We moved! We are now part of the Complex Traits Genetics Lab, CNCR, at VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands. More...

Our e-mail adresses are updated, you can now contact us at:

Name Old e-email address New e-mail address
Martijn m.p.vandenheuvel@umcutrecht.nl
Lianne l.h.scholtens@umcutrecht.nl
Siemon s.c.delange@umcutrecht.nl
Yongbin y.wei@umcutrecht.nl
Dirk Jan d.j.ardesch-2@umcutrecht.nl
Rory r.pijnenburg@umcutrecht.nl
Alessandra a.griffa@umcutrecht.nl

Dutch Connectome Lab

The dutch connectome lab is a group of neuroscience enthusiasts with all kinds of backgrounds (biology, physics, math, medicine, artificial intelligence) working at the Complex Trait Genetics Lab and the center for neurogenomics and cognitive research, part of the Neurocience Campus Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC.

Our focus: Integrative brain function depends on efficient functional communication within a massive web of billions to trillions of neuronal connections. All this is happening within what we call our 'brain'. Our research focus is to get a better understanding of the wiring architecture of the brain's network and to understand how abnormal connectivity may lead to neurological and psychiatric brain diseases. One of our recent pets is to map the communication hubs of the brain, examining how they 'rich club' together, at what price and, in particular, why... to keep our 1.5 kg of brain mush together?

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These are the people of the Dutch Connetome Lab.


Recently published papers

  • Multiscale examination of cytoarchitectonic similarity and human brain connectivity
    Wei Y, Scholtens LH, Turk E, van den Heuvel MP | Network neuroscience | 01-06-2018
  • Network-Based Asymmetry of the Human Auditory System
    Misic B, Betzel RF, Griffa A, de Reus MA, He Y, Zuo XN, van den Heuvel MP, Hagmann P, Sporns O, Zatorre RJ | Cereb Cortex | 02-05-2018
  • Discordant attributes of structural and functional connectivity in a two-layer multiplex network
    Lim S, Radicchi F, van den Heuvel MP, Sporns O | bioRxiv | 1-5-2018
  • Multimodal connectomics in psychiatry: bridging scales from micro to macro
    Scholtens LH, van den Heuvel MP | Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging | 19-04-2018
  • Task-related effective connectivity reveals that the cortical rich club gates cortex-wide communication
    Senden M, Reuter N, van den Heuvel MP, Goebel R, Deco G, Gilson M | Hum Brain Mapping | 01-03-2018

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Our favorites

  • Proportional thresholding in resting-state fMRI functional connectivity networks and consequences for patient-control connectome studies: Issues and recommendations
    van den Heuvel MP, de Lange SC, Zalesky A, Seguin C, Yeo T, Schmidt R | Neuroimage. | 01-02-2017
  • Simulating disease propagation across white matter connectome reveals anatomical substrate for neuropathology staging in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    Schmidt R, de Reus MA, Scholtens LH, van den Berg LH, van den Heuvel MP | Neuroimage | 11-04-2015
  • Abnormal rich club organization and functional brain dynamics in schizophrenia
    van den Heuvel MP, Sporns O, Collin G, Scheewe T, Mandl RC, Cahn W, Goñi J, Hulshoff Pol HE, Kahn RS | JAMA Psychiatry | 01-08-2013
  • High-cost, high-capacity backbone for global brain communication
    van den Heuvel MP, Kahn RS, Goñi J, Sporns O | Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. | 10-07-2012
  • Rich-club organization of the human connectome
    van den Heuvel MP, Sporns O | J Neurosci. | 02-11-2011

more... [ 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006 | 2005 ]

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Internship positions are available for highly motivated students, who are as excited as us to explore the connectome.

Lab members have wide variety of backgrounds and are working on a broad range of topics, so it is likely that there will be a project of interest for you. To give an impression, we list a few previous projects:

  • Linking connectomes from various modalities (EEG, resting state fMRI, DTI)
  • Studying different modalities of the developing brain
  • Exploring the microscopic connectome of the C. elegans
  • Relating genetics and connectomics in disorders
  • Developing new mathematical tools for network analysis
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