A selection of projects prof. Penninx is involved in:

  • Scientific Director of the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA): 
  • Phenomics 2.0: proof of principle for Major Depressive Disorder (principal investigator). Joined project with department of Biological Psychiatry VU (NTR). Post-doc: Mariska Bot. Funding: BBMRI-NL: Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure.
  • Understanding the heterogeneity of Major Depression (Hetodep) (principal investigator). Post-doc: Femke Lamers. Funding: European Commission (FP-7 Marie Curie program).
  • Epigenetics of Major Depressive Disorder (co-applicant). Funding: NIMH
  • Genetics and lifestyle origines of Inflammation in Depression (GLOID) (principal investigator). Post-doc: Sarah Hiles. Funding: European Commission (Horizon2020 program). 
  • MOod Treatment with Antidepressants or Running (MOTAR):,
  • Nutrition intervention study (MooDFOOD):
  • Vitamine D suppletion study (D-vitaal study):
  • RADAR-CNS: Remote Assessment of disease and relapse in central nervous system disorder (EU-IMI2)
  • PRISM: Psychiatric Ratings using Intermediate Stratified Markers, focussing on social withdrawal (EU-IMI2)

Watch Brenda Penninx explain her research about the possible link between depression and biological ageing: