04 Dec 2013

René Randver

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My primary strengths and interest areas in clinical neuropsychology are:
- cognitive rehabilitation of the frontal lobe and various CNS diseases (stroke, traumatic brain injury)
- mild/vascular cognitive impairment and dementia assessment
- early intervention in mild/vascular cognitive impairment
- cognitive, affective and behavioral disturbances in Parkinson’s disease
- psychosomatic medicine, behavioral cardiology
My objectives at the lab are:

a) gaining additional clinical research experience in the field of clinical neuropsychology and cognitive/behavioral neuroscience

b) learn new research methods

c) publish my scientific work

I have a Master of Science degree in Neuropsychology from Maastricht University’s Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Tartu’s Faculty of Medicine. During my master’s years, I spent a semester as an exchange student at Melbourne University’s Faculty of Science, taking courses in behavioral neuroscience, physiology and cognitive psychology. My master’s research centered upon studying associations of neuropsychological factors and fMRI imaging to compare language lateralization in childhood stroke patients with their healthy peers.

My PhD research project is a cooperative effort between BachmannLab (a cognitive psychology laboratory affiliated with the University) and East Tallinn Central Hospital’s Neurology Center. We’re interested in long-term therapeutic applications of rTMS in Parkinson’s disease patients with comorbid treatment-resistant depression (the locus of the stimulation would be the DLPFC).

For the past 2 years, I’ve been employed as a full-time Junior Neuropsychologist at the Neurology Center of East Tallinn Central Hospital, where I’m mostly involved in neuropsychological assessment of patients with neurodegenerative diseases – including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, FTD and others. There’s also a strong emphasis on assessing vascular cognitive disorders. Consecutively, I’ve been involved in implementing computerized cognitive rehabilitation programmes for stroke and TBI patients (young and old alike) at the Rehabiliation Clinic of the hospital. Recently, I received my European Certificate in Psychology (http://www.europsy-efpa.eu/).

My LinkedIn profile can be found at http://ee.linkedin.com/pub/ren%C3%A9-randver/3a/b33/831/

René Randver_CV

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