Willem de Haan

DR., PhD


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Research interests

The aim of my research is to better understand the relation between brain network activity and dementia. It is my strong conviction that this topic deserves a much more prominent place in dementia research. Having been among the first to describe specific patterns of brain network damage in dementia, during the past five years I have developed a computational network model of AD. This approach helps to understand both the cause and course of the disease, and a recent insight is that it can also guide treatment selection by solving how to modulate abnormal brain activity in order to optimize network function. I published a proof-of-concept study and perspective article about this approach in 2017.  Currently, I am testing a method to detect abnormal hippocampal activity in MCI patients for early identification of individuals who can benefit from activity-based treatment. My ideal future occupation would be an academic position focusing on neurophysiology and Alzheimer, integrating computational brain network analysis and cognitive neurology.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, VU University

Award Date: 7 Nov 2012

External positions

Senior Researcher, Amsterdam Neuroscience, Amsterdam, Netherlands


  • R Medicine (General)
  • dementia
  • alzheimer
  • neurophysiology
  • magnetoencephalography
  • electroencephalography
  • brain networks
  • graph theory
  • functional connectivity
  • direct current stimulation
  • computational modelling
  • neural mass modelling


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