prof. dr. N.F. (Nick) Ramsey

prof. dr. N.F. (Nick) Ramsey

Full Professor
prof. dr. N.F. (Nick) Ramsey
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery

Research Programs




Nick Ramsey has a degree in Psychology and a PhD in neuro-psychopharmacology, both from the university of Utrecht (Netherlands). He became a specialist in cognitive neuroimaging in the US (National Institutes of Health), and applies modern techniques, including high-field (7 Tesla) fMRI and intracranial EEG, to questions on working memory, language, and sensorimotor function. His primary goal is to acquire and translate neuro-scientific insights to patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders, with a focus on brain-computer interfacing (BCI). He is full professor in cognitive neuroscience at the department of neurology and neurosurgery of the UMC Utrecht since 2007. He has been awarded several personal grants including a VIDI (NWO, 2002) for elucidating working memory, a VICI (NWO, 2006) and later a European ERC Advanced grant for developing intracranial BCI concepts for paralyzed people. The BCI research resulted in a world-wide first fully implanted BCI for home use, implanted in a locked-in patient with ALS in 2015. Current research aims to develop and implement the next generation BCI implants, for enabling people with communication disorders to speak again. He has co-founded, and is the current President of, the international brain-Computer Interface. He has also been awarded a STW Valorisation grant (phase 1 & 2) for starting a spin-off company (BrainCarta) to provide Clinical fMRI reports to clinicians. He has supervised over 20 PhD students and has (co)authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications.

Research line

Brain-Computer Interface, Human Brain Function, Neurotechnology, Translational Neuroscience

Key publications

 1: Ramsey NF, Salari E, Aarnoutse EJ, Vansteensel MJ, Bleichner MB and Freudenburg ZV (2017) Decoding spoken phonemes from sensorimotor cortex with High-Density ECoG grids. Neuroimage (in press)

2: Bruurmijn LCM, Pereboom IPL, Vansteensel MJ, Raemaekers MAH and Ramsey NF (2017) Preservation of hand movement representation in the sensorimotor areas of amputees. Brain 140(12):3166-3178

3: Berezutskaya J, Freudenburg ZV, Güçlü U, van Gerven MAJ, Ramsey NF (2017) Neural tuning to low-level features of speech throughout the perisylvian cortex. J Neurosci (in press)

4: Vansteensel MJ, Pels EGM, Bleichner MG, Branco MP, Denison T, Freudenburg ZV, Gosselaar P, Leinders S, Ottens TH, Van Den Boom MA, Van Rijen PC, Aarnoutse EJ, Ramsey NF (2016) Fully Implanted Brain–Computer Interface in a Locked-In Patient with ALS. N Engl J Med 375:2060-2066

5: Branco MP, Freudenburg ZV, Aarnoutse EJ, Bleichner MG, Vansteensel MJ, Ramsey NF (2016) Decoding hand gestures from primary somatosensory cortex using high-density ECoG. Neuroimage 147:130-142

6: Vansteensel MJ, Bleichner MG, Freudenburg ZV, Hermes D, Aarnoutse EJ, Leijten FS, Ferrier CH, Jansma JM, Ramsey NF (2014) Spatiotemporal characteristics of electrocortical brain activity during mental calculation. Hum Brain Mapp. 35(12):5903-20.

7: Ramsey NF, Aarnoutse EJ, Vansteensel MJ (2014) Brain implants for substituting lost motor function: state of the art and potential impact on lives of motor-impaired seniors. Gerontology 60(4): 366-72

Side Activities

CSO & Founder of startup (unpaid), Braincarta BV

Scientific Advisor to Wyss Center For Bio And Neuroengineering

Fellowship and Awards

Fogarty Fellowship at the National Institute in Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism (1992)

Fogarty Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (1994)

SIGO Prize for interdisciplinary behavioral science (2018)

Research Output (234)

A touch of hierarchy: population receptive fields reveal fingertip integration in Brodmann areas in human primary somatosensory cortex

Schellekens Wouter, Thio Martijn , Badde Stephanie, Winawer Jonathan, Ramsey Nick, Petridou Natalia sep 2021, In: Brain Structure and Function. 226 , p. 2099-2112 14 p.

Brain-Computer Interfaces for Communication:Preferences of Individuals With Locked-in Syndrome

Branco Mariana P., Pels Elmar G.M., Sars Ruben H., Aarnoutse Erik J., Ramsey Nick F., Vansteensel Mariska J., Nijboer Femke 1 mrt 2021, In: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 35 , p. 267-279 13 p.

Detailed somatotopy of tongue movement in the human sensorimotor cortex:A case study

Schippers Anouck, Vansteensel Mariska J, Freudenburg Zachary V, Leijten Frans S S, Ramsey Nick F 19 jan 2021, In: Brain stimulation. 14 , p. 287-289 3 p.

Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex-based control with an implanted brain–computer interface

Leinders Sacha, Vansteensel Mariska J., Branco Mariana P., Freudenburg Zac V., Pels Elmar G.M., Van der Vijgh Benny, Van Zandvoort Martine J.E., Ramsey Nicolas F., Aarnoutse Erik J. 1 dec 2020, In: Scientific Reports. 10

Cortical network responses map onto data-driven features that capture visual semantics of movie fragments

Berezutskaya Julia, Freudenburg Zachary V, Ambrogioni Luca, Güçlü Umut, van Gerven Marcel A J, Ramsey Nick F 1 dec 2020, In: Scientific Reports. 10

A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Approach for Language Laterality Assessment in Young Children

Charbonnier Lisette, Raemaekers Mathijs A H, Cornelisse Philippe A, Verwoert Maxime, Braun Kees P J, Ramsey Nick F, Vansteensel Mariska J 17 nov 2020, In: Frontiers in Pediatrics. 8 , p. 1-14

High-density intracranial recordings reveal a distinct site in anterior dorsal precentral cortex that tracks perceived speech

Berezutskaya Yuliya, Baratin Clarissa, Freudenburg Zachary, Ramsey Nick nov 2020, In: Human Brain Mapping. 41 , p. 4587–4609 23 p.

When to include ECoG electrode properties in volume conduction models

Vermaas M, Piastra M C, Oostendorp T F, Ramsey N F, Tiesinga P H E 15 okt 2020, In: Journal of Neural Engineering. 17 , p. 1-11

FEMfuns:A Volume Conduction Modeling Pipeline that Includes Resistive, Capacitive or Dispersive Tissue and Electrodes

Vermaas M, Piastra M C, Oostendorp T F, Ramsey N F, Tiesinga P H E okt 2020, In: Neuroinformatics. 18 , p. 569-580 12 p.

Automatic identification of atypical clinical fMRI results (Aug, 10.1007/s00234-020-02510-z, 2020):Automatic identification of atypical clinical fMRI results (Neuroradiology, (2020), 62, 12, (1677-1688), 10.1007/s00234-020-02510-z)

Jansma J Martijn, Rutten Geert-Jan, Ramsey Lenny E, Snijders T J, Bizzi Alberto, Rosengarth Katharina, Dodoo-Schittko Frank, Hattingen Elke, de la Peña Mar Jiménez, von Campe Gord, Jehna Margit, Ramsey Nick F 28 sep 2020, In: Neuroradiology. 62 , p. 1723-1723 1 p.

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