In the lab, we trie to understand how our brain controls movements, and the loss of this control in many neurological disorders of the brain, such as stroke, or Parkinson's Disease. In addition, we're still puzzled how different kinds of neurostimulation might work.
I have joined the lab after completing my PhD in Oxford supervised by Prof Charlie Stagg. Throughout my PhD, and into my post-doc, I have been studying the physiological processes underlying motor learning and motor control. I am also interested in how these processes can be altered by interventions such as non-invasive brain stimulation or pharmacological agents, and the effect this has on behaviour.
My current project, funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust, is investigating how individualised brain stimulation can influence motor control recovery in patients after a stroke
As part of my PhD and postdoctoral research I have explored interventions in pathology and ageing across two main topics: movement planning and execution, and mood and emotion perception.
Currently, I am investigating how cortical excitability changes in patients with upper limb impairments after stroke, and whether post-stroke brain plasticity can be enhanced using brain stimulation. Excitability changes and the effects of dose-controlled brain stimulation will be monitored early and late after stroke. Brain Research UK funds this project.
I'm a neurologist with a particular interest in the role of brain oscillations in movement disorders and motor attentional networks. I previously completed a PhD with Professor Peter Brown at Oxford University investigating closed loop deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease - targeting beta oscillations recorded from the basal ganglia. I've worked in the bestmannlab on a Wellcome trust postdoctoral fellowship, to investigate the computational and causal role of motor network oscillations with an aim to translate these findings to clinical benefit through advancing deep brain stimulation therapies. I have recently taken a post as a clinical research scientist with Phillip Starr at UCFS
I am a neurology registrar with a particular interest in stroke, the multidisciplinary approach to stroke rehabilitation and the application of principles of motor learning to the field of neurorehabilitation. I am currently on a research break from his clinical neurology training programme to undertake a PhD. I'm interested in developing strategies that can be applied to the clinical setting in neurorehabilitation, in order to improve rehabilitative therapies for patients left with upper limb impairment following a stroke.
I am interested in post-stroke motor rehabilitation, and how modern neurostimulation approaches could be used to support therapy. My PhD research, in collaboration with Prof Nick Ward is focused on using non-invasive brain stimulation, specifically, Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to influence motor function. I use this with models of current flow inside the brain,to ask how dose-controlled delivery of tDCS can help to deliver more reliable and reproducible stimulation to participants and patients.
I am interested in the physiology of rehabilitation after stroke, and how non-invasive brain stimulation techniques might be used as adjunct therapies. Specifically, little is known about how cortical oscillationsa underpin the changes seen through throughout learning and rehabilitation.
A greater understanding of these changes could help develop more effective rehabilitation treatments for movement conditions such as stroke.
I have recently been awarded a Brain research UK fellowship to study (in the lab of Prof Jenny Crinion and the bestmannlab) how novel stimulation approaches can be used as adjunct therapies in stroke rehabilitation, in particular aphasia.
I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2017 after studying Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, and I am primarily interested in the processes underlying plasticity and motor control.
I am excited to start a PhD investigating the use of neurostimulation to enhance brain plasticity after stroke, and I hope to refine the protocol for brain stimulation techniques in the context of brain injury.
My project is funded through a Brain Research UK grant.
I'm a doctoral student in the UCL-NIMH Joint Doctoral Training Program in Neuroscience. My prior academic focuses have been on Psychology, Vision Science, and Computer Science. Before my start with UCL Neuroscience, I held positions as a Clinical Researcher with the Children's National Medical Center of Washington D.C. and as Lab Manager of the Immersive Virtual Environment Testing Area at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. My current research interests include the behavior and neurophysiology of motor learning in adults affected by chronic stroke syndrome. I seek to further characterize the components of upper-limb motor control recovery via the digital capture of fine-grained motor data and concurrent cortical activity. I also wish to explore in greater detail the acquisition and loss of maladaptive motor synergies as a signifier for motor rehabilitation in the post-stroke patient.
The successful candidate will join a research group investigating decision signals in the human motor system, with a specific focus on neuroimaging, and in particular magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG). Additional techniques may include behavioural, neuropharmacological, and neurostimulation techniques such as TMS or tDCS. The Sobell Department laboratories are equipped with the latest technology for behavioural testing, neurostimulation, neuromodulation, and recordings of skilled actions. Our imaging activities are located at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging. The appointee will contribute to the on-going cutting-edge programme of research in human decision making and action selection, including research projects concerning the link between decision making, action selection and action execution, with a specific focus on the use of M/EEG to approach these themes.
The post is available from October 2014 and is funded to June 2016 in the first instance. You should apply for this position through UCL's online recruitment – www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs - where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1431768. If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Robinson, Personnel Officer, Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email:ion.hradmin.ucl.ac.uk).
Further details: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AJL234/research-associate/
Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Sven Bestmann (http://www.bestmannlab.com).
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