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 .


To perform research at every level, from the cellular to human, MHeNs is organised into three research lines:

  1. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience – generates new insights into the neurocognitive and neurobehavioural mechanisms in order to improve treatment and care for people with cognitive disorders and other neurological disorders
  2. Mental Health – focusses on the mechanisms through which interactions between individuals and their environments contribute to the development of mental disorder and the impact of mental health services on morbidity
  3. Neuroscience – uncovers the underlying mechanisms of neurodegenerative and regenerative processes to improve health and to provide solutions to cure neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders like Alzheimer's disease, Depression, Movement Disorders and Pain


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.

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    Eight NWO grants for talented UM researchers

    Thursday, November 5, 2020

    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros to three experienced UM researchers: Dr. Jordi Heijman (CARIM), Dr. Ali Jahanshahianvar (MHeNs) and Dr. Bettina Sorger (FPN). 

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  • Man holding his head in distress

    Research to start on coronavirus brain damage

    Friday, October 9, 2020
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  • Research Alzheimer's and MS - Brein

    Important progress made in research on treatment for MS and Alzheimer’s

    Monday, September 9, 2019

    For the first time, in experimental animal models for MS, researchers at Maastricht University (UM) and Hasselt University (UHasselt) have succeeded in restoring the substance myelin, which is degraded by the disease.

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  • Pilar Martinez

    Relationship between lipids and Alzheimer’s

    Wednesday, September 26, 2018

    Pilar Martinez, newly appointed professor of Neuro-inflammation and Neuropsychiatric Disorders, will deliver her inaugural lecture ‘Lipids and antibodies in neurological and psychiatric diseases’ on Friday 5 October. Four years ago, Martinez began studying the role of lipids – fats – in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. She quickly became convinced that lipids play an important role in the development of this brain disease.  

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  • Center for Integrative Neuroscience launched

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    CIN new interfaculty cooperation for Integrative Neuroscience launched

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  • Rubicon Grants

    Rubicon grants for two UM researchers

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    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

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  • Explorer of the brain

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Read more
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Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+) logo

MHeNS works in close cooperation with the Maastricht University Medical Center+ (MUMC+). MUMC+ is known both nationally and internationally for its focus on prevention and taking an integrated approach to health care: from prevention, promotion of good health, and basic care, to top-level clinical diagnostics and treatment. Patient safety is our top priority in all of our endeavours. MUMC+ is part of The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres.

School for Mental Health and Neuroscience

Marie-Thérèse Moers