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Dr P.R. Roelfsema has been appointed professor by special appointment of Cognitive Neuroscience or brain stimulation at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA). The chair has been created by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Dr P.R. Roelfsema (1965) has been appointed professor by special appointment of Cognitive Neuroscience or brain stimulation at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA). The chair has been created by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Pieter Roelfsema is a leading neurobiologist. His research focuses on the interaction between brain areas during cognitive processes. He examines how the cerebral cortex creates visual objects out of the images that are registered by the eye. An important application of knowledge about interactions between brain areas is in the field of deep-brain stimulation, where the brain activity of patients with neurological and psychiatric syndromes is influenced using a pacemaker.

Roelfsema has been director of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, an institute of the KNAW, since 2007. In 2005, he was appointed professor by special appointment at the VU University Amsterdam. Roelfsema is an elected member of the International Neuropsychological Society. He received a VICI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research in 2008. Roelfsema has published articles in scientific journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience and Neuron.