2013-now – MD-PhD programme (Radboud University Nijmegen – Donders Institute for brain, cognition and behaviour)

  • PhD: cerebral mechanisms underlying dopamine-resistant versus dopamine-responsive tremor in Parkinson’s disease
    • Supervisors: dr. Rick Helmich / prof. dr. Bastiaan Bloem / prof. dr. Ivan Toni
  • MD: Master of Science, Medicine (clinical rotations).

2010-2013 – Bachelor of Science, Medicine (Radboud University Nijmegen)

  • Cum laude
  • Honours Programme: extracurricular programme for excellent medical students
    • Internship abroad (USA): research on Auditory Scene Analysis at University of California, Irvine
      • Supervisors: dr. Peter Bremen / dr. Marc van Wannrooij / prof. dr. John van Opstal / prof. dr. John Middlebrooks

2004-2010 –  Pre-university education (Valuas College Venlo)

  • A-levels: Chemistry, Physics, Pure Mathematics, Biology, Dutch, English, German, Philosophy
  • Valedictorian (best graduating student)
  • Cum Laude

Professional experience

2013-2014 – IT Service Provider at Radboud University Medical Centre

2012-2013 – Research Assistant of V-Time study 

2009-2012 – Team Leader at Albert Heijn XL, Sales Department


Dirkx, M. F., Zach, H., Bloem, B. R., Hallet M., Helmich, R. C. (2018). The nature of postural tremor in Parkinson’s disease. Neurology (in press).

Helmich, R. C., & Dirkx, M. F. (2017). Pathophysiology and Management of Parkinsonian Tremor. Semin Neurol, 37(2), 127-134.

Dirkx, M. F., den Ouden, H. E., Aarts, E., Timmer, M. H., Bloem, B. R., Toni, I., & Helmich, R. C. (2017). Dopamine controls Parkinson’s tremor by inhibiting the cerebellar thalamus. Brain, 140(3), 721-734.

Zach, H., Dirkx, M. F., Pasman, J. W., Bloem, B. R., & Helmich, R. C. (2017). Cognitive Stress Reduces the Effect of Levodopa on Parkinson’s Resting Tremor. CNS Neurosci Ther, 23(3), 209-215.

Zach, H., Dirkx, M., Pasman, J. W., Bloem, B. R., & Helmich, R. C. (2017). The patient’s perspective: The effect of levodopa on Parkinson symptoms. Parkinsonism Relat Disord, 35, 48-54.

Dirkx, M. F., den Ouden, H., Aarts, E., Timmer, M., Bloem, B. R., Toni, I., & Helmich, R. C. (2016). The Cerebral Network of Parkinson’s Tremor: An Effective Connectivity fMRI Study. J Neurosci, 36(19), 5362-5372.

Caligiore, D., Pezzulo, G., Baldassarre, G., Bostan, A. C., Strick, P. L., Doya, K., Helmich RC, Dirkx M, . . . Herreros, I. (2016). Consensus Paper: Towards a Systems-Level View of Cerebellar Function: the Interplay Between Cerebellum, Basal Ganglia, and Cortex. Cerebellum.

Zach, H., Dirkx, M., Bloem, B. R., & Helmich, R. C. (2015). The Clinical Evaluation of Parkinson’s Tremor. J Parkinsons Dis, 5(3), 471-474.

Bouts, Y. M., Wolthuis, D. F., Dirkx, M. F., Pieterse, E., Simons, E. M., van Boekel, A. M., . . . van der Vlag, J. (2012). Apoptosis and NET formation in the pathogenesis of SLE. Autoimmunity, 45(8), 597-601.

Grants & Prizes

2017 – Movement Disorders Society Travel Grant ($1000,-)

2015 – KNAW van Walree travel grant (€1000,-)

2015 – Radboud University PhD travel grant (€700,-)

2012 – Radboud Honours Academy Grant for scientific internship (€3300,-)

2010 – Best high school research paper (€50,-)

Other Activities

2016-2018 medical students representative

2015 – Organizer of the Donders Discussions 2015 conference for PhD candidates (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour)

2015 – Poster presentation at Movement Disorders Conference (San Diego)

2014 – Participant of Statistical Parametric Mapping Course (University of Zurich)

2013 – Oral presentation at Auditory Language and Neuroscience meeting (Irvine, USA)