Graduate School

School for Mental Health and Neuroscience

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 and in close collaboration with the Faculty for Psychology and Neuroscience and School of Business and Economics (Centre for Integrative Neuroscience).

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The impact of MHeNs’ unique research approach

With the knowledge acquired today, we move forward working towards a better future for the patients of today and tomorrow. That is why we collaborate in crossroads. 
Coming together at crucial intersections is where MHeNs researchers (from the five MHeNs research themes) and clinicians from the clinical pillars from MUMC+ Brain and Nerve Centre (BNC) and Centre for Ophthalmology meet and work together, opening the door to new discoveries. Discoveries for current patients and those of the future.

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11 Clinical pillars

MHeNs and BNC collaborate in 11 specialisms, aimed at patients with complex disorders of the brain and nervous system. The research collaborations occur in the so-called clinical pillars. The outcomes of this team research performances will lead to advanced evidence-based insights, innovative decision-making, better directions, highly developed innovations, technologies and treatments that can have considerable societal impact. Explore our crossroads in the following 5 research themes below. 

  Cognition and Dementia
  Hearing and Balance
  Vision and Ophthalmology
  Autonomic Control
  Mood, Anxiety and Trauma
  Psychosis and Neurodevelopment
  Eating Disorders

Get acquainted with the work of MHeNs, watch our animation on our research and societal impact.




PhD Education

MHeNs’ PhD programme promotes a high level of competence in a specific research field, but also in more generic, transferrable skills that are important for professional careers in research, education, or clinical practice.

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  • Prof. Frans Verhey appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau

    Friday, May 20, 2022

    Prof. Frans Verhey appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau

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    Willemijn Jansen wins Young Outstanding Researcher Award

    Tuesday, May 10, 2022

    Dr. Willemijn Jansen has won the Young outstanding researcher Award, the talentprize of Alzheimer Nederland.

    As a neuropsychologist she is fascinated by people with brain damage through Alzheimer but without complains. They seems protected by it. Within the Alzheimer Centrum Limburg of Maastricht University and Maastricht UMC+ she is doing research on the biological mechanism that underlines this protection.

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    NWO grant for Mayke Oosterloo and colleagues from a national consortium

    Thursday, March 24, 2022

    In various hereditary brain diseases, a mutated protein damages brain cells, resulting in deterioration of health, disabilities and death. There is now hope to develop experimental therapies that can inhibit the production or toxic effects of these proteins. A consortium of several organizations, including the Department of Neurology MUMC, has received a grant of €4.7 million.

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