Serge Dumoulin appointed director of Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging

16 December 2015

Serge Dumoulin has been appointed director of the Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging in Amsterdam effective 1 January 2016. The Spinoza Centre, which opened its doors on 30 March 2015, gives neuroscientists access to ultra-sensitive MRI scanners for research into brain function and brain disorders.

20151216 serge dumoulin foto milette raats 220x267Serge Dumoulin is currently Professor of Experimental Psychology at Utrecht University. He was selected for his extensive knowledge of and experience working with imaging techniques in neuroscientific research. The Spinoza Centre has two 3 Tesla MRI scanners and one 7 Tesla MRI scanner. These can produce very high-resolution images of brain function, structure and metabolism. Dumoulin will work with the Centre’s main users to develop its scientific programme along four lines: cognition and perception; emotion; clinical neuroscience; and methods and statistics.

About Serge Dumoulin

After studying biology at Utrecht University, Serge Dumoulin (born in 1973) obtained his PhD at McGill University in Canada. Before returning to Utrecht in 2010, he had postdoctoral positions at McGill University and at Stanford University (United States), with visiting lectureships in Brisbane (Australia) and Birmingham (UK). He has received a Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and in 2015 was presented with the Ammodo KNAW Award for research in the social sciences. Dumoulin investigates the interface between human perception and cognition. He uses the visual system as a model for the entire cerebral cortex, but also as a laboratory to develop and test new research techniques. He has developed innovative adaptations for brain scanners as well as new methods to analyse and interpret data.

About the Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging

The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging is a joint initiative between the Academy’s Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, the University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, VU Medical Center, and the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam. It brings together neuroscientists in the Amsterdam region. It is located on the grounds of the AMC and is supported by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by funds contributed by the City of Amsterdam and the Province of Noord-Holland. The Spinoza Centre encourages collaboration in the Amsterdam region and offers a national infrastructure where possible. It cooperates with the university medical centres in Leiden and Utrecht, which also conduct medical research using a 7T MRI scanner, and with Philips.

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