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 graduated in 1998 as a nurse. His interest in neurology and neurosurgery led him to the operating theater at the University Hospital Antwerp, where he mentored Prof. dr. Dirk De Ridder and with whom he started the 'neuromodulation microbe'. The curiosity about 'how the brains make us are who we are' is his motivation t...

Dirk De Ridder, MD, PhD

Dirk De Ridder, MD, PhD, is professor of Neurosurgery at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago in New Zealand. His main interest is the understanding and treatment of phantom perceptions (sound, pain), especially by use of functional imaging navigated non-invasive (TMS, tDCS, tACS, tRNS, LORETA neurofeedback) and i...

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 neurophysiologic...

Dr. Michaël Boedts

Dr. Michaël Boedts is a Nose-Throat and Ear doctor, an otologist with a special interest in tinnitus and hyperacusis. Scientifically and clinically, he is strongly interested in resonance disorders of the ear, such as the open tube of Eustachius (Tuba Aperta), the Tensor Tympani Syndrome, tinnitus and hyperacusis. He developed...

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...