Veni for Marieke Jepma and Bart Verkuil

Psychologists Marieke Jepma and Bart Verkuil have been awarded Veni grants by NWO. They are among the 15 promising research talents from Leiden University who will receive the grant this year.

Vulnerability to depression

Some people are more sensitive to depression than others. But why is that the case? Clinical psychologist Niki Antypa studied how vulnerability to depression is influenced by cognition. She also found a first careful indication that a treatment with omega-3 fatty acids might provide a solution.

Mobile therapy can help fear of flying

The VALK Foundation aims to help those who suffer from fear of flying. It is in the process of launching a mobile application (‘Vlieg App’) to counter flying phobia. 'Vlieg App' can support people who suffer light to moderate phobia when confronted with air travel. It has been developed as part of the psychotherapeutic research programme at Leiden University.

Anxiety and depression: similarities and differences in the brain

Anxiety and depression have to date primarily been studied as separate psychiatric disorders, whilst they often occur in combination. Marie-José van Tol has has discovered that there is an overlap in the activity and volume of parts of the brain in anxiety and depression, but that both disorders have unique characteristics.  PhD defence with honours 26 May.

Happy Meal? The role of omega-3 fatty acids (fish-oil) in mood and cognition.

Omega-3 fatty acids have received a lot of attention lately. Scientific studies show beneficial effects for cardiovascular problems and several psychiatric disorders, including depression. Advertisement agencies have been trying to reap from that by portraying Omega-3 supplements as a cure to everything. Even the animal food industry tries to benefit from the increasing popularity of omega-3 fatty acids as you can now even buy cat food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. However, how much do you benefit from omega-3 supplementation when you are healthy and young?

New therapy for deliberate self-harm

It is one of the most urgent problems which can confront a psychotherapist: a patient who is deliberately inflicting self-harm. How can you protect someone from doing themselves further injury? Nadja Slee has developed a therapy which appears to be more effective than standard treatment.