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Movie "Stress, brain plasticity and new neurons": Professor Paul Lucassen explains what happens in our brains when we get stressed. In his research he looks at the role that stem cells play in this process.

  • 2020

    Harm Krugers and Paul Lucassen published a joint chapter on ‘Plasticity in the brain; synaptic plasticity and adult neurogenesis’ (in Dutch) in the ‘Handboek neurowetenschappen voor de klinische psychiatrie’. Eds: O.A. van den Heuvel, Y.D. van der Werf, B.A. Schmand, B.C.G. Sabbe. Uitgeverij Boom, Amsterdam, ISBN 9789024432356, 2020.

    Paul Lucassen is ECNP Fellow and Faculty Member of the 33rd (online) ECNP Congress, Sept 2020.

    Paul Lucassen is member of the ZonMW Open review board 2020-2021.

    Paul Lucassen is member of the review board of NWO Klein 2020-2021.

    Harm Krugers gave a lecture on Stress en onze hersenen at the Amsterdamse Academische Club.

    Paul Lucassen was co-organizer of the AF/FVA/AN international European Alzheimer Academy Workshop 2020.

    Paul Lucassen delivered an invited lecture on; ‘Brain plasticity, (early) stress and Alzheimer’s disease’, for the ZONMW Memorabel Program committee meeting, VUMC, Amsterdam, 22-1-2020.

    Paul Lucassen delivered an invited (online) lecture on; “Neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease’ at the Amsterdam Brain & Cognitive sciences ‘Summer School on the Aging Brain; Gray Matters’, online 19 June 2020.

    Paul Lucassen delivered an invited lecture (online) on; ‘Brain plasticity in relation to early life stress and nutrition,’ at the online version of the ECNP conference, online 13 Sept 2020.

    Paul Lucassen delivered an invited Lecture on; ‘Brain plasticity, (early) stress, nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease’, at the afdeling Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, host; Dr. M. Mens, prof.dr. Ikram. Online 28 sep 2020.

  • 2019

    Paul Lucassen is Board member of the RPA ‘Urban Mental Health’ per May 2019.

    Paul Lucassen was invited as member of the Board of Reviewing Editors (BRE) of Elife, Mar 2019.

    Paul Lucassen is member of the management team of Amsterdam Neuroscience.

    Paul Lucassen delivered a Highlight Lecture for Psychobiology (in Dutch) on; ‘Brain Plasticity, neurogenesis, stress and disease’. Science Park UvA 7 Jan 2020.

    Paul Lucassen was Invited faculty opponent for the Viva/PhD thesis of ms Francesca Marchisella (Prof. Dr. E. Coffey as supervisor); “JNK regulation of neuronal plasticity in relation to brain changes relevant for anxiety and depression-like behavior.” Åbo Akademi University, Turku Centre for Biotechnology, Turku, Finland, June 2019.

    Paul Lucassen was co-organizer and session chair at the EUROGENESIS meeting Bordeaux June 2019.

    Paul Lucassen was invited VIVA examiner for the PhD thesis ‘Investigating Nutrient-Sensing Pathways in Ageing Human Neural Stem Cells and Age-Related Cognitive Decline’, by Chiara De Lucia, supervisor Dr. S. Thuret, co-assessor Dr. J. Davies. Kings College London, London UK, 1 feb 2019.

    Paul Lucassen was interviewed for the Dutch newspaper Trouw by Willem Schoonen on; Neurogenesis in the human brain; “Het volwassen brein heeft jonge streken’, 2 Feb 2019.

    Paul Lucassen was invited external Examiner of the PhD thesis (Viva) of Danka Kozareva, supervised by Dr Yvonne Nolan and Prof.Dr. J. Cryan, at the University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 28 January 2019.

    Paul Lucassen gave a public lecture on; ‘What does stress do to your brain?’ - as part of the UvA Health Week, Science Park, 14th May 2019.

    Paul Lucassen commented for the NEMO KennisLink website on "New neurons in old brains".

    Paul Lucassen gave a Live Radio 1 interview on ‘New neurons in old brains’ 26 march 2019; "Aanmaak nieuwe hersencellen minstens tot je 87ste".

    Paul Lucassen was interviewed on the state-of-the-art in Alzheimer’s disease in the ebook; “Onder dementieprofessoren”, by Robbert Huijsman in collaboration with Alzheimer Nederland and Vilans. The book can be downloaded from;

    Paul Lucassen was invited to give a lecture; ‘Neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease; recent developments’, at TNO BPRS Rijswijk, 19 Nov 2019.

    During the week of work stress, Week van de (anti)werkstress, Harm Krugers gave a lecture on Stress and the Brain at the University of Amsterdam

    Harm Krugers gave a lecture on the declarative memory at the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition.

    Paul Lucassen was invited to give a talk on; ‘Brain plasticity in relation to (early life) stress, nutrition and dementia’, at the International WASAD congress, Wuerzburg Germany, 5 October 2019.

    Paul Lucassen was invited to give a lecture on; ‘Cognitive reserve and plasticity from a neurobiological perspective; focus on early life’ at the Cognitive Reserve Symposium at the Veranda, Alzheimer Centrum, Amsterdam, 18 Sept 2019.

    Paul Lucassen was interviewed in NRC (6/7 April 2019) on "Neurogenesis and Electroconvulsive Therapy for Major Depression."

    Paul Lucassen commented in New Scientist on a paper on electrostimulation and brain aging, April 2019. See "Elektrostimulatie maakt breinveroudering ongedaan".

    Aniko Korosi – was interviewed  at the ECNP (European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) meeting in Barcelona about her research on early stress and nutrition. It was posted on Youtube

  • 2018

    Aniko Korosi en Paul Lucassen gave an interview for the popular science magazine 'EOS Psyche & Brein' on Early stress and Nutrition; “Nare kindertijd verandert het brein", EOS P&B, nr 3, p 84-88, summer  2018.

    Harm Krugers gave a lecture during World Alzheimer day, entitled “Zorg voor je Hersenen”.

    Paul Lucassen among others was interviewed in Nature’s News & Views on the 2018 Nature paper by Sorrells et al. See "Neuron creation in brain’s memory centre stops after childhood".

    Paul delivered an invited lecture on “Brain plasticity and (human) neurogenesis in relation to (early) stress and depression’, at the Institute Italiano di Tecnologica in Genova, Italy, 17 May 2018.

    Paul Lucassen delivered an invited lecture on; “Effects of early life stress on later brain plasticity and disease vulnerability” at the MQ Mental Health meeting in London, UK, 2 feb 2018 and in May 2018,

    Michelle Solleveld (PhD student Lucassen/Reneman groups) was interviewed about her thesis work on Ritalin and antidepressive drugs for adolescents, for the magazine Didactief, spring 2018.

    Two PhD students from Aniko Korosi Kit-Yi Yam and Lianne Hoeijmakers were interviewed by Kennislink  in March 2018

    Aniko Korosi organized, on the occasion of the PhD defenses of Lianne Hoeijmakers and Kit Yi Yam, an international  “BrainSINposium on Stress, Inflammation and Nutrition” in Amsterdam, with several international speakers from France and the US. More information can be found on the Brainsinposium website. March 22nd 2018.

    Paul Lucassen wrote the script for the educational website animation of the Dutch government on Major Depression; “Wat gebeurt er in je hoofd als je depressief bent?" for 'NOS op 3', as part of the National Campaign on Depression; “Hey, ’t is Okay".

    Article on early stress and dementia, discussing work of Aniko Korosi, Harm Krugers and Paul Lucassen on the website of Alzheimer Nederland 2018; See "Verhoogt stress op jonge leeftijd het risico op Alzheimer".

    Paul Lucassen was interviewed for the UvA magazine Folia summer 2018 on darm bacteria and the brain, read "Zitten mentale stoornissen tussen de oren of in de darmen".

    Harm Krugers delivered a lecture on Gezond oud worden (Healthy aging), ihkv International Alzheimer dag.

    Harm Krugers delivered an UvA pop-up college on the ferry near Amsterdam Central station on ‘Stress’. In September 2017, See link;

    Paul Lucassen was interviewed in the NRC newspaper of 7 sept 2018; “Zo werkt je gestresste brein’. Read "Zo werkt je gestresste brein".

  • 2017

    On 21 September 2017, on the world Alzheimer day, Harm Krugers gave a lecture on Geheugen en de Ziekte van Alzheimer.

    Paul Lucassen delivered a laymens lecture in Dutch on ‘Stress effects on the brain’ in the AMC within the framework of the HartStichting crowdfunding grant awarded to Dr. Anouk Schrantee Amsterdam. On 31 Oct 2017, AMC Amsterdam.

    Paul Lucassen delivered a lecture at the Laboratory of Neurobiology and Histochemistry of the University of Athens, Greece, on ‘Adult Neurogenesis; regulation by stress and disease', as part of the Erasmus exchange program, 24 Oct 2017.

    Paul Lucassen delivered a lecture at the Department of Psychiatry in Athens, Greece, on ‘Structural plasticity changes in relation to (early) stress and depression'.  25 Oct, 2017.

    Paul Lucassen was interviewed about senescent, or ‘zombie’ cells, in relation to dementia, on Dutch National Radio 1 'Nieuws & Co’. Listen to the fragment on NPO radio 1: "vormen zombiecellen de heilige graal in de strijd tegen Alzheimer"

    In March 2017, within the framework of the Brain Awareness Week, Anouk Schrantee and Michelle Solleveld delivered a high school lecture on 'Exercise effects on the brain’.

    Harm Krugers gave a lecture on Stress, Openbaar Lyceum Zeist during the Brain Awareness week 2017

    Paul Lucassen delivered a laymen lecture on 'Our brain under stress' (in Dutch), at the Congres of Pawlik Consultancy 2017 – 'Presteren onder Druk’, in Restaurant Dauphine, Amsterdam. 30 May 2017.

    Paul Lucassen set up an exchange program for master students between the University of Athens and the University of Amsterdam 2017.

    Paul Lucassen delivered an invited lecture on 'Regulation of neurogenesis by stress and antidepressants' at the Varna meeting on Adult primate neurogenesis in Varna, Bulgaria. May 2017,

    'Paul Lucassen debates stress at the KennisCafé in DeBalie, Amsterdam, 20 feb 2017 Vette Stress - een avond over stress.

    Paul Lucassen was international PhD opponent for the PhD thesis of Christian Von Lindow on ‘Serotonergic modulation of amyloidosis in Alzheimer’-like disease in mice’, and also delivered a Lecture on 'Structural plasticity in relation to depression and dementia', at the Department of Neurobiology Research, Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Southern Denmark (host; Prof. Dr. B. Finsen), Odense, Denmark. 9 March 2017,

    Paul Lucassen was interviewed on Radio 1 on Plasticity in the Brain, 6 Feb 2017 ; Het plastische brein.

  • 2016

    Paul Lucassen delivered his lecture on neurogenesis to UvA alumni at the University Day on 4 June 2016.

    Our paper "Age-Dependent Effects of Methylphenidate on the Human Dopaminergic System in Young vs Adult Patients with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Randomized Clincal Trial" in JAMA Psychiatry was highlighted and discussed in;

                * Het Parool 4 aug; 'Bied druk kind niet te snel Ritalin'

                * Volkskrant 22 Nov; 'Ritalin verandert kinderbrein blijvend'.

                also on various websites;,

    Paul Lucassen was interviewed on National Radio 1 on Stem cells and Exercise, 27 jui 2016. Bewegen stimuleert aanmaak hersencellen.