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Tamar Makin
t.makin@ucl.ac.uk

I am a neuroscientist at UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, heading the Plasticity Lab. My main interest is in understanding the key drivers and limitations of reorganisation in the adult brain. My primary model for this work is studying individuals with a hand loss. A particular focus is on how habitual behaviour, such as prosthesis usage, shapes brain reorganisation. For this purpose, I integrate methods from the fields of neuroscience, experimental psychology and rehabilitation. I hope my research will enable clinicians to guide amputees and related clinical populations to take advantage of the benefits of brain reorganisation, rather than to suffer from their adverse effects.

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Dollyane Muret
d.muret@ucl.ac.uk

I am a postdoctoral researcher, with a biology background. I did my PhD and a first postdoc on tactile perception and brain plasticity. I am interested in understanding how the usage we do of our different body parts (i.e., both in terms of movement and touch) affects brain organisation in adults. Specifically, I investigate how the loss or absence of a hand (i.e., in amputees) modifies the way the other body parts are used in daily activities, and how this modified behaviour impacts brain organisation. To this aim, I combine different methods, from psychophysics to neuroimaging, but also brain stimulation. 

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Daan Wesselink
d.wesselink@ucl.ac.uk

I’m a PhD student in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. I’m interested in how much cortical representations of the body rely on sensorimotor input to the brain. As part of my PhD, I look at hand representation in people with reduced somatosensory afference, due to amputation or anaesthesia. I also study people with changed sensorimotor behaviour, e.g. people with high foot dexterity. My main tool for probing cortical representations is high-field fMRI

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Roni Maimon
roni.maimonmor@ndcn.ox.ac.uk

I’m a PhD student in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Oxford.  I'm interested in integrating tools from different disciplines (cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, rehabilitation, computational neuroscience), in order to gain a better understanding of brain plasticity, to benefit real people with real life problems. Specifically, I'm focusing on the issue of low prosthesis usage in individuals with congenital and acquired limb loss. I'm a tech enthusiast and an all-round geek.

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Paulina Kieliba
p.kieliba.17@ucl.ac.uk
 

I am a PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL with a background in biomedical engineering. I am interested in combining the strengths of technology and neuroscientific research to best help individuals suffering from motor deficits. In particular, I explore opportunities for improving the usability and design of artificial limbs. In my research, I am looking at the supernumerary robotic fingers as an alternative to traditional prosthetic devices. I study the changes in the sensorimotor systems associated with the usage of an extra fingers both in healthy participants and in amputees.

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Victoria Root
victoria.root.16@ucl.ac.uk

I’m a PhD student in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. I am interested in the possible mechanisms behind the experience of phantom pain in acquired amputees. Specifically, I will be using an fMRI probability paradigm in combination with a predictive coding framework, to attempt to explain the chronicity of this condition. I am also interested in the reciprocity of the relationship between the primary sensorimotor cortices, and whether this can provide adaptive benefits to individuals. 

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Hunter Schone
hunter.schone.16@ucl.ac.uk

I’m a PhD student with the UCL/NIMH joint doctoral program. I am interested in how the brain changes to meet the cognitive and motor demands of wearable robotic devices. My current research focuses on how the brain facilitates congenital and acquired upper-limb amputees to control an artificial prosthetic hand. Using a combination of fMRI and motor paradigms, I hope to better understand how amputees learn to control prosthetic hands to inform the design of prosthetic devices and prosthesis training protocols. 

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Elena Amoruso
e.amoruso@ucl.ac.uk

I am a PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, with a background in experimental psychology. I am interested in the role of adaptive behavioural strategies, which individuals develop to compensate for the missing hand, in driving cortical reorganisation. I will use fMRI and TMS to assess cortical reorganisation and its causality with adaptive behaviour. To examine compensatory strategies and their behavioural effects,  I combine ecological tasks with psychophysical measures in individuals with congenital and acquired upper-limb loss.

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Dani Clode
d.clode@ucl.ac.uk

I am a Research Assistant and Product Designer in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. My background is in prosthetic arm design and human extension exploration, and I’m interested in forming strong connections between design and neuroscience. My Masters degree project - the Third Thumb (https://vimeo.com/220291411), is a 3D printed supernumerary robotic thumb, which is currently the main tool for a fMRI study on how the brain adapts to the usage of devices that augment the capabilities of the human hand. 

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Mathew Kollamkulam
mathew.kollamkulam.17@ucl.ac.uk

I'm a BSc Psychology student at UCL completing my final year project with the lab and helping out as a Research Assistant. My project investigates the importance of somatosensory feedback in motor control. Working with the Third Thumb, the study also explores learning, training and consolidation of motor skills required to control the robotic finger.

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Maria Kromm
m.kromm@ucl.ac.uk

I am a Research Assistant in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. I am interested in the drivers and limitations of cortical reorganisation in individuals with congenital and acquired hand absence. More specifically, I am involved in research projects where we are investigating whether and how behaviour might modify sensorimotor organisation by means of neuroimaging and brain stimulation. 

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Yagmur Idil Ozdemir
yagmur.ozdemir.17@ucl.ac.uk

I joined the London Plasticity Lab as a Research Assistant after completing my undergraduate in neurosciences. I am interested in how the brain constitutes the body’s physical reality, how it formulizes to interact this reality with the outside world and how it optimizes these methods. To address these questions, I use tools from embodied cognition, information theory and computational motor control. I’m collaborating with students in the group to study brain changes induced by using a robotic extra finger in healthy populations and individuals with arm-amputation. I am committed to ethical data science and I am a (trying-her-hardest) programming enthusiast.

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Sanne Kikkert
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Harriet Dempsey-Jones
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