• 1 "If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't."

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  • 3 "I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this."

    -Emo Phillips
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    -Vincent Van Gogh
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    -Thomas A. Edison

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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)

Wetenschappelijk onderzoek afdeling Psychiatrie - Jaarverslag 2013

Jaarverslag 2013 afdeling Psychiatrie Erasmus MCDe toekomst van ons onderzoek

Klik hier om het jaarverslag in te zien. (PDF-document)

Opleiding tot psychiater op de afdeling Psychiatrie van het Erasmus MC

De psychiater als medisch specialist

Het algemene gedeelte van de opleiding tot psychiater in een Academisch Ziekenhuis kent veel voordelen. Het accent in de eerste twee jaar van de opleiding ligt op de diagnostiek. We zijn gewend met ingewikkelde ernstige problematiek te worden geconfronteerd waarbij de belangrijkste vraag is: wat is er met de patient aan de hand.

Onze afdelingen en opleiders zijn gewend veel aandacht te besteden aan het beantwoorden van deze vraag. Daarbij zijn belangrijke andere onderscheidende factoren van onze opleiding het samenwerken met de andere medisch specialisten, uitgebreid diagnostische mogelijkheden, het doen van wetenschappelijk onderzoek.

Op de afdeling wordt intensief supervisie gegeven en er is een breed aanbod aan onderwijsactiviteiten (bijvoorbeeld patiëntdemonstraties, wetenschappelijke bijeenkomsten, bedside teaching, neurologie, interne geneeskunde, geriatrie, discipline overstijgend onderwijs en teach de teacher).

20 mei 2014: Uitnodiging oprichtingssymposium Universitair Centrum Zwangerschapspsychiatrie, Erasmus MC.

Zwangerschapspsychiatrie is al decennia lang één van de belangrijkste speerpunten van de afdeling Psychiatrie van het Erasmus MC. Zowel op het gebied van patiëntenzorg als op het gebied van wetenschappelijk onderzoek is de afdeling nationaal en internationaal toonaangevend.

Afbeelding website ZwangerschapspsychiatrieLeidend hierbij is hoogwaardige patiëntenzorg voor psychiatrisch kwetsbare zwangeren en ouders met hun jonge kinderen. Multidisciplinaire samenwerking tussen de afdelingen Psychiatrie, Gynaecologie, Kindergeneeskunde, Kinder- en Jeugdpsychiatrie/Psychologie en de Ziekenhuisapotheek is ons fundament en onze drijvende kracht.

Tevens willen wij graag feestelijk stilstaan bij onze recent vernieuwde Moeder Baby Unit op de afdeling Psychiatrie.

Wij nodigen u van harte uit om deze dag met ons mee te vieren.

Klik hier voor meer informatie (PDF-document)

Indonesian valuation and validation the EQ-5D-5L and its application in families living in unhealthy circumstances and in breast cancer patients.

At the end of April, Fredrick Dermawan Purba starts his research project entitled “Indonesian valuation and validation the EQ-5D-5L and its application in families living in unhealthy circumstances and in breast cancer patients” Fredrick is a PhD student from Indonesia.

His study (between April 2014-April 2018) is a cooperation among the Erasmus MC Rotterdam, the Free University Amsterdam, and the Padjadjaran University Bandung Indonesia.

Image studentenThe project was made possible by a funding of the Indonesian Directorate General of higher Education – Neso (DIKTI-Neso) PhD scholarship (www.uts.edu.au/international) and a research grant from the EuroQoL group (http://www.euroqol.org). Applicants and supervisors of the project are Joke Hunfeld, Jan Passchier (academic director international office Indonesia, VUmc), and Jan van Busschbach.

The workplace of Fredrick is at the Erasmus MC, section Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy, room NA-2019.

Dr. Astrid Kamperman was awarded a NWO grant of 490k Euro for the project that proposes to study the adaptation, implementation and effects of the LARA intervention (Linking Abuse and Recovery through Advocacy) in Rotterdam.

The LARA intervention  is specifically developed to support psychiatric patients that are victims of domestic violence. The intervention effectiveness will be evaluated in a cluster RCT.

Picture of people in RotterdamThe primary outcome is the detection rate of domestic violence. The secondary outcomes are: referral rate between community mental health care and municipal domestic violence services, and improvements in professional knowledge. The impact of the intervention on patients , feasibility, sustainability, and acceptance will be evaluated qualitatively.

The project is a collaboration between Erasmus MC, King’s College London, Antes, BavoEuropoort and GGD Rotterdam.


Dr. Veerle Bergink has received the news that her Rubicon Travelgrant has been approved.

This grant will allow her to collaborate with colleagues from the Aarhus University on:

  1. The co-occurrence of postpartum psychiatric episodes and immune disorders. Identification of the sequential occurrence or co-occurrence of these two disorders could provide a solid ground on which to proceed clinically and in translational research studies.
  2. Pharmacological treatment during pregnancy and subsequent risk of psychiatric episodes in women at high risk, to provide guidance to physicians regarding the optimal time-course and dosing of medication to prevent postpartum psychosis.

Logo's Erasmus MC en Aarhus UniversityThis proposal builds directly on accessibility to a platform of invaluable information within the Danish population-based registry of 4.4 million births, thereby providing the necessary statistical power to investigate lower-incidence disorders such as postpartum psychosis.

Studie naar vrijheidsbeperkende interventies krijgt een interne subsidie van het Erasmus MC.

Vrijheid beperkende interventies bij patiënten met somatische en psychiatrische comorbiditeit.

De felicitaties gaan uit naar psychiater Dr. K.M. Koorengevel en verpleegkundige Tim Korteland van de afdeling Psychiatrie, Erasmus MC.

Alle subsidies komen van het Erasmus MC zelf. De beoordeling van de onderzoeksvoorstellen is gedaan door de Medische Research Advies Commissie (Mrace).

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Het doel is het bevorderen van kwalitatief hoogwaardig en maatschappelijk relevant medisch onderzoek en het bevorderen van samenwerking en communicatie tussen de onderzoekers.


The Stichting Koningsheide granted € 20.000 for research on the biological factors leading to aggression.

Logo KoningsheideThe Stichting Koningsheide granted  € 20.000 for research on the biological factors leading to aggression, in particular the protocol "The effect of oxytocin on trust and aggression", in which Youri Berends,  Hjalmar van Marle and Joke Tulen investigate the effects of an intranasal dose of oxytocin on two laboratory paradigms that measure trust and aggression.

The effect of oxytocin on trust and aggression.

The Stichting Koningsheide is a foundation that subsidizes projects that make a connection between psychiatry and society, with a special focus on the forensic psychiatric population. With this grant, the Stichting Koningsheide makes it possible to broaden the scope on the interaction between hormones and behavior.

Congratulations to Youri with this support for his PhD project!