dr. I.B. (Iris) Hovens

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An estimated ten percent of the elderly surgical patients develops long-lasting postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) , with serious consequences for their quality of life, dependency on social services and prognosis. In patientstudies and experimental studies in an animal model we investigate the underlying mechanisms, in particular the involvement of neuroinflammation, of surgery-induced impairment of specific brain regions and cognitive functions. Additionaly, we research potential (preventive) therapies for POCD. 

  1. Brain [11C]PK11195 and [18F]FDG PET imaging in a rat model of postoperative cognitive dysfunction

    Kurtys, E., Hovens, I., Cristiano Real, C., Kopschina Feltes, P., Vállez García, D., Eisel, U., Schoemaker, R., Verkuyl, J. M., Broersen, L. M., Klein, H., Dierckx, R., Doorduin, J. & de Vries, E. F. J., 6-Oct-2017, In : European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. 44, Suppl 2, p. S318 OP-555.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting AbstractAcademic

  2. Postoperative cognitive dysfunction and neuroinflammation; Cardiac surgery and abdominal surgery are not the same

    Hovens, I. B., van Leeuwen, B. L., Mariani, M. A., Kraneveld, A. D. & Schoemaker, R. G., May-2016, In : Brain behavior and immunity. 54, p. 178-193 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. Differences in the association between behavior and neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin in male and female rats after coronary artery ligation

    Gouweleeuw, L., Hovens, I. B., Liu, H., Naude, P. J. W. & Schoemaker, R., 1-Sep-2016, In : Physiology & Behavior. 163, p. 7-16 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. Characterizing postoperative cognitive dysfunction in the elderly

    Hovens, I. B., 2015, [Groningen]: University of Groningen. 259 p.

    Research output: ThesisThesis fully internal (DIV)Academic

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  1. Best Oral Presentation Award

    Iris Hovens (Recipient), 5-Apr-2014


  2. Gerard Boer Poster Prize

    Iris Hovens (Recipient), 31-May-2013


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  1. BCN "Amazing Brain"

    Iris Hovens (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationProfessional

  2. Brain Awareness Week

    Iris Hovens (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationProfessional

  3. 12th Dutch Endo-Neuro-Psycho Meeting

    Iris Hovens (Participant)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conferenceAcademic

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