The Neuroimaging Research Group of the Department of Psychiatry at UMC Utrecht studies structural and functional brain maturation in humans throughout life, in health and diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, and autism.
Studies are aimed at finding genetic and environmental markers of variance in brain structure and function over time. We aim to unravel (patho)-physiology of brain plasticity of human brain throughout life.

We develop and implement Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) brain scan protocols and processing pipelines. Scans are being acquired for this purpose on the 1.5T, 3T and 7T scanners at our hospital on a daily basis. Processing pipelines exist for volume quantification, DTI, resting-state fMRI, BOLD fMRI, TMS-fMRI, and functional DTI.
Cohorts of healthy subjects, patients with psychiatric disorders, and their family members, including monozygotic and dizygotic twins and singleton siblings are followed longitudinally at a 2-5 year interval. To date, the continuously growing database consists of over 3000 MRI brain scans.

The Neuroimaging Research Group is based in the Psychiatry Department, Neuroscience Division, of the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), The Netherlands. It is also part of the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus (BCRM), which encompasses many research groups from the UMCU as well as from the Utrecht University.

Recent findings:

  • Common genetic variants influence human subcortical brain structures was recently found in magnetic resonance images of over 30.000 individuals from 50 cohorts in the ENIGMA Consortium (Hibar et al., Nature 2015).