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It is a pleasure to announce that NWO has decided to award Veerle Bergink a Veni grant

Etiology and outcome of affective psychosis triggered by childbirth

This grant (250k Euro) will provide Veerle with the opportunity to further develop her research in the field of postpartum psychosis (see summary below).

Logo Creating ConnectionsSummary project:
The overall aim of the proposal is to investigate the pathophysiology of postpartum psychosis (PP), and identify predictors of longitudinal outcome. The first objective will be focused on the etiology of PP, for which the primary hypothesis is that the autoimmune pathophysiology of PP may result in white matter abnormalities. To address this question, a detailed investigation of neuroimaging during the acute and remitted states of PP will be performed. The second objective will focus on which women experiencing a first-onset PP will progress to BD versus those women for whom their risk is elevated only during the postpartum period in order to identify predictors for the disease course. The Danish population-based birth cohort registry will be utilized in which long-term follow-up is available in over 900 women with first-onset PP.


April 16-18, 'Creating Connections III'

Resilience through Connection.

Resilience, the fundamental and vital ability to be able to survive, will be the theme of this two-day conference which is organized for the third time. This time in the theater in the Efteling. The organization is in the hands of Berry Aarnoudse and Jos van de Loo, the driving forces behind Creating Connections Conference III. International speakers like Dan Siegel (Professor of clinical psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine), Frans de Waal (Primatologist and ethologist), Witte Hoogendijk (Head of Department of Psychiatry at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam and Professor of Psychiatry) and Marco Iacoboni (Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Biology) will give presentations.

Logo Creating ConnectionsBy lectures and workshops, speakers will show interactions between various psychotherapeutic insights and trends. The relationship between attachment styles and Mindfulness, between insightful and behavioral perspectives, is underpinned by the latest scientific knowledge and research.

The conference takes place on Thursday 16 and Friday, April 17th, on Saturday, April 18th there is space for the 'post-conference', Sue Johnson, Steven Hayes and Jon Kabat Zinn give a full-day master class.

The full program can be found at www.creatingconnections.nl (Website)


A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of light therapy for depression during pregnancy

Light, Cognition, Behaviour and Health.

Within the NWO call ‘Light, Cognition, Behaviour and Health’ Mijke van den Berg was granted a sum of 300k Euro from NWO and 100k Euro matching money by Philips for the project “A randomized, double-blink, placebo-controlled study of light therapy for depression during pregnancy”. This grant will provide Mijke the means to hire a PhD student and a part-time postdoc. See below for a description of the project.

Zwangere staande in de zonDepression during pregnancy negatively affects pregnancy, birth outcome and child neurocognitive development. Since treatment with antidepressant medication is controversial because of its unknown effects on intrauterine child development, alternative non-pharmacotherapeutical interventions are of high relevance. Bright light therapy (BLT) has proven to be effective in depression, with few adverse reactions. Therefore, it is an attractive candidate treatment for pregnant women with depression.
This study is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial comparing the antidepressive effects of BLT with placebo in 150 pregnant women with d epression. The primary aim of this study is to investigate whether BLT is an effective treatment for depression during pregnancy compared with low-intensity light therapy (placebo). Secondary aims of the study are to demonstrate the effect of BLT on sleep quality, endocrine function during pregnancy, and on delivery outcomes; if any of these effects are present, their mediating role on mother and child outcomes will be tested.

Defining and measuring quality in General Hospital Psychiatry

How do You Know Your Consult Service or Med-Psych Unit is Doing a Good Job?

The ‘Network of Quality Development in Mental Healthcare’ (Dutch: Netwerk Kwaliteitsontwikkeling GGZ / http://www.kwaliteitsontwikkelingggz.nl) grants psychiatrist Maarten van Schijndel and co-applicants 160k Euro for defining a nationwide quality standard in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Maarten van Schijndel and co-applicant psychiatrists of the VU Medical Center, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis and Rijnstate hospitals will develop a Dutch quality standard covering Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Medical Psychiatric Units. This standard will be developed Logo kwaliteitsontwikkeling GGZin collaboration with delegates of the Dutch Association of Psychologists, patient organizations, insurance companies and referring physicians. As part of the project, relevant stakeholders will agree upon standardized quality indicators. Finally, pilot implementation of the quality standard and associated quality indicators will be carried out in the participating hospitals.


Best Poster Award presented to: Mira Staphorst

Congratulations to Mira Staphorst, who received the Best Poster Award during the 2nd International Pediatric Conference in Europe, Amsterdam, September 25-26

Best Poster Award: Mira Staphorst

Title poster: Self-reported experience of children during medical research procedures: an explorative study. Click here (PDF-document)


Summary: Institutional Review Boards often lack empirical evidence about children's experiences when evaluating the burden of study protocols. Therefore, we explored children's experiences in clinical research studies by interviewing them about their experiences.

Most interviewed children considered physical, mental and logistical discomfort of the medical research procedures as acceptable, and viewed their participation in clinical research as a positive experience. We used the outcomes of the interviews for the development of a questionnaire to systematically measure discomfort of medical research procedures.



Visie en meerjarenbeleidsplan afdeling Psychiatrie: Zorg voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek

Department of Psychiatrie Erasmus MC

Wij zijn er voor patiënten die in de gespecialiseerde GGZ onvoldoende geholpen kunnen worden en voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek voor de patiënt van morgen, waarvoor momenteel nog geen goede behandeling bestaat.







Klik hier om de visie en het meerjarenplan van de afdeling Psychiatrie in te zien. (PDF-document)