Dirk De Ridder, MD, PhD
Dirk De Ridder, MD, PhD, is the Neurological Foundation professor of Neurosurgery at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago in New Zealand. His main clinical interest is microvascular decompression surgery, skull base surgery including vestibular schwannomas and pituitary surgery.
His initial research interest was and still is the understanding and treatment of phantom perceptions (sound, pain), especially by use of functional imaging navigated non-invasive (TMS, tDCS, tACS, tRNS, LORETA neurofeedback) and invasive (implants) neuromodulation techniques.
His current research interest is to understand commonalities in different diseases such as in thalamocortical dysrhythmias (pain, tinnitus, Parkinson disease, depression, slow wave epilepsy) and Reward deficiency syndromes (addiction, OCD, Personality disorders, …)
A third pillar of his research relates to the neurobiological underpinnings of the ‘self” and ‘other’ in the brain, as it relates to social interactions, philosophy and religion.
He has developed “burst” and “noise” stimulation as novel stimulation designs for implants, and is working on other stimulation designs.
He has published 37 book chapters, co-edited the Textbook of Tinnitus, and has authored or co-authored 270 articles. He is reviewer for 90 scientific journals.