University Medical Center Groningen
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Hanzeplein 1, XA-10
9713 GZ Groningen,


Project leader

Prof. Pieter Hoekstra

Project staff

Dr. Andrea Dietrich


Hyun Ruisch
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Institute presentation

The UMCG is a leading Dutch institute for medical research. The UMCG Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is specialised in top-level clinical care and research in neurobehavioural disorders, with a focus on ADHD, ODD, CD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The research is embedded in an interdisciplinary research institute, the Graduate School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences. The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry clinical service has access to over 2000 new child and adolescent patients per year and has a dedicated ADHD and externalising behaviour clinic.
The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the UMCG has been involved in a number of collaborative studies including investigator-initiated medication trials in children with behavioural problems (e.g. Troost et al., 2005; and Harfterkamp et al., 2012); studies investigating the effectiveness of parent management training for children with behavior problems (van den Hoofdakker et al, 2012); is one of the three participant in the Dutch multicentre longitudinal study Neuroimage, involving neuroimaging and genetics of children with ADHD (www.neuroimage.nl); is European coordinator of an NIMH sponsored collaborative R01 project on the genetics of Tourette syndrome (TIC Genetics). The UMCG also has ample expertise in FP7 Cooperative Projects, including currently ongoing EMTICS, STOP, TS EUROTRAIN and PERS projects. The former Head of the Groningen Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Centre (Ruud B. Minderaa) has been initiator and coordinator of the national Knowledge Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, started as a network of all Dutch academic centres and a number of regional centres, which has now extended to most European countries, offering excellent opportunities for knowledge dissemination across Europe.

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