Dr Aleksandra Vuckovic
- Senior Lecturer (Biomedical Engineering)
telephone: 0141 330 3251
My research interests are in developing different neurorehabilitation methods to help patients with sensory-motor impairments to improve their sensory and motor functions.
I am interested in Brain Computer Interface (BCI), as an new form of non-muscular channel for communication between a patients and its environment, which compensates a loss of sensory-motor functions or alternatively provides strengthening or modulation of preserved neuro-muscular pathways in patients with impairments of the Central Nervous System. I am in particular interested in developing and implementing patient managed Brain Computer Interface systems for home based neurorehabilitation.
Further areas of interest are improvements of existing rehabilitation therapies combining Brain Computer Interface and Functional Electrical Stimulation and exploring a correlation between the recovery and changes in the brain responses i.e., brain plasticity.
I also apply BCI for operant conditioning training of brain (neurofeedback) for treatment of Central Neuropathic pain following injuries to the Spinal Cord
Between 1992 and 2000 I worked on industrial processes control as a Chartered Engineer (Serbian Professional State Exam approved by Serbian Chamber of Commerce). I received my PhD from the Centre for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Denmark in 2004, where I spent one more year as a PostDoc. Between 2005 and 2007 I worked as a senior research officer at the Brain-Computer Interface Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Essex.
Vuckovic, A., Hasan, M. A., Fraser, M., Conway, B. A., Nasseroleslami, B. and Allan, D. B. (2014) Dynamic oscillatory signatures of central neuropathic pain in spinal cord injury. Journal of Pain, 15(6), pp. 645-655. (doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2014.02.005)
Hasan, M. A., Fraser, M., Conway, B. A., Allan, D. B. and Vuckovic, A. (2016) Reversed cortical over-activity during movement imagination following neurofeedback treatment for central neuropathic pain. Clinical Neurophysiology, 127(9), pp. 3118-3127. (doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2016.06.012) (PMID:27472548) (PMCID:PMC4988467)
Osuagwu, B. C.A., Wallace, L., Fraser, M. and Vuckovic, A. (2016) Rehabilitation of hand in subacute tetraplegic patients based on brain computer interface and functional electrical stimulation: a randomised pilot study. Journal of Neural Engineering, 13(6), 065002. (doi: 10.1088/1741-2560/13/6/065002) (PMID:27739405)
Osuagwu, B. A., Zych, M. and Vuckovic, A. (2017) Is implicit motor imagery a reliable strategy for a brain computer interface? IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 25(12), pp. 2239-2248. (doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2017.2712707)
Jarjees, M. and Vučković, A. (2016) The effect of voluntary modulation of the sensory-motor rhythm during different mental tasks on H reflex. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 106, pp. 65-76. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2016.06.005) (PMID:27318009)
2020-2022 ' Electroencephalograph Predictors of Central Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury' Inspire foundation (PI); Stoke Mandeville Research Trust (PI)
2019-2023 ' Electroencephalograph Predictors of Central Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury' International Spinal Research Trust, Nathalie Rose Bar PhD scholarship;
2020-2020 'Determining the effects of transcutaneous spinal electrical stimulation on sensorimotor function in chronic complete tetraplegia' (CoI)
2017-2020 'Mechanism of neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury: role of the spinothalamic tract' Phd scholarhip, Inspire foundation (CoI)
2017-2018 'Outpatients self-managed neurorehabilitation of hand using brain-computer interface and functional electrical stimulation' Digital Healthcare Institute, Scotland
2016-2017 'Engaging the end users in the development of home based neurorehabilitation system' Knowledge exchange UoG
2015-2016 'Portable neurofeedback system for treatment of central neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury' Inspire Foundation
2015-2016 'Home based patient-managed neurorehabilitation following spinal cord injury'RAE/Leverhulme Senior Researcher fellowship
2015 'Mobile brain-train system' Impact Acceleration Account, UoG
2010-2011 'Neurofeedback for treatment of neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury' Medical Research Council Hopping Grant
- Miss Keri Anderson 'Electroencephalograph Predictors of Central Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury' International Spinal Research Trust, Nathalie Rose Bar PhD scholarship
- Miss Ioana Susnoschi-Luca, ' Neurofeedback treatment of spasticity in spinal cord injuried patients'
- Mr Ciaran Mcgeady, EPSRC Scholarship, 'Bimanual BCI-FES for orthosis and for rehabilitation'
- Miss Radha Kumar, Commonwealth Scholarhip 'Development and clinical testing of BCI-FES orthosis for SCI patients'
- Miss Anna Zulauf, James Watt/EPSRC Scholarship,’ Neurorehabilitation of hand and arm unction in patients with spinal cord injury based on portable brain-computer interface device’
- Miss Finda Putri, Indonesian government scholarhip, 'Multiuser brain computer interface for gaming and rehabilitation'
- Miss Nina Petric-Grey, EPSRC Scholarship,'Design and test of home-based system for rehabilitation of movement'
- Miss Tao Lyu, CSC Scholarship, 'Multiuser brain comptuer games over the Internet'.
- Miss Alison Symon, Inspire foundation scholarhip, 'Neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury: underlying mechanisms and prognostic '(principal supervisor Dr John Riddell, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology)
- Mr Asfand Tanwear, EPSRC Scholarhip, 'Wearable magnetoencephalography' (principal supervisor Dr Hadi Heidari)
- Mr Xianpeng Liang, CSC Scholarship, 'Wearable magnetomyography' (principal supervisor Dr Hadi Heidari)
- Mr Fabio Castro, (principal supervisor dr Daniel Bishop, Brunell University)
- Krithika Anil (principal supervisor Prof Jane Burridge, University of Southampton)
Postdoctoral researchers (previous)
Dr Gabriela Cruz, Chilen government grant, 'Neurofeedback for imporvement of memory in patients with traumatic brain injury' (co-supervision with Professor Jonathan Evans, School of Medicine)
Previous PhD supervision (principal supervisor)
- 2014-2018 Miss Anna Sosnowska, James Watt/EPSRC Scholarship, ‘BCI and ultrasound imaging for biofeedback training in neurological rehabilitation’ (co-supervisor Dr Henrik Gollee, School of Engineering)
- 2014-2018 Dr Manaf Kadum Hussein Al-Taleb, Iraq Higher Committee for Education Scholarship, ‘Development and clinical testing of home-based brain-computer interfaces for neurofeedback and for rehabiltiation
- 2014-2018 Dr Salim Muhammed Husein Al Wasity, Iraq Higher Committee for Education Scholarship, ‘Application of fMRI for action presentation: decoding, aligning and modulating’ (co-supervisor Professor Frank Pollick, School of Psychology)
- 2103-3017 Dr Mohammad Sabah Jarjees, Iraq Higher Committee for Education Scholarship, Neurofeedback treatment of central neuropathic pain in subacute patients with spinal cord injury’
- 2011-2015 Dr Bethel Osuagwu, James Watt/EPSRC Scholarship ‘Neurorehabilitation of hand/arm function based on hybrid BCI and FES’
- 2010-2014 Dr Muhammed Abul Hasan, Pakistan government scholarship, ‘Quantitative EEG and neuromodulation using neurofeedback for the reduction of central neuropathic pain in patients with paraplegia’
- 2008-2012 Dr Juan Fang, China Scholarship Council, ‘Computer modelling and experimental design of a gait orthosis for early rehabilitation of walking’
- ENG1026 Engineering skills 1 (lecturer and coordinator for DBT group project mech Eng and Biomed Eng; course respondible Dr Donald Ballance)
- EMG2016 Mechanical Design 2 (course coordinator)
- ENF4191/5291 Signal Processing of Biosignatures (course coordinator; sharing with Prof. Peter Macfarlane) undergraduate and postgraduate level
- ENG4113 Rehabilitation Engineering (course coordinator, sharing with Dr Henrik Gollee) undergraduate and postgraduate level
- ENG4189 Bioethics for Biomedical Engineering (obtaining ethical permission for experiments on humans; course coordinator Dr Henrik Gollee)
- Supervising BEng, MEng and MSc final year projects
- Applied Design Systems (5th year)
- Design and Manufacture 1B
Deputy Head of Teaching for Biomedical Engineering
Member of Ethical Committee for the College of Science and Engineering
Member of Ethical Committee for the College of Science and Engineering
Disability Coordinator for Biomedical engineering
Member of College Appeal Committee