Movement disorders

Background and research focus


Research on Movement Disorders is heterogeneous and builds on the interaction between clinical aspects, neurophysiology and neuromodulation that have been explored and developed over the years.

Research focus

  • Clinical scientific research on movement disorders
  • Genetics of movement disorders
  • Gut-brain interactions in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Deep brain stimulation and deep brain registration in movement disorders
  • Translational aspects of movement disorders in animals and animal models


Professors and Guest Professors

Bart Dermaut (Department of Biomolecular Medicine)

Debby Laukens (Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics)

Patrick Santens (contact person)

Roosmarijn Vandenbroecke (Department of Biomedical molecular biology)

Vanessa Vermeirssen (Department of Biomolecular Medicine; Department of Biomedical molecular biology)

PhD candidates

Arnout Bruggeman (Department of Biomedical molecular biology)

National and international collaborations

  • Interfacultary collaboration with department of experimental psychology: parkinson's disease, dopamine, behaviour.
  • Interfacultary collaboration with department of small animals, faculty of veterinary medicine (Prof.Sofie Bhatti): paroxysmal dystonia, dogs, genetics.
  • KUL, experimental neurophysiology (Prof.Vanhulle): parkinson's disease, deep brain registration, EEG.
  • Interuniversity project on cervical dystonia with UGent (neurology, rehabilitation, engineering), UA (neurology, rehabilitation), and Jimma University, Ethiopia (SIP).

Defended PhDs (last 5 years)

Coding Serial Position in Working Memory in the Healthy and Demented Brain

Maya De Belder (2017)

Motivational and Neuromodulatory Influences on Proactive and Reactive Cognitive Control

Hanne Schevernels (2015)