Dr Menno Schoonheim
Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Dr. Schoonheim is an assistant professor in the department of Anatomy and Neurosciences at the Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc), in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is a neuroscientist, who received his PhD (Cum Laude) in 2014, based on his thesis entitled “Are you connected? A network perspective on cognitive dysfunction in early multiple sclerosis”. His research mainly focuses on understanding cognitive impairment and disease progression in MS by studying brain networks, brain atrophy and microstructural damage. Using a network point of view, his team has been able to show that brain atrophy centers around network hubs in MS, and that these hub areas become overloaded and more rigid in cognitively impaired people with MS. His team is currently studying the longitudinal trajectory of these network changes, in order to better understand the so-called "network collapse" that seems to underly cognitive decline and disease progression in MS.