Dr. Wiepke Cahn has been a psychiatrist since 1996 at the University Medical Center Utrecht. In 2003 she became assistant professor at the Rudolph Magnus Institute after obtaining her PhD titled ‘brain morphology during the early course of schizophrenia’. Since that time, she has set up and been involved in various national and international multicenter research projects, including GROUP. Until 2012 she was the chief psychiatrist for the schizophrenia programme at the UMCUtrecht. Currently, she is project leader for the Utrecht Youth Cohort which will longitudinally examine the development of psychiatric disorders. Her own research interest and activity is to unravel the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of schizophrenia through examining the overlap of psychotic disorders and other medical conditions, such as diabetes.
Dr. Cahn has been an editor of ‘Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie’ and is currently on the board of the Dutch Psychiatric Association. She has authored more than 100 papers and book chapters and has been chief editor of ‘handboek schizofrenie’. Her non-research-based activities consist of treating patients with psychotic and bipolar disorders and she is trying to improve the outcome and quality of life of patients with a severe mental illness and their families.