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Als PhD of postdoc voer je een breed scala aan werkzaamheden uit. Je verricht toegepast onderzoek naar de effecten van de introductie van een Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMHP) in de geboortezorg. Je werkt samen met collega’s en externe partners aan de opbouw en uitvoering van dit project. Ga jij deze uitdaging met ons aan? Onze verwachting…

Last baby visit of the SMILEY study

For the past two years we have been very busy with our data collection for the SMILEY project, in which we study perinatal factors of children’s development. This project consist of multiple online questionnaires, but also two visits to the lab: one during pregnancy and one postnatal visit when the babies are around 7 weeks…

SKIPPY study in the news!

It has long been known that skin-to-skin contact with your baby facilitates bonding, regulates the baby’s body temperature, and brings more peace and less stress for mother and child. Our PhD student Kelly Cooijmans has now shown in her research that daily skin-to-skin contact can also increase breastfeeding duration during the first year of life….

Welcome to the wonderland of the gut microbiota

Yangwenshan Ou, a PhD candidate in our lab group and Microbiology group at Wageningen University and Research, has been focused on the association of behavioral problems with the gut microbial composition in children. Multiple psychiatric disorders, such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and autism spectrum disorder, have been observed with perturbations in the gut…

Online colloquium at the University of North Carolina

Carolina de Weerth was invited to give an online colloquium on 29th October to faculty and students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USA). The talk was called ‘Early life: stress, gut bacteria, and mother milk’. The public was interested and asked excellent questions! After the talk, she spent some time talking to the…

End of the NinO study

In the Spring of 2020 we started planning the NinO studie, with the aim of studying the role of contact and proximity during infants’ first months in Dutch daycare centres. We discussed our protocol extensively with different daycare providers and professionals, created materials for parents and teachers, obtained ethical approval, and carried out pilot tests….

The effects of the COVID‑19 lockdown on pregnant women

Twice as many pregnant women experienced clinical levels of anxiety and depression during the first COVID-19 lockdown in the Netherlands compared to earlier years. The women experienced many worries about the new and unknown virus, diminished social contacts and loss of work and income. Support systems, especially healthcare support is one of the most important…

Conference Stay in Touch: A Lifetime of Intimacy

On the 5th of October, Dr. Stefania Vacaru was invited to give a lecture in Amsterdam about early child social relations. The conference’s theme was Intimacy throughout the lifespan, and Stefania started with the first talk of the day to explain how children form relations in the first years of life starting from attachment relationships…

We’re looking for a student assistant!

Research focusThe Developmental Psychobiology Lab, led by Prof. Dr. Carolina de Weerth, investigates how early life – specifically pregnancy and the early postnatal years – influences development throughout the lifespan. Research in the DPB lab focuses on: the influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioral development, the development of the physiological…

Summer School 2021

From 12 July – 16 July, members of the DPB lab successfully led the 4th edition of the Radboud Summer School course entitled: “Early programming: How early life shapes human development”. In its first online year, we were pleased to have 30 students from 18 countries join us for a series of interactive presentations, group activities, and stimulating discussions. Carolina…