Principal investigators

Pilar Martinez-Martinez, Ph.D., PI, is trained in molecular biology, biochemistry and neuroimmunology. She is Professor of 'Neuroinflammation in neuropsychiatric disorders at the department of Psychiatry and Psychology Division Neuroscience at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. She is the PI of several European grants examining neuroinflammation with special focus in neurodegenerative diseases and its relationship with the sphingolipid metabolism. Specifically, she has studied CERT and developed the technology to measure and to modulate CERT expression levels. Additionally she has long lasting expertise in translational neurosciences, and her research focus on understanding the molecular pathogenic mechanisms and uses new therapeutic approaches in animal models with peripheral nervous system and central nervous system disease.

Mario Losen, Ph.D., PI, is trained in molecular biology, biochemistry and neuroimmunology. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology Division Neuroscience at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. He has been awarded numerous competitive grants: a VENI (NWO), a fellowship from the Hersenstichting and a PBF grant and has conducted several investigator initiated grants from industry. He is PI in the Research Group Nervous System Neuroinflammation and Autoimmunity.
Peter Molenaar, PhD, is senior scientist at the department of Psychiatry and Psychology Division Neuroscience at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. He is trained as a pharmacologist and he has a special interest in diseases with dysfunctional neuronal ion channels (channelopathies). As an associate professor he was formerly heading a neuromuscular research group at the Leiden University Medical Centre.


Collaborators:
Jim van Os, M.D., professor of psychiatry
http://www.ggznieuws.nl/home/jim-van-os-schizofrenie-bestaat-niet/ 
https://www.mumc.nl/actueel/nieuws/prof-jim-van-os-british-medical-journal-schizofrenie-bestaat-niet

Thérèse van Amelsvoort, M.D.,  professor of psychiatry
https://mumc.maastrichtuniversity.nl/profile/t.vanamelsvoort
http://www.nji.nl/nl/Download-NJi/Interview-Therese-van-Amelsvoort-bijzonder-hoogleraar-Transitiepsychiatrie.pdf

Advisors:
Prof. Marc de Baets, professor emeritus
Prof. Wim Buurman, PhD, professor emeritus