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MRace awarded Veerle Bergink with an Erasmus MC Fellowship 2016!

MRace Veerle Bergink Erasmus MC

This grant will allow Veerle to expend her research and research group focused on postpartum psychosis.

Summary project:

Postpartum psychosis (PP) is an acute and life-threatening psychiatric emergency with an incidence of approximately 1 in 1000 primiparous women. The relative risk for affective psychosis during the first month postpartum is 23 times higher than any other period in a woman’s life. Suicide risk is drastically increased in the first year postpartum with a mortality rate ratio of 289 compared to mothers with no psychiatric history.

In this study we will investigate the hypothesis of an immune related etiology of postpartum psychosis. Specifically, we will examine the association between severe postpartum psychiatric disorders and autoimmune disorders in a large population-based cohort. In an independent clinically-ascertained cohort, we will perform the first-ever brain imaging study in PP. The hypothesis is that the autoimmune pathophysiology of PP may result in white matter abnormalities.
In addition, we will utilize both the population-based and clinically-ascertained cohorts to elucidate predictors of the disease course. By combining the prospective OPPER study cohort and population-based Danish birth registry, this proposal is strongly positioned to significantly advance our understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying postpartum psychosis, and elucidate the long-term clinical disease course.

Congratulations, Veerle!

Invitation to lecture.

Dr. Juan Bonifacino
'Molecular mechanisms of neuronal polarity'.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Queridozaal (OWR) - 16.00h
Wytemaweg 80, Rotterdam.

Dr. Bonifacino is co-Director of the Cell Biology and Neurobiology Branch, at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda, USA; he is one of the most important experts in the molecular mechanisms of proteins sorting to different compartments of the endomembrane system, such as endosomes, lysosomes, and other lysosome-related organelles.

His work has important links to several neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

Here is a link to his webpage: https://irp.nih.gov/pi/juan-bonifacino


I hope to see you all there.

Thank you! Vincenzo

Invitation. (PDF-document)

Inaugural Lecture

Inaugural Lecture

The rector magnificus of the Erasmus University Rotterdam announces that at Erasmus MC - Faculty of Erasmus University Rotterdam

Dr. W.W. van den Broek

appointed as endowed professor of Evidence Based Medical Education, on behalf of the Vereniging Trustfonds EUR, will publicly accept his appointment on Friday April 8, 2016 with an inaugural lecture entitled:

'Dokters, gaat heen en onderwijst!'

The ceremony will start promptly at 4 pm in the Aula of the university (Erasmus building), Burgemeester Oudlaan 50 Rotterdam.

The reception will take place at 4.45 pm in the same building.

The rector magnificus warmly invites you to attend this ceremony and the reception.


Invitation. (PDF-document)

Oration. (PDF-document Dutch)