Louk Vanderschuren

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Prof. Louk Vanderschuren

  • developmental disorders
  • psychoses
  • environmental risks
  • translational research
telefoon
+31 88 7568811
email
l.j.m.j. vanderschuren@umcutrecht.nl

Biography

Louk Vanderschuren obtained a MSc degree in Medical Biology (1990) and a PhD degree (1994) at Utrecht University. As a post-doctoral fellow, he studied the neurobiology of drug addiction at the VU University Amsterdam and the University of Cambridge. In 2004 he was appointed staff member at the Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience (UMC Utrecht), and in 2010 he was appointed professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at Utrecht University. His research deals with the neurobiology of social behavior, impulsive behavior and  addiction. He has published 97 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and his work has been cited >4800 times. He is editor of Behavioural Pharmacology, and member of the executive committee of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society. 

Research line and group

Research line
The neurobiology of social behavior, impulsivity and addiction
Number of PhD students
N=2
Number of postdocs
N=2

Personal fellowships and awards

  • Roche Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012)
  • ZonMw/ National Institute on Drug Abuse Collaborative Grant (2010)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (USA) R01 Grant (2007)
  • ZonMw Top-Grant (2007)
  • Rudolf Magnus Research Award (2005)

Most recent key publications

  • Baarendse PJJ, Counotte DS, O’Donnell P, Vanderschuren LJMJ (2013) Early social experience is critical for the development of cognitive control and dopamine modulation of prefrontal cortex function. Neuropsychopharmacology doi: 10.1038/npp.2013.47
  • van Kerkhof LWM, Damsteegt R, Trezza V, Voorn P, Vanderschuren LJMJ (2013) Social play behavior in rats is mediated by functional activity in medial prefrontal cortex and striatum. Neuropsychopharmacology doi: 10.1038/npp.2013.83
  • Lesscher HMB, Houthuijzen JM, Groot Koerkamp M, Holstege FCP, Vanderschuren LJMJ (2012) Amygdala 14-3-3ζ as a novel modulator of escalating alcohol intake in mice. PLoS One 7:e37999
  • Veeneman MMJ, Damsteegt R, Broekhoven MH, Vanderschuren LJMJ (2012) Distinct contributions of dopamine in dorsolateral striatum and nucleus accumbens shell to cocaine reinforcement. Neuropsychopharmacology 37:487-498
  • Trezza V, Damsteegt R, Manduca A, Petrosino S, Van Kerkhof LWM, Pasterkamp RJ, Zhou Y, Campolongo P, Cuomo V, Di Marzo V, Vanderschuren LJMJ (2012) Endocannabinoids in amygdala and nucleus accumbens mediate social play reward in adolescent rats. J. Neurosci. 32:14899-14908