(em) professor Medical PharmacologyKNAW - Academy professor,
LACDR/LUMC, Leiden University
I am fascinated by the question how stress hormones can change their action in the brain from protective to harmful. Resolving this question will help to promote a mechanism of ‘resilience’ present in the diseased brain as a novel approach to treat stress-related brain disorders.
With an oeuvre of about 600 scientific publications, 1 co-authored monograph and several edited books, our research received recognition with the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2007 Award of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2005 Geoffrey Harris Award of the European Federation of Endocrine Societies. Since 2001 identified as one of the worlds' 250 most cited neuroscientists (ISIhighly-cited).
August 25, 2010: Knighted in de 'Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw'