The School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNs) strives to advance our understanding of brain-behaviour relationships by using an approach integrating various disciplines in neuro- and behavioural science, medicine, and the life sciences. MHeNs performs high-impact neuroscience research and educates master's students and PhD researchers. MHeNs performs translational research, meaning practical collaboration between researchers in the lab and in the hospital .
To perform research at every level, from the cellular to human, MHeNs is organised into three research lines:
MHeNs is involved in the curricula of several international master's and research master's programmes of both the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. Internships for students are offered on a broad range of topics within the field of mental health and basic neuroscience. They are also offered independently of the master programme.
“Alzheimer was traditionally seen as one uniform concept, but its heterogeneity is now increasingly recognized. In addition, Alzheimer is closely related to various aging mechanisms. This opens new targets for treatment that were ignored so far.”
“The new definition of health is focused on adjustment and self-management rather than symptom reduction. This means that research has to contribute to how individuals cope and adjust to expressions of mental vulnerability, and develop resilience over the course of their lives.”
“In order to optimize treatment and make prevention possible, we need to unravel the neurobiological mechanisms that determine responses to severe challenges. In such a way that more susceptible people can be supported better in activating the appropriate neurobiological switches.”
Sandra Schipper and Mark van den Hurk, who both took their PhD in December 2016, received a Rubicon grant from research financing institution NWO. This grant gives young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience