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Dr Sheena Josselyn

On 23 May 2017, as part of an ABC / Swammerdam Lecture (host: Harm Krugers), Dr Sheena Josselyn from the University of Toronto, Canada

delivered an excellent and very well attented lecture on 'Making, breaking and linking memories'.

On 27 January 2017, as part of the Amsterdam Brain & Cognition program, Dr Matthew Holt of the Vlaams Institute for Biotechnology

delivered a splendid and well attended lecture on the differences between astrocytes, entitled 'Cell by cell: molecular approaches to understanding astrocyte heterogeneity in the CNS'.

Henriette van Praag

On 12 September 2016, Dr Henriette van Praag (NIH/NIA Baltimore, USA)

visited our group and delivered a very stimulating 2 hour talk on ' Regulation and function of adult hippocampal neurogenesis: the role of exercise'.

Dr Alessio Attardo

On 7th Dec 2015, Dr Alessio Attardo from the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich

visited our group and gave a lecture on 'Cellular representations of experience: How does hippocampal cell biology support network information processing?'.

Visit from Dr Encinas from Bilbao

On 25th of November 2015, Prof.Dr Encinas from Bilbao, Spain, visited our group on the occasion of Marijn Schouten's PhD defense and gave a seminar on: 'Reactive Neural Stem Cells in the Adult Brain'.


Prof. Dr. Xinyu Zhao, University of Wisconsin-Madison visited our group in October 2015 and delivered a stimulating lecture on 'Modeling brain diseases using stem cells'.

In June, Dr Sarah Spencer from RMIT University in Melbourne visited our group to discuss our shared interests on early nutrition, inflammation and brain programming.


In June 2015, Dr Sarah Spencer from RMIT University in Melbourne visited our group to discuss our shared interests on early nutrition, inflammation and brain programming.



  • On Tuesday 5th of September 2017, Paul Lucassen chaired a well attended session on 'The effects of exercise on cognitive functioning and its contribution to healthy aging' at the 30th ECNP meeting in Paris. Both Henriette van Praag (Baltimore, USA) and Kirk Erickson (USA) delivered very stimulating lectures on this topic, both from an animal experimental and clinical perspective, respectively.

  • Paul Lucassen delivered his lecture on neurogenesis to an audience of over 200 interested people at the UvA University Day on 4 June 2016.

  • Carlos Fitzsimons' presentation on Epigenetic regulation of glucocorticoid actions in adult neurogenesis was highlighted in the The node, a scientific news website maintained by The Company of Biologists, publishers of some of the important journals in the field, such as 'Development'

  • The PhD thesis of Eva Naninck was highlighted on KennisLink; http://www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/jeugdstress-beschadigt-brein-permanent

  • Professor Paul Lucassen was interviewed on the current state of affairs on the research on Alzheimer’s disease in the book ‘Alzheimer Onderzocht’ by Neuvel, Steinbusch, Kooistra and Petit, published by Lannoo Campus, EAN 9789401426138.

  • During the European Researcher’s Night on the 25 th of September, Eva Naninck, postdoc with Korosi, presented her insights on ‘the effects of early nutrition on brain development’ in a fully booked Science Café at the Rotterdam Science Festival. The theme of the 4 th edition of this festival was ‘Food’, and the main goal of the festival was to bring science to society by sharing the latest scientific insights with a broad audience. 

  • The research and presentations of Kit Yi-Yam and Eva Naninck (PhD students Korosi group) at the Dutch Neuroscience meeting were highlighted in the blog of Esther Nederhof     ( https://esthernederhof.wordpress.com)

  • Eva Nanick (PhD student with dr. A. Korosi) has been selected for the LERU Doctoral Summer School 2015 in Oxford.


  • Paul Lucassen has been nominated for the 'Stimuleringsprijs Medische Producten Nieuw en Nodig (NWO)'. (2015)

  • Master students Anna Amelyanchik and Lennart de Vries have been awarded a free day pass for the 1st Dutch Neuroscience meeting.(2015)

  • Lynnet Frijling (student Pascal Bielefeld, Fitzsimons group) wins the Poster award at the first Dutch Neuroscience meeting (june 2015).

  • Wendy Timmermans and Judith ter Horst have received a travel award to go to the FENS 2014 conference in Milan.

  • Judith ter Horst won a poster award at the ENP 2014 conference in Lunteren. 

  • Kit Yi Yam has won the best presentation award (€250) at the Netherlands Society for Endocrinology meeting (Nov 2014)

  • Top Paper Award for Dr. Carlos Fitzsimons. (2014)

  • The Lucassen group was awarded the SILS Research Award 2014 for best research papers and best overall performance. (January 2014)


  • Aniko Korosi (SILS) and Tessa Roseboom (AMC) have been awarded an Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC) grant of €250,000 for their project ‘The role of fat metabolism and nutritional status in early-life-stress-induced cognitive impairments: an interdisciplinary study using animal experimental and human observational data.' This grant will fund a postdoctoral position for 2 years. (April 2016)

  • Prof. dr Paul Lucassen and Dr Aniko Korosi, assistant professor, received a JPI grant 'CogPlast'. This grant is a Joint Action of Nutrition and Cognitive Function of the Joint Programming Initiative “Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” (JPl HDHL). The project involves 5 EU partners (UK, France, Austria, Spain and the Netherlands) with ZonMw’s funding the Dutch part of the project for a total amount of € 315.000. The project is translational across nutrition, epidemiology, and neurosciences leveraging human data/serum samples and mouse models. It aims at (i) identifying and validating an optimum combination of dietary compounds providing protective effect against cognitive aging and brain plasticity alteration, (ii) identifying vulnerable populations responding to the impact of diet on cognitive decline, (iii) providing evidence of brain plasticity as targets of choice for bioactives intervention to prevent/slowdown cognitive decline and (iv) providing a proof-of-principle life-long dietary intervention for preventing/rescuing cognitive decline.

  • Dr Aniko Korosi, assistant professor, received an Amsterdam Brain & Mind Project (ABMP) grant of € 240.000 in partnership with Dr. Vivi Heine (Department of Complex Trait Genetics, VU) on ‘Advanced in vitro and in vivo modeling to study the role of astrocytes in MDD’. This grant will allow them to intensify the collaboration between UvA and VU and bring together their unique expertise.

  • Eva Naninck (postdoc Korosi group) received an ABC Talent grant of € 100.000 for her research on ‘Effects of early-life stress on maternal milk composition and later infant cognition’. Eva’s ABC Talent grant enables her to extend the project and to study cognitive aspects in collaboration with the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (Oct 2015).

  • Eva Naninck (PhD student Korosi group) received a travel scholarship (500,- E) awarded from the Genootschap tbv Natuur, Genees, en Heelkunde (June 2015).

  • Anouk Schrantee has been appointed as a post-doc on the ABC Grant. (2015)

  • Paul Lucassen together with Reneman from the AMC received an ABC project grant (250 kE) entitled;  Detecting neurogenesis in the live human brain using magnetic resonance spectroscopy; effects of exercise on cognition (March 2015)

  • Harm Krugers received a ZonMw Top grant for research into the influence of early life experiences on brain development. See: News SILS

  • Harm Krugers received a major research grant for research on fear. See:  News SILS

Published by  Swammerdam Institute

10 October 2017