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) using both invasive (implants) and non-invasive neuromodulation techniques (TMS, tDCS, tRNS, LORETA neurofeedback, etc.).

His research focuses on the common characteristics of conditions such as thalamocortical dysrhythmias (pain, tinnitus, Parkinson's disease, depression, slow-wave epilepsy) and dysfunctions of the reward system (addiction, OCD, personality disorders, etc.).

A third pillar of his research explores the neurobiological processes of the 'self' and the 'other' and their relationship with social interactions, philosophy, and religion.

Dirk De Ridder developed "Burst" and "Noise" stimulations as new designs for implants and continuously seeks improvements, variations, and other stimulation concepts.

Since September 2022, he has been appointed as 'adjunct faculty' in the physiotherapy department at Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India, where he leads research projects on neuromodulation for rehabilitation. Since March 2023, he has been appointed as a co-opted Professor in Neurosurgery in the "Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery" department at the University of Bonn in Germany. Together with Prof Dr. Maciaczyk, he conducts research on new brain implantation and brain stimulation techniques for neurological and psychiatric disorders. Prof Dr. De Ridder teaches applied neuroscience at the Bonn International Graduate Schools.

Since October 2022, he has been a guest professor at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, where he collaborates with Prof. Dr. Sven Vanneste to further investigate the effects of neuromodulation.

He has authored over 40 book chapters, co-edited the book "Textbook of Tinnitus," and three other books on tinnitus. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific articles. He serves as a reviewer for over 100 international scientific journals.

He is a co-founder of BRAI3N.

Publicaties: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.go...

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