Research themes


People involved


From Neural Circuit Behaviour to Human Sensory-Motor Function

Dutch technology foundation STW

Dr. Ciska Heida

Prof. dr. Peter Veltink

Frauke Luft


Principal Investigator tracks

Ciska Heida: Central Motor Control

Project website

NeuroSIPE - Diagnostic tools for neurological disorders

The NeuroSipe Programme is a sustainable community and cooperation among Dutch universities, university medical centers, and companies, which aims to develop diagnostic tools for neurological disorders. The socio-economic impact of neurological disorders on society is huge, given the high incidence and prevalence. NeuroSIPE is unique in the sense that it focuses on a systems identification approach and not on a specific neurological disease or subsystem. Project description

Project description

The Movement Diagnostic System

Essential Tremor (ET), Parkinsonian tremor (PD) and limb dystonia are ubiquitous and disabling. Currently, diagnosis fails, especially in early disease stages, due to limited diagnostic tools. Targeted therapy is delayed, with a marked impact on disease outcome and progression. ET, PD and

dystonia are regarded to be diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), with pathological changes in different neuronal networks. This knowledge is hardly used in diagnosis, probably because neuronal networks are complex and situated deep in the brain. Functional MRI (fMRI) allows relating voluntary and involuntary movements directly with brain activity. Closed-loop system identification allows to asses the brain nuclei that are involved in motor control as well as the motor and sensory feedback loops that are hypothesized to play an important role in generating pathological brain activity.

Our goal is to develop a Movement Diagnostic System (MDS), a diagnostic system that captures abnormal brain activations in movement disorders patients. It will combine functional MRI, measures of muscle activity, video tracking devices and a wrist pertubator to manipulate the motor control systems.