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04.06.2012

Ph.D. Program > Ph.D. Students > Nivethida Thirugnanasambandam

Nivethida Thirugnanasambandam


Date of birth
20th May 1981

Place of birth
Pondicherry, India

EDUCATION

Nivethida Thirugnanasambandam

College / University
Undergraduation - Jawaharlal Institute of postgraduate medical education and research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, India
Postgraduation – Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India

Degree
Undergraduation - M.B., B.S (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery)
Postgraduation – M.Tech (Master of Technology) in Biomedical Engineering

Major Subjects
Medicine

Lab Experience
Masters dissertation project was on Transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation at Department of Neurology, RWTH Aachen and Institute of Neurosciences and Medicine, Forschungszentrum Juelich

Affiliation-Address:

Department of Clinical Neurophysiology
University Hospital Goettingen
Robert Koch Strasse 40
37075 Goettingenn

phone: +49 (0) 551 39 8457
e-mail:

Further Information:
Dept. of Neurophysiology

SCHOLARSHIPS

DAAD Fellowship for the Mastersī Sandwich Program 2006-07

PROJECTS / RESEARCH

Pathologically altered neuroplasticity in Multiple Sclerosis patients.
Effect of neuromodulators (nicotine/L-DOPA) on non-invasively induced focal/global plasticity in healthy humans.

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS AND GOALS

Clinical research has been my goal since the beginning of my scientific career. I am more inclined towards clinical application oriented research and that way, I am more than contented with the nature of my present work in the field of clinical neurophysiology. I work on non-invasive brain stimulation techniques like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on healthy humans and patients with neuropsychiatric disorders.  Over time, I have also developed lot of interest in basic neurophysiology. I believe in an integrated approach to research and given an opportunity, I would like to use combination of functional imaging techniques like fMRI, EEG, MEG, NIRS along with TMS to unravel the secrets of brain function.