Prof.B.Franke(Barbara)

Barbara Franke is a Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and a Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. As a molecular biologist and geneticist, her research is focused on understanding the genetic contribution to (neurodevelopmental) psychiatric disorders, especially ADHD. In addition to gene-identification approaches involving common and rare genetic variation, she uses bioinformatics, imaging genetics, and small animal models to map biological pathways leading from gene to disease. She coordinates two EU-funded interdisciplinary consortia on ADHD and related traits, Aggressotype (www.aggressotype.eu) and MiND (www.mind-project.eu). She also chairs the Cognomics Initiative (www.cognomics.nl) on gene-brain-behaviour pathways, and is a co-founder and co-leader of the large international ENIGMA Consortium on brain imaging genetics. Barbara Franke has published over 290 papers, her current H-factor is 61. She has received several prizes and awards, including Aspasia and Vici awards from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and the Radboud Hermesdorfprize International 2013. For a full CV, please see http://www.ru.nl/people/donders/franke-b/.