• de Boelelaan 1108, O|2 - 13W09

    1081HZ Amsterdam

    Netherlands

20122019
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Personal profile

Research interests

As a clinical neuroscientist my focus lies on studying the pathophysiology of brain disorders and to study the efficacy of new non-pharmacological treatments. I use various neuroimaging techniques such as SPECT and structural and functional MRI to investigate the pathophysiology of brain disorders. A major theme of my research is the investigation of the neural correlates of non-motor symptoms (e.g. depression and cognitive impairments) in Parkinson’s disease. I have also been involved in a clinical trial on the efficacy of bright light therapy for depression in Parkinson disease, and am currently the PI on a study on the efficacy of cognitive training for Parkinson’s disease (COGTIPS). I’m also involved as MRI expert in an international study on the brain correlates of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OBS), population-based studies on the factors that influence the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (using Generation R data) and in clinical trials on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TIPICCO) and cognitive behavioral therapy (ArrIBA) for obsessive-compulsive disorder and cognitive behavioral therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PROSPER) where pre- and post-intervention MRI are acquired to study the working mechanism of the treatment and predict outcome. Apart from supervising the PhD students on these various trials, my goal for the coming years is to explain and predict the successful outcome of these non-pharmacological treatments across brain disorders and treatments.

Specialisation

Brain Disorders

- Parkinson's disease

- Obsessive-compulsive disorder

- Post-traumatic stress disorder

 Neuroimaging techniques

- Structural T1-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

- functional MRI (fMRI)

- Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI)

- Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)

- (functional) Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)

Neuromaging analysis

- task-based fMRI analysis

- Morphometry and structural covariance analysis

- network analysis of DWI and fMRI (static and dynamic networks)

- dopamine transporter availability analysis based on SPECT

Education/Academic qualification

Master, VU University

External positions

senior researcher (posted worker), Sinaï center

1 Jul 2017 → …

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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 30 Article
  • 5 Meeting Abstract
  • 3 Research VU University Amsterdam, graduation VU University Amsterdam
  • 1 Review article

Reduced Dopamine Transporter Binding Predates Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson's Disease

Vriend, C., Nordbeck, A. H., Booij, J., van der Werf, Y. D., Pattij, T., Voorn, P., Raijmakers, P., Foncke, E. M. J., van der Giessen, E., Berendse, H. W. & van den Heuvel, O. A., 2014, In : Movement Disorders. 29, 7, p. 904-911

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2014 2017

  • 1 Membership of board
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

University of Pennsylvania

Chris Vriend (Visiting researcher)
Apr 2017Jun 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Parelsnoer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (External organisation)

Chris Vriend (Member)
2014 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

Press / Media

“Aandacht voor denkvermogen en emotioneel welzijn bij Parkinson” (cogtips)

Chris Vriend

01/11/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Hersenonderzoek.nl

Chris Vriend

11/04/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

toekenning beurs Hersenstichting

Chris Vriend

06/04/2018

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

“Hoe vertraag je de achteruitgang van het denkvermogen”

Chris Vriend, Tim van Balkom & Odile van den Heuvel

01/03/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Prizes