About us


BRAI3N stands for Brain Research center for Advanced, Innovative, Interdisciplinary and International Neuromodulation and is founded by Jan Ost, Dr. Michael Boedts, Prof. Dr. Dirk De Ridder and Prof. Dr. Sven Vanneste.

BRAI3N follows the philosophy of Albert Einstein: "The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms".

BRAI3N aims to develop new neuromodulation treatments by combining the common neurophysiological mechanisms of diseases, such as the 'thalamocortical dysrhythmia' (tinnitus, pain, Parkinson, depression, epilepsy) and the 'reward deficiency syndromes' (obesity, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, Autism, Tourette and other "tic" syndromes, personality disorders).

BRAI3N is a multidisciplinary and international collaboration between doctors from different disciplines, specialists in neuromodulation, (neuro) psychologists, audiologists, physiotherapists and neuroscientists.

Internationally we work closely together with labs in Ireland (Trinity College Dublin), USA (University of Texas at Dallas), New Zealand (University of Otago) and South Korea (Seoul National University Bundang Hospital).

To complement each other, each partner focuses on a specific part of the joint scientific research.

As a result, new scientific insights can be applied clinically and new clinical insights can also be scientifically tested. This way we can quickly apply new, scientifically founded treatment protocols.

A mind is like a parachute,
it doesn't work if it isn't open.


Jan Ost

Jan Ost is a co-founder and co-owner of BRAI3N and serves as the clinical director. He graduated as a nurse in 1998. His interest in neurology and neurosurgery led him to the operating room at the University Hospital of Antwerp, where he met Prof. Dr. Dirk De Ridder, who sparked his interest in neuromodulation. Curiosity abo...

Dirk De Ridder, MD, PhD

Professor Dr. Dirk De Ridder is a Neurosurgery professor at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago in New Zealand, where he has been conducting research on neuromodulation and teaching neuroscience for the past 10 years. He is primarily interested in understanding and treating phantom perceptions (sound, pain) usin...

Sven Vanneste, PhD

Prof. dr. Sven Vanneste is one of the leading researchers in the field of auditory neuroscience, tinnitus, neuro-electrophysiological imaging and brain stimulation. He is particularly interested in studying neurological disorders and developing new neuromodulation treatments. By conducting research into common neurophysiolo...

Dr Georges Otte

Dr. Georges Otte is a neuropsychiatrist, former head physician at P.C. Dr. Guislain, head of the Neurolabo Guislain, and former head of psychogeriatrics. Throughout his career, he specialized in clinical neurophysiology, particularly EMG and EEG in the context of neurological, psychological, and psychiatric disorders. For a mod...

dr. Thierry Verplancke

Dr. Thierry Verplancke completed his psychiatry internship at the UAntwerpen and the Université Catholique de Louvain (2012-2016). He received additional training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the UGent (2010-2013) and is a member of the Kring voor Psychoanalyse, New Lacanian School in Ghent. He undertook a foreign interns...

Jessy Neyt

Jessy Neyt graduated as a social worker in 2004. During her studies, she became increasingly interested in the human psyche, which led her to choose a psychiatric hospital as her field of work. She decided to further delve into psychology and neurology and started the nursing program, where she was exposed to neurophysiology. In...

Frederique Moreels

Frederique Moreels graduated as a nurse in 2005. Due to her curiosity about how our brains work, she specialized in the nursing aspects of neurological disorders. She gained extensive experience in the neurology - neurosurgery and ENT departments. In addition to performing daily neuromodulatory treatments, Frederique also wor...

Eva Geraerts - secretariaat

Eva Geraerts works as a secretary at BRAI3N. She is responsible for scheduling and handling all administrative tasks. Contact number: 0032 (0)9273 66 60 eva.geeraerts@brai3n.com ...

Dr. Arne Van Renterghem

Dr. Arne Van Renterghem is a general practitioner in Merelbeke, Belgium. He has a particular interest in the underlying neurobiological processes of common psychological complaints such as Burn-Out, surmenage (burnout), stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, unrecognized autism, and psychosomatic symptoms. As a general practitioner,...

Kim Strubbe - Psycholoog

The interaction between body and mind has fascinated Kim from a young age. After completing her Master of Science in Psychology at Ghent University, she further honed her clinical skills at the Multidisciplinary Pain Center of AZ Sint-Jan in Bruges. Since 2009, she has been treating people primarily dealing with psycho-physiolog...

Trinity College Dublin - Ireland

Lab for Clinical and Integrative Neuroscience

Lab for Clinical and Integrative Neuroscience Under the direction of Prof. dr. Dr. Sven Vanneste is part of the School of Psychology and Trinity College Institute for Neuroscience at the Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.

New Zealand

The research on the New Zealand includes 4 shutters. The driving force behind this project is Prof. dr. Dr. Dirk De Ridder.


Lab for Clinical and Integrative Neuroscience Under the direction of Prof. dr. Dr. Sven Vanneste is part of the Department of Neuroscience at the Faculty of Behavioral and Neuroscience at the University of Texas in Dallas in the United States, the 'Clinical and Integrative Neurosciences' laboratory.


Under the supervision of Jae-Jin Song, the department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery of the National University Bundang Hospital in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is studying tinnitus with functional neurological imaging.


Brain innovations was established as a joint venture to integrate the very rapid new developments in brain research and technology to create new treatments for untreatable diseases. Brain innovations came about when the people of the Belgian BRAI3N group started to collaborate with the Delft University of Technology and the Neu...

Technical University TU-Delft

Technical University TU-Delft the Netherlands department: Biomedical / Bioelectronics Engineering.Erasmus University Rotterdam department Neuroscience...