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Associate Professor Yusuf Cakmak

Yusuf CakmakAssociate Professor Cakmak is an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy. His research focuses 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

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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. (2022, August-September). Effects of neuromodulation on gastric slow waves validate using high-resolution body-surface mapping. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

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. (2022, August-September). Effects of neuromodulation on gastric slow waves validate using high-resolution body-surface mapping. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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

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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

Journal - Research Article

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

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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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Benninger, B., & Cakmak, Y. (2020). Innovative handheld ultrasound-probe-system utilizes artificial intelligence for teaching face-to-face sonoanatomy with human cadaver for lab and distance learning via cloud. Journal of Anatomy, 236(Suppl. 1), P2-E9. doi: 10.1111/joa.13163

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Cakmak, Y. O., Daniel, B. K., Hammer, N., Yilmaz, O., & Irmak, E. C. (2020). The human muscular hand avatar: Interactive virtual embodiment for anatomy education. Clinical Anatomy, 33(2), (pp. E18). doi: 10.1002/ca.23370

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Maharjan, A., Peng, M., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2019). Neuromodulation of olfactory performances using high-frequency vagus and median nerve stimulation in healthy male adults. In K. Hillman (Ed.), Proceedings of the 37th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR). (pp. 46). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Lumsden, S. C., Clarkson, A. N., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2019). Neuromodulation of the pineal gland. In K. Hillman (Ed.), Proceedings of the 37th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR). (pp. 44). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Khwaounjoo, P., Özsoy, B., & Çakmak, Y. Ö. (2019). Non-contact volumetric displacement and frequency spectrum analysis for Parkinson's disease tremor assessment. In K. Hillman (Ed.), Proceedings of the 37th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR). (pp. 50). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

HajiRassouliha, A., Lam Po Tang, E. J., Nash, M. P., Taberner, A. J., Nielsen, P. M. F., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2019). Quantifying carotid pulse waveforms using subpixel image registration. In P. M. F. Nielsen, A. Wittek, K. Miller, B. Doyle, G. R. Joldes & M. P. Nash (Eds.), Computational biomechanics for medicine: Measurements, models, and predictions. (pp. 83-92). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-75589-2_8

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

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

Lam Po Tang, E. J., HajiRassouliha, A., Nash, M. P., Taberner, A. J., Nielsen, P. M. F., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2019). Removing drift from carotid arterial pulse waveforms: A comparison of motion correction and high-pass filtering. In M. P. Nash, P. M. F. Nielsen, A. Wittek, K. Miller & G. R. Joldes (Eds.), Computational biomechanics for medicine: Personalisation, validation and therapy. (pp. 111-119). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-15923-8_9

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Du, P., Sukasem, A., & Cakmak, Y. (2018). How do auricular neuro-stimulations alter gastric bioelectrical slow waves? Neurogastroenterology & Motility, 30(Suppl. 1), (pp. 171). doi: 10.1111/nmo.13423

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

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Tang, E. L. P., HajiRassouliha, A., Nash, M., Taberner, A., Nielsen, P., & Cakmak, Y. (2018). Motion correction for measurement of carotid arterial pulse displacement waveforms. Proceedings of the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics. Retrieved from www.wbc2018.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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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Çakmak, Y. Ö., Ölçek, S. C., Özsoy, B., & Gökçay, D. (2018). Quantitative measurement of bradykinesia in Parkinson's Disease using commercially available leap motion. Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies (BIOSTEC). 4, (pp. 227-232). Setúbal, Portugal: SciTePress. doi: 10.5220/0006655402270232

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

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

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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

Journal - Research Article

Cakmak, Y. (2017, December). The human muscular hand avatar: Interactive virtual embodiment for anatomy. Verbal presentation at the 14th Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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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