The dutch connectome lab is a group of neuroscience enthusiasts with all kinds of backgrounds (biology, physics, math, medicine, artificial intelligence) working at the Department of Psychiatry and the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus of the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Our focus: Integrative brain function depends on efficient functional communication within a massive web of billions to trillions of neuronal connections. All this is happening within what we call our 'brain'. Our research focus is to get a better understanding of the wiring architecture of the brain's network and to understand how abnormal connectivity may lead to neurological and psychiatric brain diseases. One of our recent pets is to map the communication hubs of the brain, examining how they 'rich club' together, at what price and, in particular, why... to keep our 1.5 kg of brain mush together?


These are the people of the Dutch Connectome Lab.


Esther Verstraete dept. Neurology, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands
Olaf Sporns dept. Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, USA
Leonard Van den Berg dept. Neurology, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands
Kees Stam dept. Clinical Neurophysiology, VUmc, Netherlands
Rex Jung University of New Mexico, USA
Sephira Ryman University of New Mexico, USA
Manon Benders dept. Neonatology, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands
Roberto Fernández dept. Mathematics, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Antonio Roque (PI) & Karina Yaginuma dept. Physics, University of Sâo Paulo, Brazil

Visitors & Students

Jet Termorshuizen
Femke van Kalken
Kirsten Bulsink


Hugo Baggio
Idoia Marques Iturria
Carlo Augusto Mallio
Fraukje Coopmans
Victor Saenger
Karl LaFleur
Maurits Ridder
Koen Helwegen
Aldo Córdova-Palomera
Isabelle Koster
Suus van Noort
Lizzy Ruijs



Appearances of Martijn van den Heuvel and the Dutch Connectome Lab in the media.



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