Dr. B.M. de Jong
Dr. Bauke M. de Jong is member of staff at the Department of Neurology of the UMCG. His work includes both clinical tasks and functional neuroimaging with PET and fMRI. Two topics of particular interest are the functional anatomy underlying higher order motor control and the cerebral pathophysiology following head-injury.
With regard to the cerebral organization of movement, normal conditions and pathology in Movement disorders (Parkinson's disease) are studied. With fMRI, basic aspects of motor planning concerning sensorimotor transformations, timing, effector selection and balances between influences of external cues versus internal intentions are addressed. Regarding sensorimotor transformations, particular the visual domain is addressed but also audiomotor transformations in e.g. music performance. Recently, Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) is additionally employed.
In clinical practice, long-standing clinical expertise with 18F-FDG PET and analysis support allows the employment of high-quality strategies in differential diagnosis concerning neurodegenerative diseases. This includes advanced image-statistical analyses. Recently, combined modeling of various PET tracers (including 11-C PIB) became a topic of interest.