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

    -Emerson M. Pugh
  • 2 "I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out."

    -Arthur Hays Sulzberger
  • 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
  • 3 "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process."

    -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)