Understanding the brain
Where did you study?
I graduated in the late 90’s as a biological psychologist at Radboud University in Nijmegen. During and after this I conducted several projects in the field of applied neuroscience in Sydney (Westmead Hospital), Munich (Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry) and Scotland (Organon Research in Newhouse). I received my PhD at Utrecht University on the topic of ‘EEG-based personalized medicine for ADHD and depression’ and I am specialized in neurobiological aspects of ADHD and depression, stratified psychiatry, biomarkers and neuromodulation techniques such as TMS.
What do you do?
In 2001 I founded Research Institute Brainclinics (now part of the Brainclinics Foundation) as an independent research institute, where I further specialize in advancing the understanding of psychiatric disorders through brain imaging (QEEG, ERPs), chronobiology and sleep, Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), which knowledge should aid in a future of personalised medicine or precision psychiatry. I am further specialized in the development and application of neuromodulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (rTMS) in the treatment of depression and OCD and neurofeedback in the treatment of ADHD. At Brainclinics Insights, the publishing division of the foundation, we work on knowledge dissemination through innovative and interactive educational materials
At Research Institute Brainclinics I supervise a team of PhD’s, published together with whom we published more than 170 scientific publications and 4 patents. In addition, Brainclinics Foundation researchers and PhD’s are affiliated with University of Maastricht (Dept. of Psychology & Neuroscience; Section Brain Stimulation and Cognition), where I also hold an associate professorship.
In 2006 I founded Brainclinics Treatment as a Brainclinics spin-off where new innovative treatments (rTMS, Neurofeedback) and assessments (sleep, QEEG) were pioneered and validated. This clinic was acquired by the neurocare in 2015. In addition, I was also founding director of Brainquiry (until 2007), editor of various scientific journals and books, organized many international conferences and served on the board of several international professional organisations.