Sven Vanneste, MS, MA, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Harnessing the lifelong potential of the human brain for neuroplasticity may help postpone the onset of cognitive decline.

Current Work

Sven is a neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. Sven’s lab for Clinical & Integrative Neuroscience (lab CLINT) is undertaking ground-breaking research on the ageing-related neurological disorders.

Words of Strength



Sensory loss conditions such as chronic tinnitus and chronic pain, Parkinson's and memory related issues such as mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease pose the greatest medical and social challenge of our generation.


With an interdisciplinary approach, founded on excellence and innovation, Sven's work uses advanced techniques including brain scanning, electrophysiology, and both invasive and noninvasive neuromodulation to map how the brain responds to pathological perturbations in an adaptive or maladaptive manner in different neurological disorders.


Harnessing the lifelong potential of the human brain for neuroplasticity may serve to maintain the viability of neural structures and postpone the onset of cognitive decline.

Education & Experience

Sven is a Neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology. He received an endowed Chair in Global Brain Health at Trinity College Dublin. He earned his Master’s in Psychology and Criminology at Ghent University and a Doctorate Degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Antwerp. Before he joined Trinity College Dublin, Sven was a Professor of Systems Neuroscience at the University of Texas, Dallas. He was awarded a Honorary Professorship at the University of Otago in New Zealand.