Tinnitus is a very common problem, affecting 10-15% of adults. Previous research has shown that in about 14% of these patients, tinnitus is influenced by tension in cervical musculature or decreased mobility in the cervical spine. Our own research has shown that we can treat these patients using physiotherapy, and animal research has proposed neurophysiological connections to explain this link between cervical spine problems and tinnitus. However, it remains unclear why not every patient with tinnitus experiences an influence of neck complaints on their tinnitus. Likewise, we currently cannot explain why not every patient with neck dysfunction experiences a tinnitus sound.
With this project we aim to answer these questions by deploying a multimodal medical imaging protocol to compare the brain activity of three groups of patients: patients with neck-related tinnitus, patients with other types of tinnitus and patients with neck complaints without tinnitus. As a PhD student you will primarily be involved in the MRI scanning, and data-analysis.
Within the context of a collaboration between the REVAL Rehabilitation Research group of Hasselt University, the department of translational neurosciences of the University of Antwerp and Imec-Vision Lab, we wish to inform you about a vacant PhD position (100%) in Neuroscience concerning underlying mechanisms of somatic tinnitus. REVAL is an interdisciplinary and translational research group which performs research in the domains of pediatric, neurologic, geriatric and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, biomechanics, health psychology, mental health care and rehabilitation of internal diseases. The department of translational neurosciences of the University of Antwerp conducts research on the sensory organs of the human head and on the head and neck structures in which nerves play a major role, such as the brain, eyes, ears, nose, teeth, tongue, and throat; and all related health issues. Imec-Vision Lab is a research lab of the Department of Physics of the University of Antwerp. Vision Lab's main research area is the development of novel image reconstruction, processing and analysis methods, which are applied in the domain of Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Shape modelling, and Remote Sensing.
You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
Position for 2 years. After positive evaluation one time extendable with 2 years. Position at Hasselt University and University of Antwerp. Starting date is 01.10.2023.
The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file and an interview.
A presentation or assignment is a possibility.
Apply up to 16.04.2023