Marloes Henckens



  • 11-10-2018: Marloes Henckens receives the Open Research Area grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) together with Prof. Benno Roozendaal and Dr. Erno Hermans at the Donders Institute and Prof. Oliver Wolf at the Ruhr-University Bochum. In a 1 million euro translational research project this team of researchers aims to investigate how stress hormones alter the course and quality of long-term memories. Please read more on the project here.    
  • 11-10-2018: PhD student Bart Dirven gives a presentation at the Donders Discussions in a symposium that discusses the wide range of approaches used to studying stress and stress-related disorders. Please read the abstract of his talk here.
  • September 2018: Research interns Rebecca van Rijn and Riv Maas join the group to support Marloes Henckens and Bart Dirven in their research.
  • 24-09-2018: Marloes Henckens gave an invited lecture at the Neurocentre Magendie, INSERM in Bordeaux, on special invitation of Dr. Aline Desmedt.
  • 01-09-2018: Kari Bosch starts as a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Judith Homberg. Marloes Henckens will be co-supervising her in her 4-year project investigating whether antidepressant efficacy can be enhanced by exposure to a positive environment, and which neural correlates mediate these effects.  
  • 01-09-2018: Dewi van der Geugten offcially joins the group as a PhD student! For the next 4 years, she will investigate the extended amygdala circuitry and its role in fear generalization and anxiety. 
  • 23-08-2018: Marloes Henckens gave an invited lecture in the symposium 'Dopamine, stress and their interplay in brain development', at the Sociedade Brasileira de Neurociências e Comportamento - SBNeC Meeting 2018, in Santos Brazil. Co-speakers were her host Dr. Bruno Rezende de Souza and Gregg Standwood. 
  • 07-11/07/2018: Research assistant Dewi van der Geugten and Marloes Henckens attended the FENS Forum 2018 in Berlin. Dewi presented her poster 'TRAPPING TRAUMATIC MEMORIES; Trauma encoding- and retrieval-induced neural activity reflecting susceptibility to posttraumatic stress disorder', which was well received.
  • July 2018: Marloes Henckens received a FENS-IBRO Travel grant to attend the FENS Forum 2018 in Berlin and was selected for the Young Investigator Training Programme (YITP) to spend 2 weeks in the lab of Dr. Ferah Yildirim, expert in the field of neuroepigenetics.  
  • 07/06/2018: PhD student Bart Dirven presents his work at the Dutch Neuroscience Meeting 2018 in Lunteren. His talk 'The memory engram for trauma and its implications for vulnerability to PTSD' is part of the symposium 'Stress modulation of memory accuracy vs generalization' hosted by Marloes Henckens and Dr. Tom Smeets. Read here more details. 
  • 25/04/2018: Research assistant Dewi van der Geugten received the prestigious Radboudumc Toptalent grant! In the fall of 2018, she will start her PhD project in our lab focussing on the neural correlates of fear (over)generalization. She aims to dissect the amygdala circuits that are recruited in case of  generalized (compared to specific) fear, to ultimately intervene in these to keep the fear response specific and reduced overall anxiety. The project will be a collaboration with the lab of Prof. Hans van Bokhoven (Dep. Human Genetics) at the Radboudumc.
  • 11/04/2018: Marloes Henckens lectures at the  yearly conference for the Dutch Society for Psychiatry (NVvP) in Maastricht on how she uses animal models to study stress-related psychopathology.  The lecture is part of the symposium 'Stressgerelateerde translationele psychiatrie: van muis tot gezonde proefpersoon en patiënt', which perfectly fits the topic of this year's meeting; Translational challenges in Psychiatry. Read more on the conference. 
  • 05/04/2018: Marloes Henckens participates in the annual Brain Awareness Week, giving lectures at the Stedelijk Gymnasium Arnhem on how stress influences brain function. Read more about the Brain Awareness Week  here
  • 01/01/2018: Marloes Henckens is officially appointed 'junior principal investigator' (equivalent of assistent professor) at the Radboudumc.  


  • 22/12/2017: Marloes Henckens' manuscript 'CRF receptor type 2 neurons in the posterior bed nucleus of the stria terminalis critically contribute to stress recovery' is published in Molecular Psychiatry (abstract). 
  • 21/12/2017: Research intern Dewi van der Geugten wins the Poster Prize at the annual poster session of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. Read about it here
  • 09/12/2017: Pieter Schipper's manuscript 'Acute inescapable stress alleviates fear extinction recall deficits caused by serotonin transporter abolishment' is published in Behavioural Brain Research (abstract).
  • 15/11/2017: Sevgi Bahtiyar - recipient of the prestigious Donders Toptalent PhD grant - joins our research group and starts a joint research project with the lab of Prof. Benno Roozendaal investigating the effects of glucocorticoids on memory accuracy and systems consolidation processes in the brain.
  • 10/11/2017: Marloes Henckens participates in InScience, a Dutch International Film Festival for scientific movies, organized by the LUX and Radboud University/Radboudumc, Nijmegen. She is invited to discuss the science behind emotions to kindergarten classes, following the broadcast of the Disney movie 'Inside Out'. Find more information on this broadcast and the program of InScience here
  • 19/10/2017: Marloes Henckens and Erno Hermans host the Donders Session 'Forever lost in translation?', dealing to explore the usability of animal models in studying the mechanistic underpinnings of human psychopathologies characterized by higher-order cognitive dysfunction. Please find further details here
  • 20/10/2017: Pieter Schipper successfully defends his PhD thesis entitled: 'Smart coping: serotonin transporter gene variation and environment interact in determining the behavioral adaptation to stress (abstract). A mini symposium is organized just prior to the defense hosting the corona members. Please find the full program and details here.  
  • 15/10/2017: PhD student Maxime Houtekamer extends our research team with a joint project with Dr. Marijn Kroes and Dr. Judith Homberg, working on the neural signature of emotional memory reconsolidation across different memory systems. 
  • 26/09/2017: Marloes Henckens is guest speaker at the Science Café Eindhoven (in Boekhandel van Piere), in a session on 'Stress', organized by Studium Generale of the Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e). Read more here
  • 19-20/08/2017: Marloes Henckens joins a team of Radboudumc researchers to the Lowlands Musical Festival in Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands, to conduct an experiment into stage fright among the visitors. Read more here (in Dutch). 
  • 30/05/2017: Pieter Schipper's manuscript 'Prior fear conditioning does not impede enhanced active avoidance in serotonin transporter knockout rats' is published in Behavioural Brain Research (abstract).
  • 19/04/2017: Miranda van Bodegom's first manuscript 'Modulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis by early life stress exposure' is published in a special issue on stress in Frontiers of Cellular Neuroscience (abstract).
  • 11/04/2017: Bart Dirven's first manuscript 'Epigenetic programming of the neuroendocrine stress response by adult life stress' is published online in the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology (abstract). 
  • 11/04/2017: Marloes Henckens gives a lecture at the biannual meeting of the British Neuroscience Association, in Birmingham, UK, in the symposium 'Imaging the emotional brain: fMRI studies in rodents and man' (abstract).
  • 20/02/2017: Marloes Henckens participates in a debat on "Vette Stress" during a 'knowledge café' session organized by the KNAW, NEMO Science Museum, de Volkskrant and Café De Balie, Amsterdam. Read more here
  • 14-15/03/2017: Marloes Henckens participates in the annual Brain Awareness Week, giving lectures at the Stedelijk Gymnasium Nijmegen on how stress influences brain function. Read more about the Brain Awareness Week here