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the core of my interest and expertise has always been the measurement of human cognitive performance and behaviour as well as their Biological markers. i hold a chair in experimental psychopharmacology at the department of neuropsychology & psychopharmacology, faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, maastricht University. my Research projects focus on Validation of models and markers for Diagnostics and follow-up in alzheimer’s disease, schizo-/affective disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders. i have worked 10 years in pharma industry, in gsk cambridge, uk and subsequently in roche, basel. functions: global responsibility for neuropsychology Research - company cognition Strategy - design and implementation of cognitive assessments in studies of potential new medicines in early development targeting cognitive impairment in alzheimer’s disease, schizo-/affective disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders - in early development. specialties: cognitive performance & cognitive tests neurochemistry of memory psychometrics & scaling cognition and depression early Drug Development
 cognition enhancement Translational Medicine psychopharmacology
 Alzheimer's disease


Current Experience

  • Coordinator Research Master Specialization "Drug Development & NeuroHealth"

    Since September 2015
    new track in 2-year Research master cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience New track in 2-year Research Master Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience

  • Cognition Consultancy

    Since March 2014
    strategic, methodological and analytical advice in cognition drug Research and development. Strategic, methodological and analytical advice in cognition drug research and development.

  • Professor of Experimental Psychopharmacology

    Since July 2003
    Professor of experimental psychopharmacology at faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience Professor of Experimental Psychopharmacology at Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience

Past Experience

  • Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow

    December 2011 --- November 2014
    experimental Medicine

  • Vice President - Science Group

    December 2011 --- February 2014
    Clinical Trial and academic Research division

  • Cognition Expert

    February 2007 --- November 2011
    company cognition Strategy

  • Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow

    January 2002 --- December 2007
    experimental Medicine

  • Global Head Neuropsychology

    January 2002 --- January 2007
    company cognition Strategy

  • Assistant / Associate Professor

    July 1986 --- December 2001
    Research & Teaching

  • Research and Teaching Assistant

    September 1977 --- June 1986
    Research & Teaching


LinkedIn Assessment :
NeuroscienceDrug DevelopmentClinical trialsscienceNeuropsychologyCognitionClinical researchTranslational MedicinePsychologyLifesciencespharmacologyLife SciencesClinical DevelopmentPharmaceutical IndustryAlzheimer's diseaseCognitive NeuroscienceDrug DiscoveryTranslational ResearchPsychiatryValidationData AnalysisBiotechnologymolecular biologyPsychopharmacologyNeurologyMedical ResearchScientific WritingCROIn VivoClinical Study DesignAnimal ModelsToxicologyImmunologyNeuroimagingGCPRock & RollDrumsPrivate PilotingCycling


  • PhD in Human Psychopharmacology from Maastricht University in 1995
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Experimental Psychology (major) from University of Groningen in 1984
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / University of Groningen in 1981

Area / Region

Maastricht, Netherlands


Driving License
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