Assoc Prof. Karen Caeyenberghs
I have received my Master degree in Experimental Psychology in 2005 at the KULeuven (Belgium). I have obtained my PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2010 under supervision of Prof. S.P. Swinnen at the same university. I have revealed critical insights at the interface between brain structure, and function in relation to motor behaviour in children with traumatic brain injury. I am now senior research fellow at the School of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences, ACU. I am a broadly experienced scientist who has become acquainted with a variety of medical imaging techniques, including functional MRI and diffusion MRI, to address prominent problems of motor and cognitive control in the daily life of patients. With this overarching interdisciplinary expertise I have been able to perform innovative research, which resulted in a numerous articles. My ultimate drive is to reveal which specific aspects of white matter change in response to pathology and training, and to determine to what extent structural networks are subject to neuroplastic changes.
I have gained much experience in imaging studies, mostly with children with traumatic brain injury (see publications), in the Research Center for Motor Control and Neuroplasticity at the KU Leuven (promotor Prof. S. Swinnen). I was probably one of the first to conduct functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) in young children with traumatic brain injury (see paper in Brain, 2009), a daunting and extremely difficult task. I became also acquainted with Diffusion MRI, a technique to study integrity of white matter microstructure. In a next step, I have applied Graph Theoretical Network Analysis on functional MRI and Diffusion MRI data to look into the disruption of brain connectivity in TBI children and adults (see paper in Brain, 2012). In 2012, I have also become acquainted with a variety of state-of-the art medical imaging techniques, including multi-component relaxometry and quantitative magnetization transfer imaging, in the lab of Prof. D. Jones (CUBRIC, Cardiff University’s School of Psychology). The last years, I have developed extensive expertise in research projects developing training interventions to stimulate long-term neuroplasticity and improve motor and cognitive control.
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