• 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
  • 4 "The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one."

    -Malcolm Forbes
  • 5 "The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around."

    -Thomas A. Edison

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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)


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).

Creating Connections Summary 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.

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)