4 July 2019

This summer, Radboud University, Radboud university medical center and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics will unravel the thirty-something brain. The aim of the Healthy Brain Study is to improve understanding of how the human brain works. To this end, a thousand healthy individuals aged 30-39 years from Nijmegen and the surrounding area will be followed and tested for a year.

The Healthy Brain Study will investigate which social, biological and ecological factors influence the brain. Scientists can use the results to initiate new studies that aim to solve social questions and issues. How does what I eat affect my mood and my decision to buy a new car? What influence does a lot of sitting and sleeping have on my ability to withstand stress or to control aggression? How can I identify and prevent an upcoming burnout? By answering such questions, researchers at the Radboud Campus, including the Max Planck Institute, aim to learn how people can become happier, fitter and more self-reliant.

A thousand volunteers in their thirties
Researchers aim to follow and test a thousand people in their thirties from Nijmegen for a year to mid-2022. Project manager Lucy Overbeek: “We chose people in their thirties because their brains have fully developed, but haven’t begun aging yet. Moreover, this group often has to deal with important life events, such as career changes, a burnout, buying a house, having children or experiencing a divorce. These are all factors that influence their well-being.” The Healthy Brain Study researchers are looking for Nijmegen residents in their thirties from all walks of life. “In this way we can draw better conclusions about the general population", says Overbeek. If you’re interested in taking part and Dutch speaking, pre-register via www.dertigersbrein.nl.

Participants will be followed in their daily lives for a year during which time they will be tested periodically on the Radboud Campus. Testing will happen at three different moments in the year, giving researchers insight into how people's feelings, thoughts and actions fluctuate over time. Participants will wear activity meters at home for three weeks and complete questionnaires. They will undergo tests three times a year on the Nijmegen campus varying from brain-scans, fitness tests, blood tests and questionnaires on, for example, depression.

Team science
Unique about the Healthy Brain Study is that scientists from different disciplines will try to improve our understanding of the brain. Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and project leader Guillén Fernández: “I hope that the data we collect will inspire scientists and students to look beyond the boundaries of their own field. Team science is based on the idea that groups of scientists from different disciplines, e.g., social sciences, health sciences or management sciences, work together during all stages of a scientific project. This starts with asking the right questions and carries on up to and including the writing of scientific publications. This approach is the next step in better understanding the human brain.”

Related news items

4,8 million euros for prevention of tuberculosis among people with diabetes in Africa

16 July 2019

Reinout van Crevel and Lindsey te Brake have received European funding of 4.8 million euros to lead an international consortium to screen thousands of people with diabetes in Uganda and Tanzania for TB, and investigate the effect and costs of 3 months preventive treatment for TB.

read more

50.000 grant for Paul de Jonge and Harry Dolstra

15 July 2019

Paul de Jonge and Harry Dolstra, theme Cancer development and immune defense, received a €50.000,- (NWA-IDG) grant for their project regarding cancer immunotherapy.

read more

Handbook of biomarkers and precision medicine a new publication by Alain van Gool

12 July 2019

Alain van Gool published a new handbook on biomarkers and applications in (pre)clinical drug development for precision medicine.

read more

The real impact of menstrual complaints on work and school productivity

8 July 2019

Menstrual period symptoms may be linked to nearly nine days of lost productivity every year, through presenteeism, suggests the largest study of its kind, published in the journal BMJ Open. But the real impact on women and society is underestimated and poorly appreciated, say the researchers.

read more

Successful Summer School by CMBI, TML and Human Genetics

8 July 2019

CMBI, TML and Human Genetics organized a successful Summer School on 'Integrative X-omics Analyses Empowering Personalized Healthcare'.

read more

Walking for science Research by Radboud university medical center and Radboud University during the Vierdaagse (Four Day Marches)

5 July 2019

The Vierdaagse is a unique opportunity to conduct research into physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

read more