Blogs and news

5 December 2016 | Lizanne Schweren | NEWS: Veel media-aandacht voor ‘Stimulants and the Developing Brain’
Mijn telefoon stond vandaag roodgloeiend! Erg leuk dat er zoveel aandacht is voor mijn proefschrift. Onder anderen de NOS, het AD, het RTL Nieuws en schreven erover, en ik heb radio interviews gegeven voor Radio 1, RTV Noord en BNR Nieuwsradio.

3 December 2016 | Lizanne Schweren | NEWS: (Waitlist) spots available for symposium “ADHD and the developing brain”
A limited number of last-minute spots for our symposium “ADHD and the developing brain” (Tuesday 13 December 2016, UMCG Groningen) have become available. Speakers include Dr. Philip Shaw (National Institute of Health, USA), Prof. Katya Rubia (King’s College London, UK), and Prof. Barbara Franke (Radboud UMC Nijmegen, the Netherlands). The scientific programme is available here. The symposium is free of charge. For more information and registration, click here.

9 October 2016 | Lizanne Schweren | BLOG: A Data Rescue Mission
On a quest to recover old hard-copy questionnaire data, I visited one of the University’s storage sites: Lord’s Bridge. Originally built as a military depot for filling mustard gas bombs in WWII, Lord’s Bridge turned out to be a fascinating place… continue reading

1 October 2016 | Lizanne Schweren | NEWS: My thesis is now available online
Does stimulant treatment have a long-term effect on brain development in youth with ADHD? If so, how do such effects come about, and do they cause behavioural changes as well? Can we relate the effect of stimulant treatment to brain changes caused by the use of cocaine and/or amphetamines? In my thesis, now available online, I provide answers to these questions based on my research.
My complete thesis and a Dutch summary can be found here

22 September 2016 | Lizanne Schweren | NEWS
My latest paper, “Age and DRD4 genotype moderate associations between stimulant treatment history and cortex structure in ADHD”, has appeared in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry!
We found that children/adolescents with ADHD who carry the DRD4 7R allele may be sensitive to cortical remodelling after stimulant treatment at young age. Although effect sizes are small, this finding might ultimately contribute to optimal care for those affected by ADHD.
The full article can be found here

18 September 2016 | Lizanne Schweren | BLOG: Neuroscientist | Violinmaker
At the age of four, I decided I’d grow up to be a neuroscientist. Twenty years later, I chose a strikingly different path. How life events and fortunate coincidences may shape your future… continue reading

20 June 2016 | Lizanne Schweren | BLOG: Evidence-based medicine
Evidence-based medicine means that, as a patient, you may expect your doctor to recommend the treatment that has proven most effective and safe for patients like you. So what if there is very little evidence to rely on? In our study of 2014, we investigated the off-label prescription of stimulants and antipsychotics for the treatment of ADHD… continue reading

11 June 2016 | Lizanne Schweren | BLOG: Decision in progress
Personally, I do quick-and-dirty decision-making. You won’t find me tiptoeing in a dressing room, trying to decide whether or not to buy that pretty-but-slightly-expensive dress. I see, I think, I decide, full stop. I would just rather be wrong than wasting my time on decision-making. This is probably why I am quite unlikely to ever become editor of a scientific journal… continue reading