Indira Tendolkar has been appointed Professor of Clinical Neuroscience in Psychiatry at Radboud University / Radboud university medical center with effect from 1 October 2019.
Indira Tendolkar is an expert in the field of diagnostics and treatment methods in psychiatry and its border areas with other forms of medicine. She works at the interface between research and treatment and applies new research insights to diagnostics and patient treatment, particularly in the case of stress-related mental disorders. Since 2003 she has been affiliated with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and in 2018 she became a member of the board.
Indira Tendolkar (1968, Duisburg) grew up in Germany and studied medicine at the University of Aachen. She received her doctorate (magna cum laude) in 1995 with a neurophysiological study of retinal changes in diabetic patients. She then specialised in neurology, psychiatry and psychotherapy and worked as a researcher and clinician at the universities of Zurich, Magdeburg, Cologne and St Andrews. In 2006 she obtained her habilitation at the University of Cologne with research into memory disorders in patients with schizophrenia.
Declarative memory systemIn her research Tendolkar focuses on the declarative memory system (a kind of long-term memory). She developed new experiments that test neutral and emotional forms of that memory with, among other things, brain scans and measurement of electrical activity of nerve cells.
She unravelled the neural basis of chronic and treatment-resistant depression and started a line of research in which she used MRI techniques to study chronic depression and the vulnerability of stress-related psychological disorders during the lifetime. She has set up a research line to identify the areas of the brain associated with affective disorders such as anxiety and depression. She uses this as a starting point for new experimental treatment techniques in which she specifically tries to change the underlying dysfunctional memory processes.
As a professor, she will bridge the gap between neuroscientific findings and clinical application with the aim of personalising clinical diagnosis and treatment.
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