Mission statement:

Architecture of the mind

Our mission is to understand how networks of neurons enable the cognitive functions of the brain, including consciousness, perception, movement, learning and social interaction, in health and disease.

The research program integrates three levels of biological complexity:
  • genetic and molecular approaches
  • cellular approaches and network function
  • system and behavioral approaches

The research program is carried out in 19 research groups. In addition, the NIN includes the Netherlands Brain Bank and participates in the Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging

Scientific Director Pieter R. Roelfsema, PhD
Vice Director Chris I. de Zeeuw, PhD
Managing Director Ronald van der Neut, PhD




Recent Publications

Kros, L., Eelkman Rooda, O.H., Spanke, J.K., Alva, P., Van Dongen, M.N., Karapatis, A., Tolner, E.A., Strydis, C., Davey, N., Winkelman, B.H., Negrello, M., Steuber, V., Van den Maagedenberg, A.M., De Zeeuw, C.I., and Hoebeek, F.E. Cerebellar output controls generalized spike-and-wave discharge occurence. Annals of Neurology, in press.


Saiepour, H.D., Rajendran, R., Omrani, A., Ma, W.P., Tao, H.W., Heimel, J.A., and Levelt, C.N. Ocular dominance plasticity disrupts binocular inhibition-excitation matching in visual cortex. Current Biology, in press.


Kamermans, M. Change the neural code, change the message. Nature Neuroscience, in press. [abstract]


Shan, L., Bao, A.M., and Swaab, D.F. The human histaminergic system in neuropsychiatric disorders. Trends in Neurosciences, in press.


Testa-Silva, G., Verhoog, M.B., Linaro, D., De Kock, C.P., Baayen, J.C., Meredith, R.M., De Zeeuw, C.I., Giugliano, M., and Mansvelder, H.D. High bandwidth synaptic communication and frequency tracking in human neocortex. PLoS Biology 12 (2014) e1002007. [abstract]


Pooresmaeili, A., and Roelfsema, P.R. A growth-cone model for the spread of object-based attention during contour grouping. Current Biology, in press.


Van Hemmen, J., Veltman, D.J., Hoekzema, E., Cohen-Kettenis, P.T., Dessens, A.B., and Bakker, J. Neural activation during mental rotation in complete androgen insensitivity syndrome: the influence of sex hormones and sex chromosomes. Cerebral Cortex, in press.


Stargardt, A., Swaab, D.F., and Bossers, K. The storm before the quiet: neuronal hyperactivity and Aβ in the presymptomatic stages of Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of Aging, in press.


Kranz, G., Hahn, A., Kaufman, U., Kublbock, M., Hummer, A., Ganger, S., Seiger, R., Winkler, D., Swaab, D.F., Windischberger, C., Kasper, S., and Lanzenberger, R. White matter microstructure in transsexuals and controls investigated by diffusion tensor imaging. Journal of Neuroscience 34 (2014) 15466-15475.


Saiepour, M.H., Chakravarthy, S., Min, R., and Levelt, C.N. Competition and homeostasis of excitatory and inhibitory connectivity in the adult mouse visual cortex. Cerebral Cortex, in press.


Wang, F., Kessels, H.W., and Hu, H. The mouse that roared: neural mechanisms of social hierarchy. Trends in Neurosciences 37 (2014) 674-682. [abstract]


Van Kerkoerle, T., Self, M.W., Dagnino, B., Gariel-Mathis, M.A., Poort, J., Van der Togt, C., and Roelfsema, P.R. Alpha and gamma oscillations characterize feedback and feedforward processing in monkey visual cortex. PNAS 111 (2014) 14332-14341.


Springelkamp, H., Hohn, R., Mishra, A.,.....De Jong, P.T.V.M., ...Bergen, A.A.B., ....Van Duijn, C.M., and Hammond, C.J. Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies novel loci that influence cupping and the glaucomatous process. Nature Communications, in press.


Piantoni, G., Van der Werf, Y.D., Jensen, O., and Van Someren, E.J.W. Memory traces of long-range coordinated oscillations in the sleeping human brain. Human Brain Mapping, in press. [abstract]


Van den Heuvel, J.K., Furman, K., Gumbs, M.C., Eggels, L., Opland, D.M., Land, B.B., Kolk, S.M., Narayanan, N., Fliers, E., Kalsbeek, A., DiLeone, R.J., and La Fleur, S.E. Neuropeptide Y activity in the nucleus accumbens modulates feeding behavior and neuronal activity. Biological Psychiatry, in press. [abstract]


Raaphorst, J., Van Tol, M.J., Groot, P.F., Altena, E., Van der Werf, Y.D., Majoie, C.B., Van der Kooi, A.J., Van den Berg, L.H., Schmand, B., De Visser, M., and Veltman, D.J. Prefrontal involvement related to cognitive impairment in progressive muscular atrophy. Neurology, in press. [abstract]


Willuhn, I., Tose, A., Wanat, M.J., Hart, A.S., Hollon, N.G., Phillips, P.E., Schwarting, R.K., and Wohr, M. Phasic dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens in response to pro-social 50 kHz ultrasonic vocalizations in rats. Journal of Neuroscience 34 (2014) 10616-10623. [abstract]


Hahn, A., Kranz, G.S., Kublbock, M., Kaufmann, U., Ganger, S., Hummer, A., Seiger, R., Spies, M., Winkler, D., Kasper, S., Windischberger, C., Swaab, D.F., and Lanzenberger, R. Structural connectivity networks of transgender people. Cerebral Cortex, in press.  


Self, M.W., Lorteije, J.A., Vangeneugden, J., Van Beest, E.H., Grigore, M.E., Levelt, C.N., Heimel, J.A., and Roelfsema, P.R. Orientation-tuned surround suppression in mouse visual cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 34 (2014) 9290-9304. [abstract]


More publications




1 March 2015

Dries Kalsbeek and Tom van der Poll (AMC) received a TOP-grant from ZonMw of 675,000 euro.

1 January 2015

Christian Keysers has been appointed professor of Social Neuroscience at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Amsterdam.

22 December 2014
the 5th international Art of Neuroscience competition is open: Submit your image, or movie before February 25th 2015.

see website: aon.nin.knaw

3 November 2014, Blue House, Seoul.

Inge Huitinga will sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and the Korean Brain Research Institute.

The ceremony will take place in the presence of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima and President Park of South-Korea.
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29 October 2014

The Academy of the Arts from the KNAW awarded a grant of 30,000 euro to Ysbrand van der Werf and Arnon Grunberg for a project on reading and brain activity.

26 October 2014

The Russian Academy of Science awarded the Ott's medal to Dick Swaab as an outstanding scientist, who contributed greatly to the development of molecular microscopy and effective application of this method for study of human neuroendocrine pathology.

19 October 2014

In the NWO program Natural Artificial Intelligence a grant of 250,000 euro was awarded to Pieter Roelfsema and S.M. Bohte (CWI) for the project: how neural networks learn subtasks under influence of reward and punishment.

18 October 2014

Dick Swaab wins the 2014 ECNP Media Award. The award will be presented at the welcome ceremony of the 27th ECNP Congress in Berlin.

6 October 2014

In the program Memorabel, part of the Deltaplan Dementie, ZonMw granted 1.5 million euros to the project Learning to resist Alzheimer's disease, novel molecular mechanisms that protect neurons against amyloid-beta, by Joost Verhaagen, Guus Smit (VU) and Helmut Kessels.


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24 March 2015, Eye film institute Amsterdam


Seminar Art of Neuroscience. Neuroscience & Gaming.

Winners of the 2015 Art of Neuroscience competition will be announced.

Please register on the website: aon.nin.knaw.nl

22 April 2015, 11:45 h, VU Amsterdam


Rebecca Astill will defend her thesis entitled:


Don't let the bedbugs bite. Sleep's beneficial effects on childhood cognitive develpment.