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Associate Professor Yusuf Ozgur Cakmak

PositionAssociate Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsMD PhD(Turkey)
Research summaryNon-invasive neuromodulation, electrostimulation
Teaching
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmology
  • FRACS
  • MED2 Respiratory System
  • Dentistry Head and Neck Anatomy
  • ANAT335 Neuromodulation: Neural Networks and Senses
  • NEUR452 Peripheral nerve stimulation to modulate body systems

Research

Associate Professor Cakmak’s researches focus on the neuromodulation of internal organs and the brain structures to modulate their functions and blood flow. Associate Professor Cakmak investigates the effects of different frequencies of non-invasive electrostimulation on internal organs blood flow to increase and decrease the blood flow. He also focus on investigating novel non-invasive stimulation techniques to normalize the neuronal network functions and alleviate the symptoms of neurological diseases.

Ongoing research:

  • Non-invasive external electrostimulator for Parkinson’s Disease (Clinical Trial)
  • Non-invasive vestibular nerve stimulation and structural plasticity in cerebrum and cerebellum and its effects on cognitive abilities (collaboration with Harvard University and Singapore University Imagery Lab)
  • Modulation of the blood flow in cerebral arteries

Publications

Yang, A. H. X., Kasabov, N., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2022). Machine learning methods for the study of cybersickness: A systematic review. Brain Informatics, 9(1), 24. doi: 10.1186/s40708-022-00172-6

Maharjan, A., Khwaounjoo, P., Peng, M., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2022). Non-contact neuromodulation of the human autonomic nervous system function via different odors: Sex, menstrual cycle, and odor dose- and duration-specific effects. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 16, 950282. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2022.950282

Khwaounjoo, P., Singh, G., Grenfell, S., Özsoy, B., MacAskill, M. R., Anderson, T. J., & Çakmak, Y. O. (2022). Non-contact hand movement analysis for optimal configuration of smart sensors to capture Parkinson's disease hand tremor. Sensors, 22(12), 4613. doi: 10.3390/s22124613

Maharjan, A., Peng, M., Russell, B., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2022). Investigation of the optimal parameters of median nerve stimulation, using a variety of stimulation methods, and its effects on heart rate variability: A systematic review. Neuromodulation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.neurom.2021.10.005

Cakmak, Y. O., Olcek, C., Ozsoy, B., Khwaounjoo, P., Kiziltan, G., Apaydin, H., … Gokcay, D. (2022). Hand pronation–supination movement as a proxy for remotely monitoring gait and posture stability in Parkinson’s disease. Sensors, 22, 1827. doi: 10.3390/s22051827

Yang, A. H. X., Kasabov, N., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2022). Machine learning methods for the study of cybersickness: A systematic review. Brain Informatics, 9(1), 24. doi: 10.1186/s40708-022-00172-6

Journal - Research Article

Maharjan, A., Khwaounjoo, P., Peng, M., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2022). Non-contact neuromodulation of the human autonomic nervous system function via different odors: Sex, menstrual cycle, and odor dose- and duration-specific effects. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 16, 950282. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2022.950282

Journal - Research Article

Khwaounjoo, P., Singh, G., Grenfell, S., Özsoy, B., MacAskill, M. R., Anderson, T. J., & Çakmak, Y. O. (2022). Non-contact hand movement analysis for optimal configuration of smart sensors to capture Parkinson's disease hand tremor. Sensors, 22(12), 4613. doi: 10.3390/s22124613

Journal - Research Article

Maharjan, A., Peng, M., Russell, B., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2022). Investigation of the optimal parameters of median nerve stimulation, using a variety of stimulation methods, and its effects on heart rate variability: A systematic review. Neuromodulation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.neurom.2021.10.005

Journal - Research Article

Cakmak, Y. O., Olcek, C., Ozsoy, B., Khwaounjoo, P., Kiziltan, G., Apaydin, H., … Gokcay, D. (2022). Hand pronation–supination movement as a proxy for remotely monitoring gait and posture stability in Parkinson’s disease. Sensors, 22, 1827. doi: 10.3390/s22051827

Journal - Research Article

Hui Xiang, A. Y., Khwaounjoo, P., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2021). Directional effects of whole-body spinning and visual flow in virtual reality on vagal neuromodulation. Journal of Vestibular Research, 31(6), 479-494. doi: 10.3233/ves-201574

Journal - Research Article

Spicer, C., Khwaounjoo, P., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2021). Human and human-interfaced AI interactions: Modulation of human male autonomic nerve system via pupil mimicry. Sensors, 21, 1028. doi: 10.3390/s21041028

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Peng, M., Browne, H., Cahayadi, J., & Cakmak, Y. (2021). Predicting food choices based on eye-tracking data: Comparisons between real-life and virtual tasks. Appetite, 166, 105477. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2021.105477

Journal - Research Article

Maharjan, A., Peng, M., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2021). The effects of frequency-specific, non-invasive, median nerve stimulation on food-related attention and appetite. Appetite. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2021.105807

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Galli, G., Cakmak, Y. O., Babič, J., & Pazzaglia, M. (2020). Embodying tool use: From cognition to neurorehabilitation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 585670. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2020.585670

Journal - Research Other

Cakmak, Y. O., Ozsoy, B., Ertan, S., Cakmak, O. O., Kiziltan, G., Yapici-Eser, H., … Gursoy-Ozdemir, Y. (2020). Intrinsic auricular muscle zone stimulation improves walking parameters of parkinson's patients faster than levodopa in the motion capture analysis: A pilot study. Frontiers in Neurology, 11, 546123. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2020.546123

Journal - Research Article

Lumsden, S. C., Clarkson, A. N., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2020). Neuromodulation of the pineal gland via electrical stimulation of its sympathetic innervation pathway. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14, 264. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00264

Journal - Research Other

Cakmak, Y. O., Nazim, K., Thomas, C., & Datta, A. (2020). Optimized electrode placements for non-invasive electrical stimulation of the olfactory bulb and olfactory mucosa. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14, 581503. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.581503

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Cakmak, Y. O., Daniel, B. K., Hammer, N., Yilmaz, O., Irmak, E. C., & Khwaounjoo, P. (2020). The human muscular arm avatar as an interactive visualisation tool in learning anatomy: Medical students perspectives. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 13(3), 593-603. doi: 10.1109/TLT.2020.2995163

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Gowen, C. L., Khwaounjoo, P., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2020). EMG-free monitorization of the acoustic startle reflex with a mobile phone: Implications of sound parameters with posture related responses. Sensors, 20, 5996. doi: 10.3390/s20215996

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Wang, C., Daniel, B. K., Asil, M., Khwaounjoo, P., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2020). A randomised control trial and comparative analysis of multi-dimensional learning tools in anatomy. Scientific Reports, 10, 6120. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-62855-6

Journal - Research Article

Sukasem, A., Cakmak, Y. O., Khwaounjoo, P., Gharibans, A., & Du, P. (2020). The effects of low-and high-frequency non-invasive transcutaneous auricular vagal nerve stimulation (taVNS) on gastric slow waves evaluated using in vivo high-resolution mapping in porcine. Neurogastroenterology & Motility, 32, e13852. doi: 10.1111/nmo.13852

Journal - Research Article

Cakmak, Y. O. (2019). Concerning auricular vagal nerve stimulation: Occult neural networks. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13, 421. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00421

Journal - Research Other

Peng, M., Coutts, D., Wang, T., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2019). Systematic review of olfactory shifts related to obesity. Obesity Reviews, 20, 325-338. doi: 10.1111/obr.12800

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Çavdar, S., Özgür, M., Çakmak, Y. Ö., Kuvvet, Y., Kunt, S. K., & Sağlam, G. (2018). Afferent projections of the subthalamic nucleus in the rat: Emphasis on bilateral and interhemispheric connections. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 78(3), 251-263. doi: 10.21307/ane‑2018‑023

Journal - Research Article

Liugan, M., Zhang, M., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2018). Neuroprosthetics for auricular muscles: Neural networks and clinical aspects. Frontiers in Neurology, 8, 752. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00752

Journal - Research Other

Kirazli, O., Bay, H. H., Çakmak, Y. Ö., Onat, F., & Çavdar, S. (2018). Comparison of cerebral ventricular volumes and cortical thicknesses in normal rats and Genetic Absence Epilepsy (GAERS): A developmental study. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 68, 98-105. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2018.05.007

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Cakmak, Y. O., Cotofana, S., Jäger, C., Morawski, M., Sora, M.-C., Werner, M., & Hammer, N. (2018). Peri-arterial autonomic innervation of the human ear. Scientific Reports, 8, 11469. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-29839-z

Journal - Research Article

Turkakin, E., Akbiyik, S., Akyol, B., Gürdere, C., Çakmak, Y. Ö., & Balci, F. (2018). Differential bilateral primary motor cortex tDCS fails to modulate choice bias and readiness in perceptual decision making. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12, 410. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00410

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Wang, E., Cakmak, Y. O., & Peng, M. (2018). Eating with eyes: Comparing eye movements and food choices between overweight and lean individuals in a real-life buffet setting. Appetite, 125, 152-159. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.02.003

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Berkay, D., Eser, H. Y., Sack, A. T., Çakmak, Y. Ö., & Balci, F. (2018). The modulatory role of pre-SMA in speed-accuracy tradeoff: A bi-directional TMS study. Neuropsychologia, 109, 255-261. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.12.031

Journal - Research Article

Lam Po Tang, E. J., HajiRassouliha, A., Nash, M. P., Nielsen, P. M. F., Taberner, A. J., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2018). Non-contact quantification of jugular venous pulse waveforms from skin displacements. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 17236. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-35483-4

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Maharjan, A., Peng, M., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2018). Non-invasive high frequency median nerve stimulation effectively suppresses olfactory intensity perception in healthy males. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12, 533. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00533

Journal - Research Article

Maharjan, A., Wang, E., Peng, M., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2018). Improvement of olfactory function with high frequency non-invasive auricular electrostimulation in healthy humans. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12, 225. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00225

Journal - Research Article

Cakmak, Y. O., Ekinci, G., Heinecke, A., & Çavdar, S. (2017). A possible role of prolonged whirling episodes on structural plasticity of the cortical networks and altered vertigo perception: The cortex of Sufi Whirling Dervishes. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 3. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00003

Journal - Research Article

Tosun, T., Berkay, D., Sack, A. T., Çakmak, Y. Ö., & Balci, F. (2017). Inhibition of pre-Supplementary Motor Area by continuous theta burst stimulation leads to more cautious decision-making and more efficient sensory evidence integration. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29(8), 1433-1444. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_01134

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Goktas, S., Yalcin, O., Ermek, E., Piskin, S., Capraz, C. T., Cakmak, Y. O., & Pekkan, K. (2017). Haemodynamic recovery properties of the torsioned testicular artery lumen. Scientific Reports, 7, 15570. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-15680-3

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Cakmak, Y. O., Akpinar, I. N., & Yoldemir, T. (2017). Decreasing the uterine blood flow with electroacupuncture: Bidermatomal and monodermatomal applications. Gynecologic & Obstetric Investigation, 82(2), 151-156. doi: 10.1159/000446947

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Cakmak, Y. O., Apaydin, H., Kiziltan, G., Gündüz, A., Ozsoy, B., Olcer, S., … Ertan, S. (2017). Rapid alleviation of Parkinson’s disease symptoms via electrostimulation of intrinsic auricular muscle zones. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 338. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00338

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Cakmak, Y. O. (2017). Rotorua, hydrogen sulphide and Parkinson’s disease: A possible beneficial link? New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1455), 123-125. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Cakmak, Y. O. (2016). Coffee consumption, smoking, and Parkinson's disease? The beneficial role of hydrogen sulfide. Movement Disorders, 31(3), 429. doi: 10.1002/mds.26526

Journal - Research Other

Uslu, B., Cakmak, Y. O., Sehirli, Ü., Keskinoz, E. N., Cosgun, E., Arbak, S., & Yalin, A. (2016). Early onset of atherosclerosis of the carotid bifurcation in newborn cadavers. Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research, 10(5), AC01-AC05. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2016/19827.7706

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Ozdogmus, O., Saban, E., Ozkan, M., Yildiz, S. D., Verimli, U., Cakmak, O., … Sehirli, U. (2016). Morphometric characteristics of caudal cranial nerves at petroclival region in fetuses. Anatomical Science International, 91, 246-249. doi: 10.1007/s12565-015-0291-0

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Cakmak, Y. (2015). Provotella-derived hydrogen sulfide, constipation, and neuroprotection in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 30(8), 1151. doi: 10.1002/mds.26258

Journal - Research Other

Acar, O., Esen, T., Colakoglu, B., Camli, M. F., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2015). Improving testicular blood flow with electroacupuncture-like percutaneous nerve stimulation in an experimental rat model of testicular torsion. Neuromodulation, 18(4), 324-328. doi: 10.1111/ner.12246

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Cakmak, Y. O., Ergelen, R., Ekinci, G., & Kaspar, E. C. (2014). The short appendix vermiformis as a risk factor for colorectal cancer. Clinical Anatomy, 27(3), 498-502. doi: 10.1002/ca.22375

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Cakmak, Y. O., Ozdogmus, Ö., Günay, Y., Gürbüzer, B., Tezulaş, E., Kaspar, E. C., & Hacioglu, H. (2014). An earplug technique to reduce the gag reflex during dental procedures. Forschende Komplementärmedizin / Research in Complementary Medicine, 21(2), 94-98. doi: 10.1159/000362140

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Çavdar, S., Bay, H. H., Kirazll, Ö., Çakmak, Y. Ö., & Onat, F. (2013). Comparing GABAergic cell populations in the thalamic reticular nucleus of normal and genetic absence epilepsy rats from Strasbourg (GAERS). Neurological Sciences, 34(11), 1991-2000. doi: 10.1007/s10072-013-1435-4

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Cakmak, Y. O. (2012). TNFα theory for the beneficial effects of acupuncture on infantile colic: Formula-fed infants and probiotic treatments. Acupuncture in Medicine, 30(1), 70. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2011-010125

Journal - Research Other

Cakmak, Y. O. (2011). Infantile colic: Exploring the potential role of maternal acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine, 29(4), 295-297. doi: 10.1136/acupmed.2011.010065

Journal - Research Other

Çakmak, Y. Ö., Akpinar, I. N., Yoldemir, T., & Çavdar, S. (2011). Decreasing bleeding due to uterine fibroid with electroacupuncture [Case report]. Fertility & Sterility, 96(1), e13-e15. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.03.110

Journal - Research Other

Ozdogmus, O., Çakmak, Y. Ö., Coskun, M., Verimli, U., Cavdar, S., & Uzun, I. (2010). The high 2D:4D finger length ratio effects on atherosclerotic plaque development [Short communication]. Atherosclerosis, 209(1), 195-196. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2009.08.023

Journal - Research Other

Cakmak, Y. Ö., Cavdar, S., Yalın, A., Yener, N., & Ozdogmus, O. (2010). Myocadial bridges of the coronary arteries in the human fetal heart. Anatomical Science International, 85(3), 140-144. doi: 10.1007/s12565-009-0069-3

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Cakmak, Y. O. (2010). Electroacupuncture reduces uterine artery blood flow impedance [Letter]. Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 49(3). doi: 10.1016/S1028-4559(10)60084-8

Journal - Research Other

Üzün, İ., Gürdal, E., Çakmak, Y. Ö., Ozdogmus, O., & Çavdar, S. (2009). A reminder of the anatomy of the recurrent artery of Heubner. Central European Neurosurgery, 70(1), 36-38. doi: 10.1055/s-0028-1119379

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Cakmak, Y. O. (2009). A review of the potential effect of electroacupuncture and moxibustion on cell repair and survival: The role of heat shock proteins. Acupuncture in Medicine, 27(4), 183-186. doi: 10.1136/aim.2009.001420

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Cakmak, Y. O. (2009). How acupuncture may relieve infantile colic symptoms—melatonin, serotonin and circadian rhythmicity [Letter]. Acupuncture in Medicine, 27(3), 134. doi: 10.1136/aim.2009.001172

Journal - Research Other

Ozdogmus, O., Çakmak, Ö., Yalin, A., Keklik, D., Üzün, Ý., & Çavdar, S. (2008). Changing diameters of cerebral vessels with age in human autopsy specimens: Possible relationships to atherosclerotic changes. Zentralblatt für Neurochirurgie, 69(3), 139-143. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-1004588

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Çavdar, S., Onat, F. Y., Çakmak, Y. Ö., Yananli, H. R., Gülçebi, M., & Aker, R. (2008). The pathways connecting the hippocampal formation, the thalamic reuniens nucleus and the thalamic reticular nucleus in the rat. Journal of Anatomy, 212(3), 249-256. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2008.00858.x

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Cakmak, Y. O., Akpinar, I. N., Ekinci, G., & Bekiroglu, N. (2008). Point- and frequency-specific response of the testicular artery to abdominal electroacupuncture in humans. Fertility & Sterility, 90(5), 1732-1738. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2007.08.013

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Gürdal, E., Çakmak, Y. Ö., Ozdogmus, Ö., Yalçinkaya, M., Üzün, İ., Gögüsgeren, M. A., & Çavdar, S. (2007). Morphometric measurements of the caudal cranial nerves in the petroclival region. Zentralblatt für Neurochirurgie, 68(2), 47-49. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-981463

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Aker, R. G., Özyurt, H. B., Yananli, H. R., Çakmak, Y. Ö., Özkaynakçi, A. E., Sehirli, Ü., … Onat, F. Y. (2006). GABAA receptor mediated transmission in the thalamic reticular nucleus of rats with genetic absence epilepsy shows regional differences: Functional implications. Brain Research, 1111(1), 213-221. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2006.06.118

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Çavdar, S., Onat, F., Çakmak, Y. Ö., Saka, E., Yananli, H. R., & Aker, R. (2006). Connections of the zona incerta to the reticular nucleus of the thalamus in the rat. Journal of Anatomy, 209(2), 251-258. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2006.00600.x

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Cakmak, Y. O. (2006). Epilepsy, electroacupuncture and the nucleus of the solitary tract. Acupuncture in Medicine, 24(4), 164-168. doi: 10.1136/aim.24.4.164

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