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.

Two Veni projects Psychology

The Veni funding for outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD was granted to the psychologists for the following projects:

Neural mechanisms of pain-avoidance learning in healthy and chronic-pain populations
Dr M. (Marieke) Jepma (v), Cognitive psychology Learning to avoid behaviour that results in pain is crucial. The researchers will map out the neurocognitive mechanisms that form the basis of this learning process. They will also investigate whether - and if so, how - this learning process is disturbed in patients with chronic pain.

Mastering your nerves
Dr B. (Bart) Verkuil (m), Clinical Psychology
A person who spends a lot of time worrying is often said to be a nervous wreck. In excessive worriers, the vagus nerve that controls relaxation is underactive. The researcher will be examining whether worrying decreases if this nerve is stimulated electrically. The research could lead to new insights in the treatment of a range of psychological conditions.


Veni grants Leiden University

Fifteen researchers from Leiden will receive the Veni grant this year. In 2014 a total of 152 out of 1086 applicants have been granted a Veni by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Among them are 65 women, three of whom from Leiden University.

NWO support for talented creative researchers

The Veni funding will enable the outstanding researchers to do their own line of research. The Veni is part of the Veni-Vidi-Vici Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, and allows talented and creative researchers who have obtained their PhD in the last three years to conduct independent research and develop their ideas for a period of three years. In this way NWO wants to boost innovative research and promote mobility within scientific research institutes.

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Last Modified: 20-08-2014