Group

Robert Hardwick

Principal Investigator

Robert studied human neuromotor control at the University of Birmingham, UK (with Martin Edwards in the PSY-NAPS lab, and Chris Miall’s PRISM lab), Johns Hopkins, USA (Pablo Celnik’s Human Brain Physiology and Stimulation lab, and John Krakauer/Adrian Haith’s Brain, Learning, Animation, and Movement lab), and KU Leuven, Belgium (In Stephan Swinnen’s Movement Control and Neuroplasticity Group). In 2019 he received a dual appointment at the Institute of Neuroscience and the Faculty of Motor Sciences at UC Louvain, Belgium, where he founded the Brain, Action, and Skill Laboratory.

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Gautier Hamoline

PhD Candidate

Gautier completed his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at the Faculty of Motor Sciences at UCLouvain. He then obtained his master’s degree in Physical Education with a specialisation in Sports Management at UCLouvain. After working one year as an assistant at the Faculty of Motor Sciences, he started a PhD jointly with the Faculty and the Institute of NeuroScience (IONS), supervised by Prof. Dr. Robert Hardwick.

Mainly using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Gautier’s research examines motor cortex function and its plasticity in healthy adults and elite athletes. He is also developing new methods for measuring the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation by coupling EMG, accelerometer, and marker less motion tracking.

In parallel with his thesis, Gautier also works part-time as a Physical Education assistant at the Faculty of Motor Sciences, giving classes to physiotherapy and physical education students.

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Elise Van Caenegem

PhD Candidate

Elise completed her bachelor’s degree in physical education at UCLouvain in 2020. She then obtained her master’s degree in Physical Education (specialization: didactics) at UCLouvain in 2022.
During her masters, she worked on the under-reporting of information in motor imagery literature. The thesis was supervised by Robert Hardwick (promoter). In her Master Thesis, she investigates whether scientific articles provide enough information about the methods used in the imaging procedure (type of imagery, perspective, etc.).
After her masters, she obtained a FSR grant to start her PhD and join the BAS lab at the Institute Of NeuroScience (IONS), UC Louvain, supervised by Prof. Dr. Robert Hardwick. Elise’s research studies the relationship between motor imagery and executive function.
At the beginning of her PhD she obtained an Erasmus grant for an internship at the INSERM U1093 lab, University of Burgundy, supervised by Prof. Dr. Florent Lebon. This allowed her to learn the Use-dependent plasticity TMS technique, for future use in her PhD.

Baptiste Waltzing

Msc Student

Baptiste obtained his bachelor’s degree in biomedical science at UCLouvain in 2021. He started his master’s degree in biomedical sciences (neuroscience option) at UCLouvain in September 2021. He is currently doing his master’s thesis in the laboratory on “The influence of viewpoint and hand identity on hand movement “. He is supervised by Robert Hardwick (promoter).

Carissia Demoutiez 

Msc Student

Carissia completed her bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy and rehabilitation at the Faculty of Motor Sciences at UCLouvain in 2022. She started her master’s degree in  physiotherapy and rehabilitation (specialization: Technology).  Together with Eric Bruck, she is currently doing her master’s thesis supervised by Robert Hardwick (promoter) on “Do older adults have greater difficulty in overcoming automatic behaviors?”. In this context she will do an internship in the lab introducing her into the world of research.

Eric Bruck

Msc Student

Eric completed his bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at UCLouvain in 2022.
He started his master’s degree in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at UCLouvain in September 2022. He is currently working on his master’s thesis with Carissia about the following question: ‘Do older adults have greater difficulty in overcoming automatic behaviors?’
They are supervised by Robert Hardwick (promotor).

Florian Waltzing

Msc Student

Florian completed his bachelor‘s degree in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at UCLouvain in 2022. He started his master‘s degreee in 2022 at UCLouvain and is working with Hamoline Gauthier on his master‘s thesis “New measurement technique for cortical brain mapping“ supervised by Robert Hardwick.

Alumni

Lore Vleugels

Lore was a PhD candidate at the Institute Of NeuroScience (IONS), UC Louvain, supervised by Prof. Dr. Robert Hardwick. She received a BSc in Physical Education and Kinesiology from the KU Leuven, Belgium, and a MSc in Physical Education and Movement Sciences (specialization: Research in Biomedical Kinesiology) from the KU Leuven, Belgium. During her Bachelors, she completed part of her study at the University of Coimbra as an Erasmus student. In the second year of her Masters, she completed an external laboratory internship in the Motivation and Social Neuroscience lab under supervision of Dr. Matthew Apps (University of Oxford, UK).

Lore’s research was funded by an FNRS aspirant grant. Her research focused on the neurobehavioral basis of action selection in healthy ageing. Moreover, she continued to work on the joint research project with the MSN-lab that she started during her lab internship. This project investigated how people’s level of motivation influences the effects of rewards on decision-making behaviour.

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