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  • Christiaan Vinkers, psychiatrist and researcher in our group, has been awarded a Vidi grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO). This prestigious award, worth 800,000 euros, enables recipients to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years. He obtained the award for his proposal […]

  • How do you reduce the use of antidepressants safely and without major problems? That is a question that concerns many patients and physicians. Amsterdam UMC and Radboudumc in the Netherlands are going to investigate this with a ZonMw grant of 1.5 million euros. The TAPER-AD study is the first robust study worldwide to directly compare […]

  • Annual report 2019 online!

    The annual report 2019 is now available online! Our annual report highlights our research projects and societal impact and provides an overview of our researchers and their research output.  Our research group is performing well. This becomes visible through the consistent high number of international, peer reviewed scientific papers produced by the research group. In […]

  • On Thursday afternoon 24th, September Brenda Penninx received the senior Joannes Juda Groen Prijs for her research. This award is for researchers who have made a great contribution to interdisciplinary behavioral science.  Around the award ceremony, a small symposium with (inter)national speakers was held. 

  • The department of psychiatry of Amsterdam UMC, VUmc, has received 300,000 Euros from the Dutch Brain Foundation for the project “Overnight alleviation of anxiety”. Eus van Someren, Patricia van Oppen and Neeltje Batelaan are involved in this project, together with Annemieke van Straten (VU University). The Dutch Brain Foundation (Hersenstichting) has awarded 2 million Euros […]

  • Stichting tot Steun VCVGZ has awarded over 160,000 Euros to Annemiek Dols and Alexandra Beunders for a mixed-methods study in older people with bipolar disorder without medication. This research consists of a quantitative part and a qualitative part and is being conducted by Alexandra Beunders, psychiatrist training in PhD student at GGZ inGeest. Patient experts […]

  • The Dutch Brain Foundation (Hersenstichting) awards 600,000 Euros to psychiatrist and researcher Christiaan Vinkers (Amsterdam UMC) and professor Onno Meijer (LUMC ) for research into the treatment of depression after childhood trauma. The aim of the study is to see whether mifepristone, a medicine that has been used outside of psychiatry for years, can treat […]

  • Two Horizon 2020 grants obtained

    Our department has obtained two EU grants (Horizon 2020). Brenda Penninx, Femke Lamers and Yuri Milaneschi are involved in both studies, focusing on comorbidity of depression and cardiovascular disease, both with a different focus. TO_AITION addresses the hypothesis that immune-metabolic dysregulation, occurring as a result of genetic, lifestyle and environmental risk factors ‘training’ innate immunity, […]

  • Amsterdam Neuroscience has awarded five project proposals from researchers of the department of psychiatry: Application of machine learning to neuroimaging data (ENIGMA related project). Moji Aghajani (BI). The clinical sensitivity, specificity, and validity of neuroimaging in neuropsychiatry remain a major conundrum. Amsterdam Neuroscience has, therefore, awarded a grant (60.000 Euro) to a team of Amsterdam UMC […]

  • Stichting tot Steun and ZonMw have awarded Marcel Adriaanse (Health Sciences, VU) and Berno van Meijel (VUmc-GGZ inGeest/InHolland/Parnassia Groep) a joint grant of 510.000€ for research into smoking cessation among people with serious mental illness. People with serious mental illness (SMI) smoke more often compared to the general population. Smoking is the leading cause of […]

  • October 31st queen Maxima visited the department of Anatomy & Neurosciences in Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc. After visiting the Imaging Center and some labs, she concluded her visit with an expert meeting on how research can lead to improvement in neuroscience and mental health care. Researchers and psychiatrists Hein van Marle and Christiaan Vinkers, also […]

  • Several research projects at our department recently started recruiting participants.  Good luck with recruiting! OPERA: the Netherlands study of Optimal, PERsonalized Antidepressant use.  arrIBA: effectiveness and working mechanism of a relatively new treatment for OCD: the Inference Based Approach (IBA). GRIP: effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy focused on suicide prevention (CBT-sp). URIS: Ultra-high Resolution Imaging of the […]