Pijlman, Dr F.T.A. (Femke)





Femke Pijlman is no longer working at the Department for Child & Family Studies.

Academic Career

  • Post-doc researcher, Centre for Child and Family Studies and Data Theory, Leiden University. Project: Attachment and genes (2005-2007)
  • Research associate, Unit International Affairs, Trimbos-institute Netherlands Institute for Mental Health and Addiction; scientific coordinator of international development team for website “Evidence-based electronic library on drugs and addiction (EELDA)”; critical appraisal of scientific literature and writer of text for website. Coordinator collaborations with France and US. (2003-2005)
  • Training in evidence-based information collection and quality assessment of information in the drugs field (2003-2004, Budapest)
  • Research manager Dutch Addiction Program, Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw); coordinate research funding for basic addiction research and in international collaborations (2002-2005)
  • Training pharmacology of club drugs, Trimbos-institute (2002-2003)
  • Research associate, Drugs Information and Monitoring System, Trimbos-institute Netherlands Institute for Mental Health and Addiction; analyse and report on pharmaco-epidemiological drug data (2002-2003)
  • PhD., Rudolf Magnus Institute for Neuroscience, University Medical Center Utrecht. Effects of physical and emotional stress on behaviour and brain processes (2001)
  • Teaching Biological Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Utrecht University (1997-2001)
  • MSc. Biology, Faculty of Biology, Utrecht­ University (focus on ethology and medical biology) (1997)
  • Teaching Ethology research practices, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Biology, Utrecht University (1996-1997)

Research areas and activities

  • Child and Family Studies: Gene-environment interaction in behaviour, genetic polymorphisms, parental sensitivity and child behaviour
  • Neurobiology & behaviour: Addiction, stress, animal models of psychopathology, coping styles, anxiety and novelty seeking, brain processes
  • Monitoring trends in use and content of club drugs and cannabis
  • Evidence base information collection and selection in the drug field

Selected publications

  • Pijlman, F.T.A., Van Ree, J.M., & Gerrits, M.A.F.M. (in preparation). Both prenatal morphine and emotional stress facilitate endogenous opioid release in specific brain areas; implications for addiction proneness.
  • Pijlman, F.T.A., Rigter, S., Hoek J., & Niesink, R. (2005). Increased levels of total THC in cannabis sold in Dutch coffee shops. Addiction Biology, 10(2), 171-180.
  • Pijlman, F.T.A., Herremans, A.H.J., Van de Kieft, J., Kruse, C.G., & Van Ree, J.M. (2003). Prepulse inhibition of startle increased and startle reflex decreased after chronic mild physical, but not emotional stress in the rat. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 13(5), 369-380.

Full publication & presentation list (pdf).

Last Modified: 31-01-2013