We are very proud to announce that ir. Ivo de la Rive Box will introduce a different perspective on the application of science during the Mind the Brain Symposium! On Thursday June the 14th you will be able to attend his talk, as well as experience a live demonstration!


"As an entrepreneur I have the pleasure to realize things that have never been done before, by working with ideas from colleagues, and combining that with money from outside investors. Lacking any background in Neuroscience,  I will give you my take on the commercialization of recent advances in Brain Computer Interfacing, hereby focusing on the current possibilities with non-invasive techniques. This will not be a prediction, as Nils Bohr once famously said: 
"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future."
However, combining views from various industries may give some insights of where we see that mankind could gain practical experience before starting to enhance the effects of its fantastic brain, by leveraging calculations in an outside computer and interfacing with it. 
Let's start with practical use-cases that would work right now. 

With our team from MindAffect, we will also present to you a working Brain Computer Interface, which we are developing to help Locked-In Patients, and which we intend to test with ALS patients by the end of the year." 





It is our great pleasure to announce the various workshops which will be held on June 13th at the Mind the Brain symposium.

The first two workshops in the list below are provided by Career Services at Utrecht University. We are very grateful for their willingness to collaborate and strongly encourage students to check out their webpage for a wider selection of helpful workshops (


At the symposium, the workshops will run in a parallel format. This enables visitors to participate in max two of the four different workshops. Workshop participation is not obligatory, but we strongly encourage interested visitors to enroll. There are limited spots available, which will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to check out the descriptions HERE
and enroll as soon as possible HERE.

Enrollments are now open!






Finally we are able to share with you the definitive program and time schedule for the upcoming Mind the Brain symposium on the 13th and 14th of June. For the full schedule, see the Program page.


See you all in June!





We are very happy to announce our final speaker for the Mind the Brain symposium. Dr. R.P.W. (Rob) Rouhl will give a Keynote lecture on the use of deep brain stimulation as a therapeutic target for epilepsy.


''Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disorder in (young) adults. In about 1/3 of patients, the epilepsy will cause recurrent seizures, despite adequate treatment with medication. These patients suffer from refractory epilepsy. In some of these patients, surgical resection of the part of the brain which is involved in the start of the seizures is possible and leads to seizure freedom. Whenever this treatment is not possible, or has not worked out well enough, neuromodulation is the next step. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a promising treatment modality which may reduce seizures in these patients. However, results are variable with regard to treatment effect (seizure reduction) as well as to side effects of the stimulation. Rob’s goal in the deep brain stimulation in epilepsy research line in the ACE is to increase efficacy of DBS treatment in epilepsy and reduce side effects. To achieve this goal, electrophysiology, as well as advanced neuroimaging methods with high field MR scanners are used.''

We are incredibly excited to announce our third speaker for this years Mind the Brain symposium, Prof. Dr. Pieter R. Roelfsema, from Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam.

"A long-standing dream of scientists is to be able to directly project images from the outside world onto the cerebral cortex, bypassing the eyes. This method could provide a solution for blind and visually impaired patients. In particular, it is the only possible solution for patients in whom the connection between eye and brain is lost so that a retinal prosthesis is not an option.
I will first give an overview of the functioning of the visual cortex, which has low level areas for the analysis of simple visual features and higher areas for the analysis for more complex properties such as object category and face recognition. I will then give a brief overview of previous studies that implanted electrodes into the visual cortex of patients. The electrical stimulation of electrodes leads to artificial percepts called "phosphenes" and it also works in patients who have been blind for decades. The goal of our own research is to bring a prosthesis for the visual cortex closer. We are currently carrying out experiments with 1000 electrodes in the visual cortex with the aim to generate complex visual patterns. Does this stimulation lead to interpretable images, in the same way that pixels form recognizable patterns on a screen? If successful, this research will take an important step in the direction of prostheses that can restore a rudimantary form of vision. However, the availability of this prosthesis will still have to wait a few more years."





It is our great honor to reveal that Professor Willem J.M.I. Verbeke P.h.D., Distinguished Professsor at the Erasmus School of Economics, Rotterdam, will be holding a keynote lecture at the Mind the Brain symposium.



Professor Verbeke's research examines the applications of growth theory in marketing, the configural approach of sales organisations, emotions (especially self-conscious emotions) within marketing, network theory, and knowledge-based marketing. His current focus is neuro-economics, fMRI and endocrinology-based research.


"In the lecture I will discuss the work I have been doing with my Ph.D. students and colleagues over the last 10 years. While most researchers start their career in neuroscience, I only stepped into the field of neuroscience late in my career. This adventure however has given me more than I ever expected. In the lecture I provide an overview about our work on social neuroscience: specifically our work on fMRI, endocrinology, hyper EEG, resting state, genetics, and epigenetics. In the lecture I will make a coherent narrative about our research findings, concretely social neuroscience, as the research steps we took came into our minds like a domino chain reaction. In providing this narrative I hope to inspire young researchers on how to also undertake similar research adventures. Last but not least I offer young researchers some advice on what they should do to become a successful neuroscientist and how to avoid some mistakes that I have made during my research adventures."




We are incredibly pleased to announce that Dr. Mariska van Steensel will attend as a keynote lecturer at the Mind the Brain symposium 2018.




''My mission is to use the wealth of neuroscientific knowledge directly for the benefit of people with disease or disability. The main focus of my research since 2007, in the lab of Professor Nick Ramsey, has been the development and testing of an implantable Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) for communication in sev...erely paralyzed people, based on subdural electrocorticographic electrodes.
In my lecture, I will explain how BCIs work, and show the results of the initial proof-of-concept studies that led to the development of a fully implantable BCI for home use, the Utrecht Neural Prosthesis (UNP), and the implantation of that device in a woman with late stage ALS, in 2015. After a period of intensive collaboration with the participant, she is now able to use the system to communicate with her family and caregivers, without the presence of the research team, which demonstrates that the concept of implantable BCIs for home use by people who are severely paralyzed is feasible. Finally, I will elaborate on our current work that is aimed at developing the next generation implantable BCIs, which should allow for improved functionality by utilizing the detailed organization of the sensorimotor areas in the brain.''