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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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Zeena Sanders
zsanders@fmrib.ox.ac.uk

I’m about to start my PhD training in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. My research with the London Plasticity group is primarily focused on investigating the malleability of sensorimotor cortical organisation. Using high field fMRI I explore how the fine-grained finger representations in the somatosensory cortex are altered following pharmacologically induced input loss. I am also interested in using real-time fMRI neurofeedback to alter brain activity in sensorimotor cortices, and its application to recovery following brain damage.

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Fiona van den Heiligenberg
fvdheiligenberg@gmail.com

I am interested in how the brain responds to adaptive motor strategies, such as the use of a prosthetic arm after amputation. For this purpose, I use 3T (f)MRI, psychophysics, behavioural experiments and physiological measurements. Ultimately, my research can provide exciting new opportunities for neurorehabilitation, while pushing the boundaries of what is known about neuroplasticity.

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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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Mischa Dhar
mischa.dhar.17@ucl.ac.uk

I'm an MRes student in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. My research interests lie in understanding the role of brain plasticity in mediating the potential benefits of technology and non-invasive brain-machine interfaces. Currently, I am investigating the neural embodiment of prosthetics in individuals with unilateral limb-loss.

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Nour Odeh
nour.odeh.17@ucl.ac.uk

I am currently completing an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at UCL. My research interests focus on cortical reorganisation after upper-limb loss, and how this might be ‘harnessed’ for successful clinical rehabilitation. I am motivated by the view that understanding the cognitive and neurophysiological signatures of prosthesis embodiment will lead to improvements in the functionality of artificial limbs, and thus better quality of life for the individual. 

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Dominic Stirling
dominic.stirling.17@ucl.ac.uk

I am currently completing an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. My main research interest is in non-invasive integration of wearable technology and the brain. Specifically, understanding what cortical changes occur as the brain accommodates for new types of robotic prosthetics. I believe this will help to improve the functionality and usability of these devices in the future.

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Emeka Obasi
emeka.obasi.15@ucl.ac.uk

I am an undergraduate medical student at UCL currently completing an iBSc in Neuroscience. In my research, I look at natural statistics of arm movements in congenital and acquired amputees. I believe that understanding the factors that influence the degree to which amputees use their impaired arm can help us in designing better rehabilitation strategies in the future.

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Sanne Kikkert
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Harriet Dempsey-Jones
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