John Van Opstal#


John Van Opstal
Email:j.vanopstal 'at' donders.ru.nl
Membership Number:4595
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:THE NETHERLANDS
Section:PHYSIOLOGY & NEUROSCIENCE
Username:jvanopstal
Elected:2017
Homepage: http://www.mbfys.ru.nl/~johnvo



Present and Previous Positions
  • 2018 - now Director Donders Centre for Neuroscience, Fac. Science, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • 2010 - now Chair in Biophysics at the Faculty of Science, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • 2010 - now Full professor of Biophysics
  • 2005 - 2010 Honorary professor in Systems Neuroscience at the Department of Biophysics
  • 1998 - 2005 Associate professor at the Department of Biophysics
  • 1990 - 1998 Assistant professor at the Department of Biophysics
  • 1988 - 1990 Postdoc at the Neurology Dept. at Zürich University, Switzerland
  • 1984 - 1988 PhD at the Department of Biophysics, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Fields of Scholarship
  • Neurophysiology
  • Single-cell recordings in macaque auditory and visuomotor midbrain, brainstem and cortex
  • Psychophysics
  • Eye-head gaze control
  • Multisensory integration
  • Sound localization
  • Auditory perception
  • Spatial awareness
  • Vestibular system
  • Neurotechnology
  • Cochlear implants
  • Sensorineural feedback
  • Neuro-morphic robotics
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Neural population modeling of the eye-head gaze-control system and the auditory system
  • Impaired hearing
  • Cochlear implants
  • Hearing aids
  • Bone-anchored hearing devices

Honours and Awards
  • 2017 Member of Academia Europaea
  • 2016 Personal ERC Advanced Grant (2017 - 2022): "ORIENT" (2.6M€; 2 PhD's, 3 postdocs, technician, PI)
  • 2015 Technical Science Foundation (STW) Perspective programme NeuroCIMT (OtoControl project, 500k€, 1 PhD, 1.2 postdoc)
  • 2013 EU Innovative Doctoral Programme grant (3.5M€) for "HealthPAC" project at Donders Institute (14 PhD students)
  • 2013 EU Innovative Network grant fot "iCARE" (1 postdoc, 1 PhD for Biophysics)
  • 2012 EU Innovative Network grant for "NETT" (3 PhD's for Biophysics)
  • 2012 and 2017 Research grants from Advanced Bionics, Hannover (2 PhD's)
  • 2005 Personal VICI research grant (1.5 M€) from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO; 2 PhDs, 2 postdocs)
  • 1998 Human Frontiers Science grant "MISOB" (1.5M US$) with Doug Munoz (Queens Univ, Kingston), Alex Meredith (Richmond, Va), Mary Behan (Wisconsin), and Gary Paige (Rochester, NY).
  • 2010-2017 more than 9M€ on research grants in open competition, national and international.

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