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Research overview

Mission statement

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.

Overall research description

Brain disorders should be considered one of the 21st century’s top global health challenges as they constitute the largest burden of disease, both within Europe and worldwide (Wittchen, 2011).
Our understanding of the underlying etiology and pathophysiology of mental illness is necessary to create healthy changes for future generations. Yet, the study of the human brain is often challenging and difficult due to high complexity of this organ and the multifactorial nature of emotions and cognition.
Furthermore, the stigma of mental illness remains a profoundly significant barrier to early-intervention and treatment continuity, thereby perpetuating the consequences of psychiatric illness for patients, families, healthcare providers, and society.
Therefore, to address these complementary and interconnected aspects of mental illness, our department has undertaken specific areas of intense research focus within our research program from 'bench to bedside to society'.
Our scientific research is organized into three main research lines that, each with their specific area/ focus of interest, are distinguished by their complementary methodological approaches. The three research lines cooperate naturally.

- Neurobiology of Mood & Psychotic Disorders;

- Applied social and forensic psychiatry;

- Medical psychology.


Due to the summer holidays there’re no Wetenschapslunch Psychiatry meetings scheduled in July and August.


The first meeting after the summer will take place on:

Monday, September 2nd, 2024
at 12 h




Sabine Rosa