Matteo Giletta receives ERC Starting Grant

Matteo Giletta from the University of Tilburg – GUTS member and researcher on the NeuroLabNL Start impulse – has received a prestigious ERC Starting Grant of 1.5 million euros for his research project ‘Outside-in: How Bullying in Adolescence Gets Into The Mind and Under the Skin’. In this research, he aims to uncover the mechanisms underlying the negative consequences of bullying victimization. To do so, he examines how bullying exposure can influence adolescents’ psychological and physiological functioning in real-time in their real-life. Moreover, he explores the possibility that bullying influences gene expression resulting in a profile that increases risk for health problems. These processes are investigated using a multi-method approach that integrates a variety of diverse methodologies, including ambulatory assessments of psychological and physiological data, genome-wide transcriptional profiling, and a longitudinal discordant monozygotic (MZ) twin-design. Together, this research will offer unprecedented insights about short- and long-term interplays between psychological, physiological and molecular processes through which bullying may get into the mind and under the skin.

4-5 sept 2019, Cognomics Conference “Bridging Gaps: from genes to cognition”

This conference brings together leading scientists from a range of disciplines to unravel the complex connections between genome, brain structure and function, and cognitive processes relevant to e.g. language, memory, and psychiatric disorders. An overview of the keynote talks can be found online: please visit​ for additional information about the program, registration and abstract submission.

Professorship for dr. Berna Güroĝlu

Prof. Dr. Berna Güroĝlu, project leader in the NeuroLabNL Startimpuls delivered her inaugural lecture on 28 June in the Academy Building of Leiden University. She has been appointed professor of Neuroscience of Social Relations. In her inaugural lecture, she spoke about the development and influence of friendship during adolescence, and the impact of social exclusion on brain development. Her inaugural lecture took place together with the inaugural lecture of Prof. dr. Ellen de Bruijn, professor of Neurocognitive Clinical Psychology at Leiden University. Read this article for the scientific content of their lectures. Congratulations Berna and Ellen with your professorships!

NeuroLabNL Startimpulse mid-way symposium

On May 16th, researchers of the NeuroLabNL Startimpulse projects celebrated the fact that they are mid-way, and the projects are running well. Prof. dr. Ron Dahl (UC Berkeley) kicked off with his inspiring lecture on the application of developmental neuroscience for public health: positive interventions at an early age give an upward spin to development. Also, youth likes to “matter”: by keeping youth involved and by respecting their opinion, they will find a positive way to contribute to society.

Startimpulse researchers presented the products that they are working on right now, such as an app for learning a second language, motivation measuring tools, educational material on antisocial behavior, and a new social taxonomy for child adolescent development.

For more news on this inspiring day, see the NeuroLabNL website and Universiteit Leiden.

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.