Newly appointed GELIFES professor, Martien Kas, announces start of major EU project on brain disorders

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Martien Kas has recently been appointed as Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at the Groningen Institute of Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES) of the University of Groningen. Within the Adaptive Life program, Kas will focus on the neurobiology of adaptive and maladaptive aspects of social behaviour and cognition.

His approach includes the cross-species genetic analyses of neurobiological substrates for maladaptive behaviors of neuropsychiatric disorders. Neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), are heritable neurodevelopmental disorders with reduced fecundity, and are characterized by inappropriate behavioral responses to environmental cues. “I focus on the analysis of behavioral strategies, in particular social interaction and behavioral flexibility, which are essential for adaptation. These studies will lead to our understanding of conserved gene function in regulating essential behavioral strategies and will ultimately improve therapeutic and preventive strategies to contribute to healthy aging.

Kas is the project coordinator of a large EU Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) project that aims to unpick the biological reasons underlying social withdrawal, which is a common early symptom of, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and Major Depressive Disorder. The PRISM project (Psychiatric Ratings using Intermediate Stratified Markers) started on April 1st, and is a EUR €16.5 million public-private cooperation, uniting researchers from European academic centres, and major pharmaceutical companies.

Period12-Apr-2016 → 19-Apr-2016

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  • TitleEuropean research on the biological causes of social withdrawal
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletUniversity of Groningen website
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    Date19/04/2016
    DescriptionSocially withdrawing from friends, family and colleagues is a common early symptom of neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and depression. The biological causes are still unknown, however. The PRISM project intends to uncover these reasons using the latest research methodology. This European research project has a budget of € 16.5 million and is a collaboration among 23 organizations, including six Dutch university research institutes and seven major pharmaceutical companies.
    Producer/AuthorUniversity of Groningen
    URLwww.rug.nl/news/2016/04/european-research-on-the-biological-causes-of-social-withdrawal
    PersonsMartien Kas
  • TitleNewly appointed GELIFES professor, Martien Kas, announces start of major EU project on brain disorders
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletUniversity of Groningen website
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    Date14/04/2016
    Producer/AuthorUniversity of Groningen
    URLmyuniversity.rug.nl/infonet/medewerkers/fwn/news/newly-appointed-gelifes-professor_-martien-kas_-announces-start-of-major-eu-project-on-brain-disorders
    PersonsMartien Kas
  • TitleEuropean mental health project targets biological roots of social withdrawal
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletScience
    Media typePrint
    Duration/Length/Sizedoi:10.1126/science.aaf9906
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date12/04/2016
    DescriptionWithdrawal from friends, family, and colleagues is of the most painful and debilitating symptoms of major depression. It is also an early sign of diseases such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s. Today, a large coalition of European researchers and pharmaceutical companies announced a new €16.5 million research initiative, aimed at determining whether the social withdrawal in such disorders has a common biological cause.
    Producer/AuthorEmily Underwood
    URLwww.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/european-mental-health-project-targets-biological-roots-social-withdrawal
    PersonsMartien Kas