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Sirius Boessenkool

DPhil Candidate in Clinical Neurosciences

After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands, I have been working as a research assistant in several clinically oriented MRI posts in neuroscience for several years. These experiences have convinced me to pursue my DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford.

Firstly, I assisted in MRI data analysis of fibromyalgia patients with Dr. Judy Veldhuijzen at the academic hospital in Utrecht. I then got offered a position with Dr. Sonia Bishop at FMRIB in Oxford, working on Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia and Depression. My work in her group was mainly centered around clinical diagnostic interviews and assisting with scripting of tasks and analysis.

I then joined Dr. Gwenaëlle Douaud, again at FMRIB, Oxford, as a research assistant for her project on high field strength imaging of the basal ganglia in Huntington's and Parkinson's disease. Initially, my role involved the planning and organization of the project, including recruitment, scheduling, making sure scans run smoothly, administration, and liaising with the clinicians involved in the project. More recently, I was admitted as a DPhil Candidate in her lab, expanding my work to the development of an fMRI motor task for the volunteers in the project to look in more detail at the involvement of the Basal Ganglia in movement in healthy volunteers as well as patients with Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.