The department of cognitive neuroscience explores the development and function of the nervous system in health and disease, with a special focus on neurodevelopmental, stress-related and sensory disorders.
We focus on in-depth translational research at the intersection of cognitive and clinical neurosciences, as well as on the teaching and training researchers and health professionals.
- International recognition, based on innovative expertise, publications, grants, scientific awards and networks;
- Excellent scientific training for master and PhD students;
- Expert teaching and teaching development within the UMC and beyond;
- Interaction with top researchers, clinical partners and others to promote interdisciplinary knowledge transfer and to develop potential applications.
Head of department
prof. dr. Barbara Franke
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Managing Director: Arthur Willemsen
Business Manager: Maickel van Lent
Assistant Business Operations : Nino Calò
Management Assistant: Erna Sommer-Verploegen
Management Assistant: Céline Schutte
Management Assistant: Nadine Brouwer
Management Assistant: Ellen Evers
Phone number: +31 (0)24 361 42 44
Focus: Investigation of the role of serotonin in neurodevelopment and how it is additionally modulated by environmental factors in the context of individual differences in behaviour and risk for psychiatric disorders like anxiety, depression, autism and drug addiction. Techniques involve behaviour and in vivo brain measures and manipulations, as well as ex vivo molecular and neuroanatomical assessments.
Contact: Prof. dr. Judith Homberg
Focus: Investigations of structural/functional (re)organization of excitatory/inhibitory neuronal networks in health and disease. Methods encompass cell culture, in vitro electrophysiological, immunohistochemical and neuroanatomical techniques in the rodent brain or human iPSP derived neuronal cultures. Research focuses on models for neurodevelopmental distortions including schizophrenia and intellectual disability.
Contact: Dr. Dirk Schubert
Focus: molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. We use animal and cellular human (IPS) models combined with molecular and electrophysiological methods to study the function of genes in learning and memory processes.
Contact: Dr. Nael Nadif Kasri
Focus: We develop and apply neuroimaging technologies in animal models to identify the distributed neuronal networks implicated in mental health disorders. We combined non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging with genetically targetted neuromodulatory tools to examine the causal mechanisms supporting brain organization and function, and its dynamical adaptations to stressors.
Contact: Dr. Joanes Grandjean
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Focus: Investigation of how stress exposure can lastingly affect brain function, and how this is different between distinct individuals, using animal models that allow for controlled study of the mechanistic underpinnings. The focus is on relating behavioral outcomes to brain function at the neural circuit level, combined with molecular studies to provide detailed mechanistic insight in the causes of altered neuronal circuit structure and function.
Contact: Dr. Marloes Henckens
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Focus: Investigations into large-scale oscillatory synchronization of the human brain using combined electrical stimulation (TACS) and EEG or MEG. The research combines modern techniques for manipulating and measure human brain activity with cutting-edge data analysis tools.
Contact: Dr. Michael Cohen
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Focus: Investigate the primate brain from neuron to behaviour using advanced psychophysics, neuroimaging and (single-unit) electrophysiology. The focus is on visual perception, visuomotor behaviour and cognitive control in health and disease. Modeling links the levels of research.
Contact: Dr. Jeroen Goossens
European research project raises hopes in fight against rare diseasesSolve-RD successfully established an innovative approach to jointly re-analyze genomic and phenotypic data from unsolved rare disease patients1 June 2021
Three Vici grantsfor Radboudumc researchers20 February 2020
Judith Homberg appointed Professorof Translational Neuroscience20 March 2019