New information booklet on adolescent brain development

The foundation for Life Sciences & Society (Biowetenschap & Maatschappij) has published a new booklet on adolescent brain development. It covers the most recent insights on a wide range of topics, such as risk-taking behavior, social-emotional development, the effect of sleep and social media, and what happens when development deviates from average. It is written by Dutch scientists and youth professionals, amongst which many GUTS researchers. It can be downloaded (free) or bought through this site.

May 16, 2019: NeuroLabNL Startimpuls symposium

On 16 May 2019, the annual NeuroLabNL Startimpuls symposium: “cross-talk between neuroscience and society” will take place in the Royal Theatre (Koninklijke Schouwburg) in The Hague. Guest speaker Prof. dr. Ronald Dahl (UC Berkeley, USA) will share his view on the use of developmental and neurocognitive science for public health, educational and safety policy. Startimpuls consortia-members will present their scientific products. In a masterclass, you can ask questions about your own (research)problems regarding neuroscience, societal benefits and policy making. The day will end with a paneldiscussion by Pedagogical Director of Youth Penitentiary Institutions Marijke van Geenabeek, Director-General Marcelis Boereboom from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Director Carsten Herstel from the Ministry of Justice and Safety, who will share their view on the use of neuroscience for policy making.

For the full program and registration, check this link.

April 15-18, 2019: NIAS – Lorentz Center Workshop

This 4 day workshop focuses on integrating theory and methodological approaches to capture developmental brain dynamics across multiple levels.

It is hosted in Leiden and organized by researchers from the Free University (Nienke van Atteveldt), Maastricht University (Milene Bonte), Catholic University Leuven (Maaike Vandermosten) and Leiden University (Wouter Weeda).

For the program, see the workshop website.

ZonMW funding obtained to develop educational material for professionals working with youth antisocial behavior

Neurobiological knowledge about antisocial behavior in adolescents has increased in recent years. How this knowledge can be used in practice, for example by professionals working with criminal youth, is often still unclear. Hogeschool Windesheim and Hogeschool Utrecht have been awarded a ZonMW grant for the development of a curriculum about the neurobiology behind antisocial behavior. This curriculum is intended to give professionals (in training) insight into the neurobiological aspects that can play a role in antisocial behavior: how can you deal with this knowledge, use the knowledge and what conclusion can you attach to it.

Scientific knowledge from the Startimpulse of NeuroLabNL, a consortium affiliated with GUTS, is combined with practical knowledge from, among others, the Academic Workplace Youth and social partners such as the NIFP, Pluryn and Young in Prison. An important part of the development of the educational package lies in involving the needs and opinion of young people themselves and the professionals who work with them. The result will be a dynamic educational package that is based on the most recent knowledge from neurobiology, psychology and sociology.