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Dr Onno van der Groen

Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 3644, Mobile: 0434680636, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.3105
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3644
Mobile: 0434680636
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.3105  


Onno is a Research Fellow in the School of Medical and Health Sciences investigating recovery after neurological damage in stroke with a focus on motor recovery. The work incorporates emerging technologies of transcranial magnetic stimulation, and rehabilitation robotics.


Dr Onno van der Groen obtained his PhD at the ETH in Zurich (Switzerland) on the topic ‘The Enhancement of Sensory Perception through Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation’. He has a bachelor in Human Movement Sciences from the University of Groningen and a master in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the VU University in Amsterdam.

Professional Associations

  • Horizon 2020 “Expert in the Field”
  • Member of the Dutch Neurofederation

Research Areas and Interests

Motor rehabilitation and sensory perception following neurological injury


  • Doctor of Sciences, Switzerland, 2017.


Recent Research Grants

  • Low-intensity rTMS in human spinal cord injury: a translational approach,  Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science,  Neurotrauma Research Program,  2020 - 2021,  $67,819.
  • Development of an algorithm that determines the optimal location for stimulating the brain with strong magnets to elicit movement,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2019,  2019 - 2020,  $29,986.
  • Develop a systematic profiling of neurological conditions that will facilitate personalised treatment and streamline service delivery,  Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia,  MS WA - Research funding for social and applied research,  2019 - 2020,  $600,000.
  • Improving recovery after spinal cord injury,  SpinalCure Australia,  Equipment Grant,  2019,  $8,576.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Latella, C., Van Der Groen, O., Victora Ruas, C., Taylor, J., (2020), Effect of fatigue-related group III/IV afferent firing on intracortical inhibition and facilitation in hand muscles. Journal of Applied Physiology, 128(1), 149-158, Bethesda, USA, American Physiology Society.
  • Van Der Groen, O., Mattingley, J., Wenderoth, N., (2019), Altering brain dynamics with transcranial random noise stimulation. Scientific Reports, 9(1), article number 4029, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-40335-w.
  • Van Der Groen, O., Tang, M., Wenderoth, N., Mattingley, J., (2018), Stochastic resonance enhances the rate of evidence accumulation during combined brain stimulation and perceptual decision making. PLoS Computational Biology, 14(7), Article e1006301, United States, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006301.
  • Van Der Groen, O., Wenderoth, N., (2016), Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation of Visual Cortex: Stochastic Resonance Enhances Central Mechanisms of Perception. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(19), 5289-5298, DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4519-15.2016.
  • Liu, Q., Balsters, JH., Baechinger, M., Van Der Groen, O., Wenderoth, N., Mantini, D., (2015), Estimating a neutral reference for electroencephalographic recordings: the importance of using a high-density montage and a realistic head model. Journal of Neural Engineering, 12(5), Article Number: 056012, DOI: 10.1088/1741-2560/12/5/056012.
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