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Research - Psychiatry

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Our mission is to innovate and optimise the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of severe mental health disorders in a medical context. The research conducted herein comprises applied, clinical and translational studies.



The iBerry Study receives grant Stichting tot Steun VCVGZ

Posted by Admin on February 2021

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We are pleased to inform you that dr. Nina Grootendorst received a grant from Stichting tot Steun VCVGZ for the study 'In the red – the relationship between debts and mental health among youth'. The project will be embedded in the iBerry Study and Susan Ravensbergen is appointed as a PhD student on this project.

Logo iBerry Study Susan Ravensbergen - iBerry Study

Recent numbers show that one out of twelve Dutch households has registered, problematic debts. More specifically, during the past five years the number of young adults with debts has rapidly increased. Previous studies show a positive relationship between financial problems and mental health, suggesting a vicious circle that even seems to be passed on from one generation to the next. The exact relationship between debts and psychiatric symptoms still remains unclear. The transition into adulthood seems to be a crucial phase. During this period adolescents become legally responsible for their own financial matters and psychiatric problems often emerge at this age as well.

Due to the longitudinal nature of the iBerry Study, the researchers will be able to assess the mutual effects between debts and various forms of psychopathology and the development of both over time. Furthermore, they will explore how debts arise and which factors predict financial problems in youth. In this way they expect to find starting points to develop targeted policy and suitable care for adolescents who either develop psychiatric disorders, financial debts, or both.

Lunch meetings Psychiatry by Zoom

Posted by Admin on September 2020 Seminars
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and until further notice these meetings unfortunately can only take place virtually.

Please note that Zoom doesn’t work within the Erasmus workplace environment. Zoom can be installed on smartphones, tablets, laptops and other pc’s, you can download it through the app store or website: www.zoom.us.

! We would like to ask all participants to put their microphone on mute while joining the meeting and their video on as it’s much more pleasant for presenters to see the participants faces.

If you have questions during the presentation, please let the speaker know by chat so he/she’ll be able to ask you to either unmute yourself or to ask the question by chat. Preferably, speakers would number their slides to make it easier in case of questions to refer to a certain slide.
We would like to start the meeting exactly on time at 12 h so we ask presenters to login approximately 10 minutes in advance to make sure their slide sharing settings are correct. Moreover, particularly given the digital platform, we would strongly ask everyone not to share any patient sensitive data during these meetings!

Please find the Zoom details for the meeting:

Meeting ID: 914 9513 7605
Passcode: 636753

Kind regards,

Steven Kushner, also on behalf of Mariëlle Caspers, Joke Tulen and Witte Hoogendijk

Joint appointment of Prof. dr. Steven Kushner at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry in New York

Posted by Admin on January 2020
Prof. dr. Steven Kushner Columbia University Department of Psychiatry in New York
We are pleased to announce the joint appointment of Prof. dr. Steven Kushner at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry in New York beginning March 1st, as an extension of his continued appointment at the department of Psychiatry at Erasmus MC.

This collaboration marks a further expansion of the GEZIN study bringing together psychiatric genetics, stem cell modeling and translational neurobiology, and offers unique opportunities for knowledge exchange and visits between faculty, staff and students of the department of Psychiatry of Erasmus MC and Columbia University.


Lunch meeting Psychiatry
by zoom
Monday, March 1, 2021 at 12 h

SeminarsQuote Nonsuicidal self-injury and suicidality in adolescents: The iBerry Study.

Presenter: Nita de Neve-Enthoven (The iBerry Study)


Kushner lab Biology of mental illness
Kushner Lab


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