Matthijs Verhage

The Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR)is a multidisciplinary center established in 2001 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. At the center geneticists, neurobiologists, psychiatrists, neurologists and psychologists from different departments work together with the aim to contribute to the development of a new integrative neural science, rooted in molecular biology and genetics and extending all the way to behavior and cognition in health and disease.

The center generates integrated research programs from gene to behavior, each combining mouse and human studies. The first program on attention and attention disorders has recently started. A second program, on anxiety and depression will start later this year (2004). The center focusses entirely on two organisms, humans and (mutant) mice and combines forward genetics (phenotype to genotype) in both organisms with reverse genetics (the opposite) in mutant mice.