Prof.dr. Henning Tiemeier of the Child Psychiatry Department of Erasmus MC has been awarded a Vici grant by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his research on adolescent depression. He will receive one and half million euros to develop his own innovative research line for the next five years and build up their own research group. Vici is one of the largest grants for individual scientists in the Netherlands and is part of NWO's Talent Scheme.
Tiemeiers research is about how we shape our children’s brain, from early life adversity to adolescent depression. Many children experience adversities such as harsh parenting, neglect, or bullying. The researchers follow more than 4,000 children from fetal life forward to examine if negative experiences change brain development and whether this leads to adolescent depression. The researchers also test which supportive factors buffer adversities.
This year 235 researchers submitted a pre-proposal for a Vici grant, from which 138 researchers submitted a full proposal. 60 of these researchers were invited to explain their proposals in front of an evaluation committee. Based on recommendations by international and national scientists, 34 proposals were ultimately selected for funding. This comes down to an award rate of 14.5%.