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.”
"We aim to understand the etiology of mental disorders by using dimensional approaches applied to ecological, psychological and biological systems. This offers opportunities to develop more individualized treatments and accurate predictive markers that could improve an individual’s quality of life".
“Our aim is to come up with innovative preventions, diagnoses and treatments for disorders of the nervous system. For this purpose we invest in an innovative research environment to study and unravel the biological and pathological mechanisms from the level of the gene up to behaviour“.
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).
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.
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.