Hilleke Hulshoff Pol

Hulshoff Pol

Prof. Hilleke Hulshoff Pol

  • developmental disorders
  • structure and connections
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Hilleke Hulshoff Pol is full professor of neuroscience in particular of psychiatric disorders at the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. She completed her MS degree in psychophysiology in Utrecht (1987), her internship in neuropsychology and neuroimaging at the University of California in San Diego (1988), and subsequently her PhD degree in Utrecht (September 25, 1995). Topic of her thesis was memory processes in the frontal cortex of the human brain.

Her research focuses on structural and functional brain plasticity throughout life in health and in psychiatric disease, and the influences of genes and environment on brain plasticity. For this purpose she studies patients and healthy individuals and their (twin) family members, using magnetic resonance imaging at (ultra) high field. She has received a VIDI award from the Netherlands Scientific Organization NWO, and a High Potential award from the Utrecht University. Her work was published in >180 publications, her current h-index is 50, and has been cited >7200 times.

Research line and group

Research line
Brain plasticity
Number of PhD students
Number of postdocs

Personal fellowships and awards

  • NWO Gravitation grant Consortium Individual Development (one of the PIs), 2012
  • NWO NIHC Brain and Cognition, programmes of excellence (PI), 2010
  • High Potential Program grant Utrecht University (one of the two PIs), 2007
  • Marie Curie research training network grant (PI for Utrecht), 2007
  • NWO ZON-MW VIDI program grant (PI), 2004

Most recent key publications

  • Svatkova A, Mandl RC, Scheewe TW, Cahn W, Kahn RS, Hulshoff Pol HE. Physical Exercise Keeps the Brain Connected: Biking Increases White Matter Integrity in Patients With Schizophrenia and Healthy Controls. Schizophr Bull. 2015 Jul;41(4):869-78.
  • Schnack HG, van Haren NE, Brouwer RM, Evans A, Durston S, Boomsma DI, Kahn RS, Hulshoff Pol HE. Changes in thickness and surface area of the human cortex and their relationship with intelligence. Cereb Cortex. 2015 Jun;25(6):1608-17.
  • Marsman A, Mandl RC, Klomp DW, Bohlken MM, Boer VO, Andreychenko A, Cahn W, Kahn RS, Luijten PR, Hulshoff Pol HE. GABA and glutamate in schizophrenia: a 7 T ¹H-MRS study. Neuroimage Clin. 2014 Oct 15;6:398-407.
  • Brouwer RM, Hedman AM, van Haren NE, Schnack HG, Brans RG, Smit DJ, Kahn RS, Boomsma DI, Hulshoff Pol HE. Heritability of brain volume change and its relation to intelligence. Neuroimage. 2014 Oct 15;100:676-83.
  • Mandl RC, Schnack HG, Zwiers MP, Kahn RS, Hulshoff Pol HE. Functional diffusion tensor imaging at 3 Tesla. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013 Dec 3;7:817.