Branislava Ćurčić-Blake is a neuroscientist interested in brain connectivity in psychiatric and neurological diseases. She holds a PhD in Physics, and is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Neuroscience, UMCG, Groningen, Netherlands. She is specialized in brain connectivity in health and disease, including auditory verbal hallucinations and neurodegenerative disorders. She has extensive experience in data acquisition and analysis, both in humans and model systems. She is expert in state-of-the-art MRI data analysis, involving a variety of MRI techniques. Current research efforts focus on improving cognitive functioning in patients with multiple sclerosis and elderly people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), as well as auditory verbal hallucinations, in all cases using transcranial electric current stimulation
I am teaching and coordinatig a BCN course: “Mathematics for neuroscientists”. This course is running since 2014 through the BCN training program. Almost every PhD student at some point runs into mathematical formulas or ideas in scientific papers that may be hard to understand, given that formal math education may be some years ago. In Neuroscience these math issues can range from equations involved in calculating medication equivalents, the General Linear Model (GLM) used in e.g. neuroimaging analysis, finding the minimum of a function, independent component analysis, or filtering approaches. In this course we will explain the theory behind these mathematical ideas and expressions and provide you with the tools to better understand them.
Together with Prof. Natasha Maurits, we have written a book “Math for scientists: Refreshing the essentials”, Springer 2017, that is used as a course material.
As a part of a profiling course on the Medical Faculty, I teach Hallucinations.
In addition to this, I use my background in experimental physics and data analysis to teach several workshops on neuroimaging topics: 1. Brain connectivity (yearly) as part of a CNP course; 2. Dynamical causal modeling (DCM) as a part of an advanced fMRI course; 3. TMS and NIRS for students from several faculties: medical, psychology, linguistics and BCN master students (at least 3 times a year).