc student), Margot Wagenmakers […]

Fernando Santos has joined the lab!

I am trained in statistical mechanics and applied topology.┬áMy current interests are in using methods of topology, geometry, statistical mechanics, and topological data analysis (TDA) in neuroscience. During my Ph.D. at Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil), I studied the topological aspects of phase transitions in classical Hamiltonian systems. Later, I spend one year as a […]

MuMoBrain has started!

In order to celebrate the first included subject for our MultiModal Brain study (which aims to use multilayer graph theory in order to advance our understanding of individual differences in cognitive functioning), we had a little get together with the large team and ate this homemade MuMoBrain-logo cake!

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 […]