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This symposium will provide a broad overview of biological approaches in mental health and psychiatric disorders. The newest research findings from the fields of genetics, imaging genetics, and neurocognition will be presented as well as examples of how advanced insights can be translated to (clinical) practice.

Detail Summary
Date 21 June 2019
Time 12:45 -14:45

The field of biological psychiatry has made huge progress in the last few decades. Genetics is one of the research areas where some of the biggest advances have been made. Geneticists have been able to identify genetic variants robustly associated with a variety of psychiatric outcomes, such as schizophrenia, depression, and substance use. This has allowed new research methods to be developed, which estimate genetic overlap between sets of psychiatric traits, or use genetic variants as proxies for causal inference. New knowledge about the biological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders can also lead to novel treatments.

One such novel treatment is deep brain stimulation, a neurosurgical procedure involving the placement of a medical device (a neurostimulator) that sends electrical impulses, through implanted electrodes, to specific targets in the brain (brain nuclei) for the treatment of certain psychiatric disorders.


Date:                     21 June, 2019 (12:15 – 14:45)

Location:             De Doelenzaal, UvA-bibliotheek, Singel 425

Registration:     Entrance is free but the number of places is limited.

Please register via e-mail



12:15-12:30     Coffee / Tea
12:30-12:40    Welcome

Prof. Nick Martin; QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute,     Brisbane, Australia

“Progress and challenges in the genetics of depression”


Prof. Dorret Boomsma; Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

“Genetics of Aggression and Attention Problems.”


Prof. Sarah Medland; QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia

“The genetic architecture of the brain and its implications for psychiatric disorders”

13:40-14:00     Break with Coffee / Tea

Prof. Damiaan Denys; Department of Psychiatry, Amsterdam     UMC, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

“Deep Brain Stimulation & Psychiatry” 


Prof. Ingmar Franken; Institute of Psychology, Erasmus     University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

“Bridging the gap between the neurocognitive lab and the addiction clinic”


Oratie Karin Verweij “Drugs and Genes”

(Aula – Oude Lutherse kerk, Singel 411)