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Sven Vanneste

Professor in Global Brain Health

Sven is leading the Lab for Clinical and Integrative Neuroscience (Lab CLINT) at Trinity College Institute for Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin. Lab CLINT aims to advance fundamental knowledge of human brain function and to use this knowledge to help people with psychiatric and neurological disorders. Our research integrates multimodal brain imaging techniques with novel invasive and non-invasive neuromodulation techniques to determine mechanisms underlying neuroplasticity dysfunction. More specifically, we work to understand the mechanisms of (mal)adaptive plasticity and develop new treatment approaches for different neurological (pain, tinnitus, Parkinson's disease, cognitive impairment) and psychiatric diseases (addiction, OCD, depression).


Sven is a Neuroscientist and Professor in Global Brain Health. He earned his Master’s in Psychology and Criminology at Ghent University and a Doctorate Degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Antwerp. Before he joined Trinity College Dublin, Sven was a Professor of Systems Neuroscience at the University of Texas, Dallas. He was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Sven have been the recipient of a research and technology development award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs from the US Department of Defense, National Institute of Health, Horizon Europe and Enterprise Ireland. Expertscape ranks Sven in the top 3 worldwide out of 4,769 scientists for my expertise on tinnitus and in top 5 out of 35,508 scientists for my expertise on hearing disorders.

Key Publications 

  • Vanneste, S., Mohan, A., Yoo, H. B., Huang, Y. Luckey, A. M., Mcleod, L., Tabit, M. N., Souza, R., McIntyre, C., Chapman, S., Robertson, I. H. & To, W. T. (2020) The peripheral effect of direct current stimulation on brain circuits involving memory. Science Advances, 45, eaax9538. 

  • Conlon, B., Langguth, B., Hamilton, C., Hughes, S., Meade, E., O’Connor, C., Schecklmann, M., Hall, D. A., Vanneste, S., Leong, S. L., Subramanian, T., D’Arcy, S. & Lim, H. H. (2020). Bimodal neuromodulation combining sound and tongue stimulation reduces tinnitus symptoms in a large randomized clinical study. Science Translational Medicine, 12, 1-12.

  • Vanneste, S., Song, J. J. & De Ridder, D. (2018). Thalamocortical dysrhythmia detected by machine learning. Nature communications, 9, 1-13.

  • Elgoyhen, A.B., De Ridder, D., Langguth, B. & Vanneste, S. (2015). Tinnitus: perspectives from human neuroimaging. Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

  • De Ridder, D., Adhia, D. & Vanneste, S. (2021). The anatomy of pain and suffering in the brain and its clinical implications. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 130, 125-146.

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