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Laura  Nawijn

Laura Nawijn is working as a researcher at the Department of Psychiatry, VU university Medical Center. She is interested in the neurobiology of psychopathology, with a specific interest in fear and reward-processing in depression and anxiety, and the effects of trauma and stress. In her work she mainly uses neuroimaging data, but also combines imaging with (epi)genetics, endocrine and behavioral measures. In her current research project she investigates neural reactivity and connectivity as potential biomarkers for depression phenotypes and the course of depression, using the imaging sample of the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA).  

Laura obtained a Bachelor in Biological Psychology and a Master in Neuroscience at the VU university in Amsterdam. During her degree she did neuroimaging work at Cambridge University, UK, and worked at the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR) at the VU university. After her studies she worked as a researcher in Public Health and Youth Healthcare at TNO, Leiden. Laura did her PhD at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, where she investigated the effects of the hormone oxytocin on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During her PhD she worked at Columbia University Medical Center in New York as a visiting scholar to investigate gene by environment interactions in PTSD. Also, she is involved in the PTSD working groups of the Psychiatric Genomics Consotrium (PGC) and the imaging genetics consortium (ENIGMA).