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Genes, The Brain and Human Behavior

Summer School 2013

Is there a genetic basis for intelligence? What is the relation between genetic variations and psychiatric disorders? How do genetic variants contribute to the development of problems like addiction? These questions, and more, are addressed during the two-week CSCA Summer School 2013: Genes, The Brain and Human Behavior. Through lectures and workgroups, participants of the Summer School will explore current research surrounding this topic and develop their own research proposal to  investigate the relation between genetics and neuropsychology. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, students from a wide range of backgrounds are encouraged to join.


The Summer School and the associated Symposium are organized by Prof. Dr. Eske Derks (Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam) and Dr. Mariëtte Huizinga (VU University of Amsterdam). Eske Derks investigates the role of genetic factors in numerous psychiatric conditions, including addiction and schizophrenia. Mariëtte Huizinga's research focuses on the development of self-regulation in children and adolescents.


  • Dr. Wiep Scheper - The pathogenic cascade of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dr. Marleen de Moor - Genetic and environmental influences on personality and major depression
  • Prof. Dr. Danielle Posthuma - Gene-set testing in genetic studies of intelligence
  • Prof. Dr. Cock van Duijn - Epidemiological Risk Factors for Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Prof. Dr. Eske Derks - The genetic architecture of addiction
  • Dr. Anneke Goudriaan - Addiction as a Behavioral and Brain Disorder: Novel Insights from Clinical Neuroscience

Frijda Lecture

Christine van Broeckhoven - Can genetic insights in neurodegeneration help in disease diagnosis based on biological mechanisms to improve therapeutic interventions?


  • Dr. Wiesje van der Flier - Understanding Heterogeneity in Alzheimer Disease: The Role of Age and APOE
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Spanagel - Genes, The Brain and Addiction
  • Prof. Dr. Alfons Schnitzler - Oscillatory brain networks in motor control and movement disorders
  • Prof. Dr. Richard Ridderinkhof - Motivation-Control and its Neurocognitive Mechanisms in Aging
  • Dr. Corette Ploem - Collection, storing and using genetic data for research - the legal/ethical framework
  • Prof. Dr. Christine van Broeckhoven -  Closing and Panel Discussion