16/04/2019
Science 4 Refugees

Invasive human recordings to decode action and image representation


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    KU Leuven
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    NeurosciencesNeurophysiology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    14/05/2019 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Leuven
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Permanent
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    BAP-2019-216

  • How concepts are represented in the human mind is fascinating but remains elusive. The human brain is very difficult to investigate at the neuronal level since this requires invasive recordings.
  • We try to unravel neuronal selectivity by using microscale recordings in neurosurgical patients. In subjects with epilepsy and tetraplegia we study the neural representation of conceptual information as well as the effects of electrical stimulation. Apart from studying brain activity evoked by external events, internal representations are studied by visual imagery.
  • Invasive brain recordings will be complemented with advanced MR imaging to integrate findings in a larger network perspective.
  • If concepts can be decoded through imagination, this will dramatically impact medical applications, as reliable highly informative representations are the ideal input for the rapid control of brain-machine interfaces. This could affect the lives of patients suffering from devastating conditions such as spinal cord injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, locked-in syndrome or even persistent vegetative state. .

Benefits

  • A position as a full-time (100%) PhD-student (for a total duration of 4 years, provided a positive evaluation after the first year)
  • A dynamic research environment including advanced equipment in a clinical setting
  • A multidisciplinary team in a large, multidisciplinary research center dedicated to an exciting project
  • Salary scales are set according to university regulations

Eligibility criteria

  • Master’s degree in medicine, (bio)engineering, biomedical sciences, or a similar degree with an equivalent academic level
  • Fluent in oral and written English
  • Dutch speaking (preferably)
  • A profound interest in neuroscience research
  • A background in neuroscience and/or expertise in Matlab programming and/or MR imaging is an advantage

Selection process

For more information please contact Anais Van Hoylandt (anais.vanhoylandt@uzleuven.be) or Prof. dr. Tom Theys, mail:.tom.theys@uzleuven.be

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