Willingness to take PhD students
Martin Vreugdenhil studies the role of synchronisation of neuronal activity at millisecond precision in normal brain function, by characterising the underlying mechanisms and the relation with behaviour, using in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology in combination with behavioural observations and cognitive tests. He is interested in how CNS-active drugs like recreational drugs affect neuronal synchronisation and how impairments in neuronal synchronisation observed in normal brain ageing, dementia and in epilepsy affect cognitive functions.
Currently Dr Vreugdenhil's research focuses on the effect of normal ageing on cognitive functions and the underlying changes in gamma frequency activity emerging from neuronal networks affected by the various subtle changes associated with normal ageing.
A new emerging theme is the effect of hallucinogenic drugs on perception and related gamma frequency activity in the neocortex, which may reveal what changes underlie psychosis, associated with pathologies like schizophrenia and dementias. Dr Vreugdenhil supervises doctoral researchers in all his areas of expertise.