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Dr Barbara Franke
Barbara Franke is a Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at the Radboud University Medical Center and a Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
After finishing her studies in Biology in Giessen (Germany) and Utrecht (The Netherlands), she obtained her PhD in molecular signal transduction from Utrecht University in 1999. For postdoctoral studies, she subsequently moved to Nijmegen, where she was appointed at the departments of Human Genetics and Psychiatry.
In 2012, she became a full professor. As a molecular biologist and geneticist, her research is focused on understanding the genetic contribution to (neurodevelopmental) psychiatric disorders. In addition to gene-identification approaches involving common and rare genetic variation, she uses bioinformatics, neuroimaging genetics, and fruit fly models to map the biological pathways leading from gene to disease.
It is her goal to make genetic information useful for improving the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Barbara Franke leads the EU FP7-funded Aggressotype project as well as EU Horizon 2020 International Training Network MiND project. In addition, she leads work packages in the EU-funded projects TACTICS, IMAGEMEND, CoCA, and Eat2beNICE.
All of those projects investigate the biology underlying ADHD and its comorbidities. Prof. Franke is a member of Academia Europaea and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. For more information see