Works as a professor of Translational Neuroradiology at the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam

Liesbeth Reneman

1. Research focus and ambition:
Application of non-invasive molecular neuroimaging techniques to advance Translational Neuroradiology in the broadest sense of the word (translations from structure to function, from invasive-to non-invasive, from animal to human, from group to individual and from adults to children). This unique and very innovative line of research provides insight into the risks of benefit and harm (evidence based medicine) of psychotropic drugs and medicines on the brain (in development) and its application in personalized medicine and psychoradiology. For instance, currently we are predicting the treatment response to antidepressant drugs and ADHD medications using brain MRI features.

2. Research performance:

  • 179 peer reviewed publications. Hirsch index of 35 and ‘scientific age’ of 15 years.
  • Various honors and awards, including: nomination for the Peter Moleman award (2018), 2nd prize Best PhD thesis AMC Award (to A. Schrantee in my group, 2017), ISMRM lecture and poster awards (2008-2017), PhD thesis cum laude (2001), Science Trophy (Hersenstichting Nederland 2001), Marie-Curie award (Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2000), Fullbright OiO Grant (2000).
  • > 50 invited international lectures and expert meetings (Ministry of Justice, NIDA, Advisory Council of the Misuse of Drugs).
  • Member Editorial Psychoradiology (Oxford academic).

3. Research coordination

  • Coordinator of the ‘Translational Neuroradiology’ group, a multidisciplinary (psychiatry, neuropharmacology, neurology and basic neuroscience) translational line of research in close collaboration with UvA research priority program Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC).
  • The ‘Translational Neuroradiology’ group currently consists of 8 investigators (6 PhD students, and 2 post docs).
  • (co-)Promotor of 10 completed PhD theses, and of another 6 PhD students scheduled until 2026.
  • Coordinator of several high impact grants in which psychoradiology is the working method of choice, including an EU FP6 project from ERA-NET PrioMedChild, a TOP grant, and 2 Eurostars grants.
  • Programme leader of the Brain Imaging research programme within Neuroscience Amsterdam research organization, together with D. Veltman (VUmc).

4. Fund raising

  • Totals over 8 million€ since 2008, including: VENI (2008), AMC Fellowhsip (2008), KWF (2010 and 2013), FP6 ERA-NET PrioMedChild coordination (2011), TOP grant (2012), abc (2015) and Amsterdam Neuroscience (2016, 2017), Hartstichting (2017), Innovation (2018, 2019, 2020), KiddyGoodPills (2020) and two Eurostars (2019, 2021) grants.

5. Teaching performance

  • Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO) certified 2013.
  • Co-founder (2011) and daily manager of the Brain Imaging Center (BIC) at the AMC, involving guidance to and exchange between the educational activities of 90 PhD students and post docs in the disciplines of Psychiatry, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Neurology.
  • Supervision of Bachelor and Master students (on average 5 per year).

6. International cooperation and contacts

  • Worked as a post doctoral research fellow for more than 3 years at top universities and laboratories abroad (UCLA, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Imperial College).
  • Important ongoing international collaborations (e.g., Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, King’s College, Oslo University), resulting in exchange of PhD students, joint publications and international grants.
  • Public –private partnerships with several international companies, including AI based image-processing with NIL (Norway), as well as pharmaceutical company Synendos (Switzerland).