NeuroTech-NL was initiated by leading researchers, engineers and clinicians at major research universities, technical universities and academic hospitals, recognizing the need to grow the Dutch neurotechnology ecosystem into a network that bridges research, industry and patient care.
Our mission is to take away the handicaps from neurological disorders by developing the best interfaces with the brain and nervous system. We bring together leading institutes, patient organizations, and companies across the neurotechnology field to perform groundbreaking, multidisciplinary, large scale R&D and translate the results into solutions for patients and economic activity.
MSc (Applied Physics), MD, PhD
Otorhinolaryngology and Audiology, Cochlear Implants and Auditory Brainstem Implants
Johan Frijns is professor of Otology and Auditory Physics (Otorhinolaryngology) at the Leiden University, director of the Center for Audiology and Hearing Auditory Implants in the LUMC and main supervisor (‘universitair opleider’) of the residents in training to become otorhinolaryngologist. He earned his MSc (hons, 1983) in Applied Physics at the Delft University of Technology, his MD (hons, 1988) at the LUMC and his PhD (hons, 1995) at the Leiden University and was certified as an ENT-consultant at the LUMC in 1994. His research interests include (neuro-)otology, audiology with specific interest in cochlear implants (computational modelling, speech coding, incl. the use of artificial intelligence, imaging, electrode design, socio-emotional development of deaf and hard of hearing children), and he has published over 180 peer-reviewed scientific papers (H-index 30 (Web of Science), 40 (Google Scholar)) and supervised over 20 PhD theses
Biomedical Electromagnetics, Electromagnetic and Multiphysics Simulations, Antenna design, Electromagnetic Modeling of Neurostimulation.
Rob Mestrom is Assistant Professor in the Electromagnetics group at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. He obtained his MSc (2005, cum laude) and PhD (2009) from the Dynamics and Control Group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the same university. He has over 10 years of experience in Multiphysics and modeling and worked on a large variety of engineering applications such as MEMS, antenna arrays, RF transceivers, and RF hyperthermia antenna design. Since 2015, his research focus has been on neurostimulation (TMS, tDCS/tACS, spinal cord stimulation). He is also a member of the Committee on Electromagnetic Field of the Health Council of The Netherlands.
Validation and Commercialization of Electromagnetics in Biomedical Applications, Biomedical Electromagnetics, Electromagnetic Safety, Electromagnetic Simulations, Antenna Design, Hyperthermia Technology, Head and Neck oncology, MRI and MR-guided Intervention.
Maarten Paulides is Associate Professor in Biomedical Electromagnetics at TU/e and Associate Professor at the Department of Radiation Oncology at Erasmus MC Cancer Institute in Rotterdam. He is Scientific Director of the Center for Care and Cure Technology Eindhoven (C3Te) and chairs the Electromagnetics for Care & Cure Lab. and. He holds both an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering (TU/e) and a cum laude PhD in Health and Medical Physics (Erasmus University Rotterdam). Throughout his career, clinical validation has always been a focus point. Maarten Paulides serves in the Dutch Health Council, the International Committee on Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and he was co-founder of Sensius BV, a startup in medical hyperthermia technology.
Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience (also: Behavior; Electrophysiology; Neuronal Imaging; Perception and Consciousness; Computational Neuroscience)
Cyriel Pennartz is Full Professor in Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam, where he leads a group of ~25 people. He is a member of the Science and Infrastructure Board of the EU FET Flagship Human Brain Project, which is the main scientific governing body of this Project. The 10-year Human Brain Project is the largest EU-funded initiative on Brain Research and Technology to date. At the UvA he is involved in founding and coordinating innovative educational programs and tracks such as in Psychobiology (Ba.), Biomedical Sciences (Ba.), the Msc. program in Cognitive Neurobiology and Clinical Neurophysiology and interdisciplinary Msc. program in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
Cyriel has published 159 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has an H-index on Google Scholar of 59. In 2015 he published the monograph “The brain’s representational power – on consciousness and the integration of modalities” at MIT press. He (co-)edited two book volumes, two special journal issues and conference proceedings. He regularly organizes, and participates in, international symposia, conferences and summer schools. He earned his PhD from the University of Amsterdam.
Umberto Olecse is Assistant Professor or the Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Group, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam. Umberto graduated in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pisa (Italy), and obtained his PhD from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy). He is an expert in the application of advanced neurotechnologies (multi-area high-channel count electrophysiology, 2-photon imaging, optogenetics) to study distributed cortical circuits, with a focus on how the brain processes sensory stimuli and how this process is affected by factors such as brain state an pathological conditions (e.g. stroke).
Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurotechnology
Pieter Roelfsema is Director of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam and professor at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and at the AMC, University of Amsterdam. Roelfsema is Steering committee Director of NeuroTech-NL, the cross-over consortium INTENSE and the NESTOR grant that aims to develop a visual cortical prosthesis.
Roelfsema received his MD degree in Groningen and his PhD at the University of Amsterdam for a project was carried out at the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt.
Roelfsema studies visual perception, plasticity and memory in the visual system of experimental animals, humans, and with neural networks. He develops neurotechnological solutions to create new high-bandwidth brain-computer interfaces. He combines these new technological possibilities with knowledge about the visual system to create a visual prosthesis for blind people that will restore a rudimentary form of sight. Roelfsema published more than 130 papers which were cited more than 15,000 times (H-index = 54). He received a NWO-VICI award and ERC-Advanced grant.
Biomechatronics and Bio-robotics
Biophysics, Visual Neuroscience
Systems and Computational Neuroscience
Francesco Battaglia is Professor of Neuronal Network of Memory at the Radboud University. He holds a Masters in Physics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and a PhD from SISSA, Trieste, Italy. His research focuses on global brain dynamics, and he has contributed the first demonstration of cortico-hippocampal interactions in relation to memory consolidation. He has supervised 10 postdocs and 12 PhD students, among whom several are faculty members in top institutions.
Translational neuroscience, technology transfer
Cerebellar processing and control
Biomedical signals and systems
Experimental neurosurgery, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Neurosurgery, eHealth, mobile applications, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Neurophysiology, Parkinson’s Disease and tinnitus
Mark Janssen is Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist at the Maastricht UMC+ and assistant professor at Maastricht University. Mark Janssen received is MD and PhD degree at Maastricht University and spend 1 year in the lab of Prof. Benazzouz at the Université Victor Segalen in Bordeaux, France. Besides his clinical practice as a clinical neurophysiologist with special interest in movement disorders and deep brain stimulation therapy he works as a neuroscientist at the School for Menal Health and Neuroscience (MHeNs). His research focuses on the development of novel neuromodulative therapies and finding new insights in neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and tinnitus, using electrophysiological approaches. He leads a translational research line which incorporates both human and preclinical studies.
Neuroprosthetics, Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI)
Human perception, Multimodal interaction in virtual environments
Internet of Things (IoT), Remote device management
Skull Base Surgery