Within the context of the expansion of the research of the REVAL Rehabilitation Research group of Hasselt University the faculty of Rehabilitation sciences wishes to inform about a vacant PhD position (100%). REVAL is an interdisciplinary and translational research group which performs research in the domains of pediatric, neurologic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, biomechanics, health psychology, mental health care and rehabilitation of internal diseases. This PhD will be performed in collaboration with the research group Movement Control and Neuroplasticity Lab of the KU Leuven (in collaboration with prof. dr. Stephan Swinnen).
Aging is associated with a decline in motor functions, impacting quality of life and the ability to live independently. These functional changes are partly caused by age-related changes in the brain. However, it remains unclear how age-related changes in brain structure, function, and connectivity affect motor performance. Here, we study how age-related alterations in structural and functional brain interactions may account for deficits in motor behavior. On the one hand, we focus on the interaction between dedicated brain areas constituting the motor network involved in movement control. These interactions will be investigated within as well as across both hemispheres of the brain. On the other hand, we adopt a more global perspective by looking into age-related changes in the interactions among the different resting-state networks to arrive at a measure of neural dedifferentiation. Finally, we focus on training-induced neuroplasticity in the aging brain and study (a) which structural and functional brain measures predict future learning and (b) how both behavioral and measures are altered as a result of learning. This research project requires deployment of a combination of noninvasive brain stimulation and multimodal imaging techniques. We aim at contributing to the fundamental motor neuroscience of aging and to a body of knowledge that may inspire future training programs that alleviate or counteract functional decline with advancing age.
You will follow the rules and guidelines of the ‘doctoral school’ of Hasselt University.
You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
Position for 2 years. After positive evaluation one time extendable with 2 years.Positon at Hasselt University.
You can only apply online up to and including 25 May 2021.
The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file and an interview.
A presentation or assignment is a possibility.
Prof. dr. Koen CUYPERS, +32-11-269316, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. dr. Peter FEYS, +32-11-292123, email@example.com
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|Titel||PhD student PhD student Rehabilitation Sciences "Local and global network interactions in the aging brain and their effect on motor performance"|
|Job location||Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt|
|Veröffentlicht||April 21, 2021|
|Bewerbungsschluss||Mai 25, 2021|
|Jobart||PhD/ Doktorand/in  |
|Fachbereiche||Biomedizin,   Physiotherapie,   Rehabilitationsmedizin,   Gesundheitspsychologie  |