prof. dr. C.T. (Nick) Payroll Test persoon

prof. dr. C.T. (Nick) Payroll Test persoon

Full Professor
prof. dr. C.T. (Nick) Payroll Test persoon
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery

Research Programs




Nick Ramsey has a degree in Psychology and a PhD in neuro-psychopharmacology, both from the university of Utrecht (Netherlands). He became a specialist in cognitive neuroimaging in the US (National Institutes of Health), and applies modern techniques, including high-field (7 Tesla) fMRI and intracranial EEG, to questions on working memory, language, and sensorimotor function. His primary goal is to acquire and translate neuro-scientific insights to patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders, with a focus on brain-computer interfacing (BCI). He is full professor in cognitive neuroscience at the department of neurology and neurosurgery of the UMC Utrecht since 2007. He has been awarded several personal grants including a VIDI (NWO, 2002) for elucidating working memory, a VICI (NWO, 2006) and later a European ERC Advanced grant for developing intracranial BCI concepts for paralyzed people. The BCI research resulted in a world-wide first fully implanted BCI for home use, implanted in a locked-in patient with ALS in 2015. Current research aims to develop and implement the next generation BCI implants, for enabling people with communication disorders to speak again. He has co-founded, and is the current President of, the international brain-Computer Interface. He has also been awarded a STW Valorisation grant (phase 1 & 2) for starting a spin-off company (BrainCarta) to provide Clinical fMRI reports to clinicians. He has supervised over 20 PhD students and has (co)authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications.

Research line

Brain-Computer Interface, Human Brain Function, Neurotechnology, Translational Neuroscience

Key publications

 1: Ramsey NF, Salari E, Aarnoutse EJ, Vansteensel MJ, Bleichner MB and Freudenburg ZV (2017) Decoding spoken phonemes from sensorimotor cortex with High-Density ECoG grids. Neuroimage (in press)

2: Bruurmijn LCM, Pereboom IPL, Vansteensel MJ, Raemaekers MAH and Ramsey NF (2017) Preservation of hand movement representation in the sensorimotor areas of amputees. Brain 140(12):3166-3178

3: Berezutskaya J, Freudenburg ZV, Güçlü U, van Gerven MAJ, Ramsey NF (2017) Neural tuning to low-level features of speech throughout the perisylvian cortex. J Neurosci (in press)

4: Vansteensel MJ, Pels EGM, Bleichner MG, Branco MP, Denison T, Freudenburg ZV, Gosselaar P, Leinders S, Ottens TH, Van Den Boom MA, Van Rijen PC, Aarnoutse EJ, Ramsey NF (2016) Fully Implanted Brain–Computer Interface in a Locked-In Patient with ALS. N Engl J Med 375:2060-2066

5: Branco MP, Freudenburg ZV, Aarnoutse EJ, Bleichner MG, Vansteensel MJ, Ramsey NF (2016) Decoding hand gestures from primary somatosensory cortex using high-density ECoG. Neuroimage 147:130-142

6: Vansteensel MJ, Bleichner MG, Freudenburg ZV, Hermes D, Aarnoutse EJ, Leijten FS, Ferrier CH, Jansma JM, Ramsey NF (2014) Spatiotemporal characteristics of electrocortical brain activity during mental calculation. Hum Brain Mapp. 35(12):5903-20.

7: Ramsey NF, Aarnoutse EJ, Vansteensel MJ (2014) Brain implants for substituting lost motor function: state of the art and potential impact on lives of motor-impaired seniors. Gerontology 60(4): 366-72

Side Activities

CSO & Founder of startup (unpaid), Braincarta BV

Scientific Advisor to Wyss Center For Bio And Neuroengineering

Fellowship and Awards

Fogarty Fellowship at the National Institute in Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism (1992)

Fogarty Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (1994)

SIGO Prize for interdisciplinary behavioral science (2018)

Research Output (247)

Moving in on human motor cortex. Characterizing the relationship between body parts with non-rigid population response fields

Schellekens Wouter, Bakker Carlijn, Ramsey Nick F, Petridou Natalia Apr 2022, In: PLoS Computational Biology. 18 , p. 1-31

Open multimodal iEEG-fMRI dataset from naturalistic stimulation with a short audiovisual film

Berezutskaya Julia, Vansteensel Mariska J., Aarnoutse Erik J., Freudenburg Zachary V., Piantoni Giovanni, Branco Mariana P., Ramsey Nick F. 21 Mar 2022, In: Scientific data. 9

Distinct representation of ipsilateral hand movements in sensorimotor areas

Bruurmijn Mark L C M, Raemaekers Mathijs, Branco Mariana P, Ramsey Nick F, Vansteensel Mariska J Nov 2021, In: European Journal of Neuroscience. 54 , p. 7599-7608 10 p.

Decoding four hand gestures with a single bipolar pair of electrocorticography electrodes

Verwoert Maxime, Vansteensel Mariska J., Freudenburg Zachary V., Aarnoutse Erik J., Leijten Frans S.S., Ramsey Nick F., Branco Mariana P. 4 Oct 2021, In: Journal of Neural Engineering. 18 , p. 1-10

Decoding attempted phantom hand movements from ipsilateral sensorimotor areas after amputation

Bruurmijn L. C.M., Raemaekers M., Branco M. P., Vansteensel M. J., Ramsey N. F. Oct 2021, In: Journal of Neural Engineering. 18 , p. 1-9

A touch of hierarchy: population receptive fields reveal fingertip integration in Brodmann areas in human primary somatosensory cortex

Schellekens Wouter, Thio Martijn , Badde Stephanie, Winawer Jonathan, Ramsey Nick, Petridou Natalia Sep 2021, In: Brain Structure and Function. 226 , p. 2099-2112 14 p.

Size of the spatial correlation between ECoG and fMRI activity

Piantoni Giovanni, Hermes Dora, Ramsey Nick, Petridou Natalia 6 Aug 2021, In: NeuroImage. 242

Reduced brain activation during spoken language processing in children with developmental language disorder and children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

Vansteensel Mariska J., Selten Iris S., Charbonnier Lisette, Berezutskaya Julia, Raemaekers Mathijs A.H., Ramsey Nick F., Wijnen Frank 30 Jul 2021, In: Neuropsychologia. 158

Functional MRI based simulations of ECoG grid configurations for optimal measurement of spatially distributed hand-gesture information

van den Boom Max A, Miller Kai J, Ramsey Nick F, Hermes Dora Apr 2021, In: Journal of Neural Engineering. 18 , p. 1-12

Novel intraoperative online functional mapping of somatosensory finger representations for targeted stimulating electrode placement:technical note

McMullen David P, Thomas Tessy M, Fifer Matthew S, Candrea Daniel N, Tenore Francesco V, Nickl Robert W, Pohlmeyer Eric A, Coogan Christopher, Osborn Luke E, Schiavi Adam, Wojtasiewicz Teresa, Gordon Chad R, Cohen Adam B, Ramsey Nick F, Schellekens Wouter, Bensmaia Sliman J, Cantarero Gabriela L, Celnik Pablo A, Wester Brock A, Anderson William S, Crone Nathan E 26 Mar 2021, In: Journal of Neurosurgery. 135 , p. 1493-1500 8 p.

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