Master 2 in Physical Sciences 2013-2014 (ULB)
Actuellement en 4ième année de doctorat suivi par les 2 promotteurs nommés ci-dessous.
2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017
2017-2018: "Bourse de la fondation Haas-Teichen"
Development of the Frequency-Following Response as a tool for diagnosing and qualifying Hearing Loss and Speech Retardation
Brugmann HUDERF; Laboratory of Sensory and Cognitive Neurophysiology.
Interest for child health
Hearing Loss is the most frequent congenital deficit. The importance of initiating an adequate remediation without delay is now undisputed. The recent recognition of the role of supra-threshold deficits in the handicap of hearing impaired subjects asks for more systematic evaluations of this component which by nature cannot be investigated psycho-acoustically in pre-lingual children. This research is a first step towards the development of an objective method prone to indicate supra-thresholds deficits and guide the development of appropriate remediation techniques. The project will also evaluate the hypothesis that a more detailed description of the electrophysiological phenotype can contribute to improved genetic testing strategy in some cases. It is for cases with known molecular deficits that foreseeable gene therapy strategies are likely to have a major impact in the next decades. At least 10 different patterns of abnormal FFR have been noticed in our data, obtained in different forms of speech delay accompanied by autistic traits but without hearing loss. This finding must first be confirmed on more subjects.