Education and Academic Training

24/11/2011:                PhD in Medical Sciences (Radboud University Nijmegen), cum laude

Title: Cerebral reorganization in Parkinson’s disease
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. I. Toni & Prof. Dr. B.R. Bloem

15/11/2005:                Medical degree (MD; Radboud University Nijmegen, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hannover Medical School), cum laude

22/6/2014:                 Master in Medical Sciences (Radboud University Nijmegen), cum laude

01/7/1998:                 High school (Vechtdal college, Hardenberg), cum laude


Professional Experience

06/2017 – now:

  • Staff neurologist(Radboud University Medical Centre). Subspecialty: Movement Disorders.
  • Junior Principle Investigator(Radboud University Medical Centre). Centre: DCMN. Theme: Disorders of movement.
  • Associate Principle Investigator(Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging). Group: Systems Neurology.

11/2010 – 6/2017:     Resident in Neurology (RadboudUMC)

11/2012 – 4/2016:     Post-doctoral fellow (RadboudUMC, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour; 0.4 fte)

4/2015 – 8/2015:       Research fellow (National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Human Motor Control Section (chief: Dr. M. Hallett), Bethesda, MD, USA)

11/2005 – 11/2010:   PhD student (Radboud University Nijmegen, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and Neurology department

1/2003 – 8/2003:       Master student: Transcranial magnetic stimulation in dystonia
(supervisor: Dr. A. Münchau, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf)



2018:                            Michael J Fox Foundation (# 16048, USD 70k). Mindfulness effects on motor and non-motor dysfunction in people with Parkinson’s disease. Role: project leader (co-PI: Prof. Bas Bloem).

2018:                            Michael J Fox Foundation (# 15581, USD 694k). How Cerebral Plasticity Shapes Motor Progression in Parkinson’s Disease: A Longitudinal Neuroimaging Study. Role: project leader (co-PI: Prof. Bas Bloem).

2018:                            Internal Round Donders Centre for Medical Neuroscience (EUR 250k). The role of neuroinflammation in progressive basal ganglia dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. Role: co-PI with prof. Roshan Cools.

2016:                            NWO VENI (# 91617077, EUR 250k). The noradrenergic basis of Parkinson’s tremor: a systems-level fMRI approach. Role: project leader.

2016:                            Dutch Brain Foundation, Benny Vleerlaag Fonds (EUR 105k). The cerebral mechanisms underlying dyston¡c and essential tremor: a multimodal network approach. HA2016-02-01. Role: project leader.

2016:                            NWO Off Road (EUR 125k). Precision neuroscience for precision neurology: guiding personalized treatments for Parkinson’s tremor with individual neuroimaging. Role: project leader.

2016:                            Prinses Beatrix Fonds (EUR 250k). How transient peripheral dysfunction leads to long-lasting maladaptive plasticity in the central nervous system: a randomized controlled trial in neuralgic amyotrophy. Role: co-applicant & co-project leader(with Dr Van Alfen and Dr Groothuis).

2015:                            Schrödinger Stipendium(EUR 65k)to Heidemarie Zach. Dopa-responsive and dopa-resistant tremor in Parkinson’s disease. Role: co-applicant & co-project leader(with Prof Dr Bloem).

2013:                            Dutch Brain Foundation (EUR 150k). Why Parkinson’s disease has a variable dopaminergic response – cerebral differences between dopamine-responsive and dopamine-resistant tremor. F2013(1)-15. Role: project leader.

2013:                            Van Leersum Fonds (EUR 6.8k). Multitasking in Parkinson’s disease: cerebral mechanisms of a pervasive and fundamental impairment. VLF2013229. Role: project leader.


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