Our team

Prof. Andrea Evers (figurehead health)

What is your expertise and background?

I am a professor of health psychology at Leiden University and head of the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology department. My research focuses on psychoneurobiological factors, such as stress and expectations, for health and illness. I have a specific interest in the psychoneurobiology of somatic complaints (for example pain and itching) and disorders (for example chronic inflammatory disorders), with a special emphasis on placebo effects, stress mechanisms and eHealth treatments.

Why have you become the figurehead of NeurolabNL and what do you like about NeurolabNL?
I have always had a passion for interdisciplinary research and collaboration between different disciplines. The researchers at NeurolabNL are strongly interdisciplinary in the field of brain, behavior and cognition and enthusiastic about the possibilities of having a real social impact. At NeurolabNL we can inspire each other, profile our work field and create strong relationships with social partners.

What are your ambitions for NeurolabNL – what do you hope to achieve in the next 3 years and the next 10 years?
In the coming three years we will be engaged in building an interdisciplinary network together with social partners and linking our research to the questions arising from the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA). In the coming ten years I expect that research in the field of brain, behavior and cognition will take off and become even more intertwined with other disciplines, in order to come up with real social solutions from there.

A nice fact about Andrea
I used to dance a lot, especially modern dance, and now I enjoy watching modern dance performances.

Dr. Katy de Kogel (figurehead safety)

What is your expertise and background?

I am a psychologist and a PhD in behavioral biology. The interfaces between psychology and biology have always fascinated me. For example, the relationship between the stress system and antisocial behavior.

Why have you become the figurehead of NeurolabNL and what do you like about NeurolabNL?
I think it is important that scientists and social partners can inspire each other to important research questions. NeurolabNL can offer a platform for this. The NeurolabNL research agenda, in which I was allowed to participate, is one of the results.

What are your ambitions for NeurolabNL – what do you hope to achieve in the next 3 years and the next 10 years?
NeurolabNL is a growing network that can help connect practice-oriented and more fundamentally oriented researchers. With new, exciting research projects as a result. The NeurolabNL start-up incentive project in which fundamental knowledge about the adolescent brain is linked to practice-oriented research into antisocial behavior is one example. I hope that with NeurolabNL we can stimulate many more such connections and investigations in the coming years.

A nice fact about Katy
Since a few years I love gardening. It is relaxing and you make something beautiful and / or edible. The challenge is to bring as much biodiversity as possible into the garden, who knows, maybe I will help the climate a little.

Prof. Richard van Wezel (figurehead fundamental)

What is your expertise and background?

Professor of Visual Neuroscience at the Donders Institute at Radboud University and professor of Neurophysiology at the University of Twente.

Why have you become the figurehead of NeurolabNL and what do you like about NeurolabNL?
It is important that researchers in the field of Neuroscience, Brain, Cognition and Behavior can easily find each other and form consortia together with patient associations, ministries and companies for proposals such as NWA. Fundamental research is the basis on which the newest ideas and techniques are emerging that are important for brain research and its applications in the coming decades and I would like to spread that message. I have enjoyed multidisciplinary research all my life. The nice thing about NeuroLabNL is that there is also a very wide range of partners involved with NeuroLabNL, which means that you will have to deal with very many different ideas.

What are your ambitions for NeurolabNL – what do you hope to achieve in the next 3 years and the next 10 years?
NeuroLabNL will play an important role in initiating and facilitating networks in the field of brain research, cognition and behavior. I hope that in the coming years we can help researchers to link fundamental brain research to questions that arise from NWA and the social partners such as ministries, patient associations and the business community. For the next 10 years I hope that the impact of that fundamental knowledge about the brain has grown so much that we come to relevant solutions in the field of brain diseases, desired behavioral changes and new technology, think for example of better treatment methods for dementia and the disease of Parkinson’s that so many people in our society have or have to deal with.

A nice fact about Richard
I like to cycle on a racing bike and try, if possible, to cycle to European congresses and for my commute between Nijmegen and Enschede (which is further than most people think …).

Prof. Lydia Krabbendam (figurehead education)

What is your expertise and background?

I am a professor of neuropsychology and I am concerned with the development of social cognition in adolescents, the relationship between brain development and social development, and how this development is related to functioning in social relationships. I am not only interested in normal development, but also in abnormal development, as adolescence is the phase in which various forms of psychopathology first occur.
Why have you become the figurehead of NeurolabNL and what do you like about NeurolabNL?
NeurolabNL offers a platform to researchers who want to work together to achieve social impact. Not only with each other, but also with social partners such as ministries, education and business. That makes NeurolabNL unique. A strong point of NeurolabNL is also that we represent fundamental research in addition to the social themes.

What are your ambitions for NeurolabNL – what do you hope to achieve in the next 3 years and the next 10 years?
In the coming years, we will invest in building up the network and developing projects with which we can make the connection between the scientific and social partners. I expect that in three years’ time we will be able to find each other much easier and also be better able to understand each other’s language. In education there is an enormous amount of interest in research into the brain and cognition. I hope that in 10 years’ time we can actually use the enormous amount of knowledge that we already have about the structure and function of the brain and about cognitive development to improve education.

A nice fact about Lydia
I did pencak silat for a long time and I still like to watch all kinds of martial arts.

Dr. Rob Heinsbroek (contactperson NWA)

What is your expertise and background?

I am a policy officer at the Dutch Reseach Council (NWO) and have worked on many programs in the field of brain functioning and behavior and applications of brain knowledge in social practice. This also fits well with my neurobiological background. In the development of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA), I have been able to contribute, together with colleagues, to the bundling of many questions in the field of brain functioning and behavior. That later became the NeuroLabNL route.

What do you like about NeurolabNL?
NWO has contacts for all routes. That is a nice construction for our NWO work. This way we know more about the routes internally and we can think more effectively and work on good deployment of routes. We as contact persons are not route tractors or supporters of figureheads, the routes are on their own. That is good and also provides room for assisting with contact between routes. I really enjoy being a contact person for NeuroLabNL. The scientific and social ambitions of the route fit in well with my other NWO tasks and I enjoy working together with the people in this field.

What are your ambitions for NeurolabNL – what do you hope to achieve in the next 3 years and the next 10 years?
The NeuroLabNL community has always been strong in quality, organization and ambitions. In my opinion, large and difficult projects are the need to better understand the fundamental functioning of the brain, in combination with the complexity of being able to do something practical with that concept. Brain knowledge for better education, more safety and health is a very strong and convincing prospect, but still has many hurdles to go, including ethical and social ones. Working on easily accessible contacts and connections between all research parties, policy and practice is of great value. NeuroLabNL plays a good role in this, which can certainly develop even further.

A nice fact about Rob
A few years ago I joined a drawing and painting group in my hometown of Alkmaar. A large sheet of paper, charcoal, brushes and paints for a few hours a week in the evening. A wonderful discovery to find out how fun and relaxing that is.

Dr. Julia Henrich (coordinator NeurolabNL)

What is your expertise and background?

I have a PhD in health psychology. The theme of my PhD research was mindfulness and how mindfulness helps people with chronic pain – this research was at the intersection of experimental cognitive and medical psychology. How your mind influences your body (and vice versa) I find super interesting. I am driven to use knowledge about the connection between mind and body to help people live healthily.

What do you like about NeurolabNL?
NeurolabNL wants to connect the knowledge of neuroscience and behavioral science with the needs and wishes of society. The researchers at NeurolabNL want to achieve this by working together with other knowledge institutes, companies and ministries. This approach produces many creative ideas.

What are your ambitions for NeurolabNL – what do you hope to achieve in the next 3 years and the next 10 years?
In the coming 3 years I hope that NeurolabNL starts many new, creative projects and that we can build lively relationships between scientists from the neuroscience and behavioral sciences, companies and other social partners. In ten years I hope that NeurolabNL has created visible added value – for example, that people live a healthier, safer life.

A nice fact about Julia
I am also a yoga teacher and have been teaching yoga for 5 years – first in Amsterdam and then in Oxford (where I obtained my PhD)

Dr. Annelinde van den Broucke (coordinator Startimpulse)

What is your expertise and background?

I have a PhD in neuroscience, in the field of visual awareness, memory and attention. In addition, I gained a lot of knowledge about MRI techniques and fundamental research. Within NeuroLabNL I am concerned with the connection with society: how can fundamental research be enriched by social issues and how can research results find a place in society?

What do you like about NeurolabNL?
NeuroLabNL consists of very enthusiastic researchers and professionals. There is a shared desire to connect neuroscience with society. It is a group that works very inclusive and is always open to new ideas. Opportunities are created from NeuroLabNL.

What are your ambitions for NeurolabNL – what do you hope to achieve in the next 3 years and the next 10 years?
In the coming 3 years I hope that the Startimpuls projects (optimal conditions for education and safety of young people) will land well, but also make a good start. That the connections that have now been made continue to exist and bear fruit. In 10 years I hope that NeuroLabNL has grown in terms of the number of partners and research projects, into a research center that connects people and where impactful research is being done. That it is an established network in the Dutch research and social field.

A nice fact about Annelinde
I like to travel: both through the Netherlands for work (with my laptop you can find me from “De Huiskamer” at the station in Driebergen to the station in Leiden, The Hague, Amsterdam and Utrecht), as well as across the world with an adventure backpack