MHeNs School for Mental Health and Neuroscience

The principal focus of the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience, abbreviated as (‘MHeNs’) is to conduct high-impact translational neuroscience research on neurological and psychiatric illness as well as mental health, and to provide state-of-the-art education to Master and PhD students. To this end, MHeNs brings together basic and clinical neuroscience domains in translational focus areas and expert groups. This enables maximum synergy between research groups across its current three divisions, optimizing the use of available expertise, and forging alignment of animal models and human research projects.

Prof. dr. Bart Rutten hoofd afdeling Psychiatrie en hoofd vakgroep P&N

Prof. dr. Bart Rutten is per 1 december 2017 benoemd tot hoofd van de afdeling Psychiatrie (azM) en hoofd van de vakgroep Psychiatrie en Neuropsychologie (FHML).

Hij volgt in deze functie mevrouw. dr. Jacqueline Strik op, die als interim hoofd in beide functies werkzaam was na het vertrek van prof. dr. Jim van Os per 1 juni 2017. ​
Bart Rutten gaf leiding aan de divisie Neurowetenschappen van de School for Mental Health and Neuroscience van de Universiteit Maastricht. Als hoogleraar in de Neurowetenschappen van Psychische Stoornissen was hij reeds verbonden aan de vakgroep Psychiatrie en Neuropsychologie en was hij als psychiater werkzaam bij het Academisch Angst Centrum, een samenwerking van de Universiteit Maastricht met Mondriaan (instelling voor geestelijke gezondheidszorg).

10th Annual MHeNs Research Day

Impression of our 10th Annual Research Day in Hotel van der Valk, Maastricht, November 29th.

Walter H. Backes, PhD, Accepts Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence

Walter H. Backes, PhD, professor of Medical Physics in the Department of Radiology at the Maastricht University Medical Center in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and colleagues have identified a connection between leakage of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology, shedding new light on the vascular contribution of dementia.

The research, "Blood-Brain Barrier Leakage in Patients with Early Alzheimer Disease," which was published in the November 2016 issue of Radiology, has earned Dr. Backes and his colleagues the sixth annual RSNA Alexander R. Margulis Award for Scientific Excellence.

"Our results suggest that BBB impairment may be a contributing factor in the early pathophysiology of AD and might be part of a cascade of events eventually leading to cognitive decline and dementia," Dr. Backes said.