Master in Clinical Psychology, 2000
Free University of Brussels
PhD in Medical Sciences, 2007
In 2001, Marijke Miatton started her career as an assistant at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Ghent University. In 2007 she fulfilled a PhD thesis on the topic “Neuropsychological functioning of children with a surgically corrected congenital heart defect” in collaboration with the Pediatric Department, Prof. D. De Wolf and Dr. K. François.
From 2008-2010 she worked as a post doctoral researcher at the Ghent University, Department of Internal Sciences. Since 2010, she is a full time psychologist at the Neurology Department of the Ghent University Hospital.
She combines clinical work with research activities and since the majority of patients were provided by the Neurology Department of the Ghent University Hospital, she started to focus on neuropsychological functioning in patients with epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders. Together with the Reference Center for Refractory Epilepsy and the Laboratory for Clinical and Experimental Neurophysiology, Neurobiology and Neuropsychology (LCEN-3), we investigated the effects of deep brain stimulation on the neuropsychological functioning of patients with refractory epilepsy with.
Together with Prof. Helmstaedter from the University Clinic of Bonn, Marijke was responsible for the neuropsychological part of the international collaboration between the universities of Gent, Bonn and Freiburg on the study “Controlled Randomized Stimulation versus Resection”, a prospective randomized controlled study of neurostimulation in the medial temporal lobe for patients with medically refractory medial temporal lobe epilepsy. Further, we have a good working collaboration with Prof. Dr. Aldenkamp and Dr. M. Hendriks of the Expertise Centrum Epilepsy, Sleep Disorders and Neurocognition from Kempenhaeghe, Heeze.
We further focus on the concordance of biomarkers and neuropsychological functioning in collaboration with Dr. A. Sieben en Dr. T. Van Langenhove neurologists with expertise in neurodegenerative disorders.
Marijke was also co-founder of Parkinson Zorgwijzer Vlaanderen, a initiative that strives for qualitatively better care for patients with Parkinson’s disease by providing specialized education to health care providers in Belgium. Marijke is a member of the Paramedic Board of the Belgian Stroke Council.
At last, she is a postdoctoral volunteer and is promoter of students for the faculties of Health Science, Medicine and Psychology in their scientific and clinical work on several neurological topics.