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 17 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

Winnubst, J., Cheyne, J.E., Niculescu, D., and Lohmann, C. Spontaneous activity drives local synaptic plasticity in vivo. Neuron 87 (2015) 399-410. [abstract]


Cerliani, L., Mennes, M., Thomas, R.M., Di Martino, A., Thioux, M., and Keysers, C. Increased functional connectivity between subcortical and cortical resting-state networks in autism spectrum disorder. JAMA Psychiatry, in press. [abstract]


Self, M.W. and Roelfsema, P.R. Scene perception in early vision: Figure-ground organization in the lateral geniculate nucleus. PNAS 112 (2015) 6784-6785. [abstract]


Hamada, M., and Kole, M.H. Myelin loss and axonal ion channel adaptations associated with gray matter neuronal hyperexcitability. Journal of Neuroscience 35 (2015) 7272-7286. [abstract]


Ahmadlou, M., and Heimel, J.A. Preference for concentric orientations in the mouse superior colliculus. Nature Communications 6 (2015) 6773. [pdf]


Hoogland, T.M., De Gruijl, J.R., Witter, L., Canto, C.B., and De Zeeuw, C.I. Role of synchronous activation of cerebellar Purkinje cell ensembles in multi-joint movement control. Current Biology 25 (2015) 1157-1165. [abstract]


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. [abstract]


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 25 (2015) 713-721. [abstract]


Kamermans, M. Change the neural code, change the message. Nature Neuroscience 18 (2015) 4-6. [abstract]


Shan, L., Bao, A.M., and Swaab, D.F. The human histaminergic system in neuropsychiatric disorders. Trends in Neurosciences 38 (2015) 167-177. [abstract]


More publications




30 August 2015

Damiaan Denys in Zomergasten (VPRO television)
17 July 2015

Jasper Poort received a VENI grant for the project: Visual perception during navigation.

20 May 2015

Eus van Someren received an ERC Advanced Grant. Read more.

18 May 2015

Ingo Willuhn received a VIDI grant for the project: Flexible dopamine and rigid behavior.


Valeria Gazzola received a VIDI grant for the project: Is empathy useful?

27 March 2015

HRH King Willem-Alexander paid a working visit to the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience [news]

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.

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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28 August 2015, 14:00 h. Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam


Brain Day [program]


29/8 - 2/9 RAI Amsterdam


28th ECNP Congress [program]
19 September 2015, 19:30-02.00 h, Leiden


De Nacht van Kunst & Kennis [program]
2 October 2015, 11:45 h, Aula VU


Elizabeth Moloney will defend her thesis entitled: Semaphorin 3A in injury and disease: its role at the neuromuscular junction.


Joost Verhaagen, supervisor. Fred de Winter, co-supervisor.