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University Medical Center Groningen

prof. dr. J.A. (Johan) den Boer

Professor of Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience
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Prof.dr. J.A. den Boer

University Center Psychiatry

Internal code: CC64

University Medical CenterGroningen

P.O. Box 30.001

9700 RB Groningen

The Netherlands


Johan A. den Boer is professor of biological psychiatry at the department of psychiatry of the State University Groningen. In 1989 he was the recipient of the Scientific Award from the Dutch Society of Psychiatry: the “Ramaer medaille”, for outstanding scientific research on the biological determinants of anxiety disorders.

In 1996 he became a member of the Board of Directors of the Graduate School for Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN) at the University of Groningen. In addition to clinical neuroscientific studies in which neuroimaging plays an important role, he is involved in preclinical research into gender differences and molecular biological consequences of stress. He has published in clinical, psychiatric, neuroscientific as well as preclinical scientific journals. He is Distinguished Fellow of the International Society of Affective Disorders (ISAD), and was appointed President of the Interdisciplinary Society of Biological psychiatry from 1992-1997. He is a member of several international scientific organisations, and serves in the editorial board of several neuroscientific journals.

He is the Editor-in-chief of the Wiley Series on ‘Clinical and Neurobiological Advances in Psychiatry’ of which the first five volumes have been published. He is the Editor of the ‘Handbook of Depression and Anxiety’ (Marcel Dekker Inc., New York, 1994, 2003) and ‘Clinical Management of anxiety’ (Marcel Dekker Inc., New York, 1996), and Co-Editor (with H.D’Haenen and P. Willner) of the Textbook of Biological Psychiatry (Wiley, 2002).

His interdisciplinary interest is reflected in his recent books Neurophilosophy; brain, consciousness and free will (2003, in Dutch) and Foundational problems of psychiatry (first editor) (2008).

In 2006 he was the recipient of the David Caul Award from the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD) for the best published paper in the field of dissociation.

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