The Summer Course on Fear, Anxiety, Obsessions & Trauma will take place from 27 June – 2 July 2021 in Villa Finaly, Florence.

Application deadline: 15 May 2021.

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The Summer Course on Mood, Aggression & Attraction will take place from  30 June – 5 July 2019 in Villa Finaly, Florence. Please click here for the programme:  Flyer Summer Course Mood 2019

The Summer Course on Mood aims at an in-depth analysis of the latest developments in the field of depressive and bipolar pathology, including phenomena that are related to Mood such as aggression and addictions.
It is aimed at young scientists and clinicians with a background in psychology, medicine, neuroscience, behavioural sciences, or a related discipline, who want to enhance their expertise in affective disorders..

Special Lectures
In addition to the introductory lectures the course includes guest Lectures to broaden the horizon of our students beyond our regular teaching programme.

For now we are very happy to welcome the following lecturers to this year’s course (the other lectures and all respective abstracts will follow shortly):

“Neurofeedback for self-regulation of emotion and motivation networks – applications in depression and addiction”
D. Linden (Maastricht University)
David Linden obtained a DPhil from the University of Oxford for his work on medical ethics in antiquity in 2000 and a Dr. med. in neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in 1999. He trained in psychiatry at Frankfurt University and has a special interest in clinical neuropsychiatry and neurodevelopmental genetic syndromes. From 2011 until 2017 he was Professor of Translational Neuroscience at Cardiff University and Head of the Neuroimaging theme group of the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics. In 2017 he started in his new role as scientific director of the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Science, Maastricht University.  In his research he applies structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neurophysiological techniques and genetics in order to understand the function of the brain in health and disease. Current research interests include functional imaging of psychopathology, neural substrates of social cognition and decision making, genetic imaging, treatment and training effects on the brain, and neurofeedback.

“rTMS in addiction”
C. Baeken (Ghent University)
Chris Beaten is a full time associate professor at the University hospital of the Ghent University and a part-time associate professor affiliated with the University hospital of the Free University of Brussels, both in Belgium. As a psychiatrist, his main interests are within the neurobiological field of Affective Disorders. To gain more insight in the underlying mechanisms of emotional brain processes in the ‘healthy’ as well as in the ‘mentally affected’ human brain, brain-imaging paradigms (MRI, fMRI, (S)PET,….) are used with or without the combination of neuromodulation techniques, such as rTMS and tDCS. His scientific contributions to clinical neuroscience is shown by over 200 peer-refereed scientific publications, mainly on clinical treatment, brain stimulation and neurobiology. His work has received very high international recognition from peers as can be judged from over 3000 citations to his work and an H-index of 32 (Google Scholar).

“The dynamic nature of food reward processing in the brain”
A. Roefs (Maastricht University)
Anne Roefs is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience of Abnormal eating at Maastricht University. She leads the ‘psychology of eating lab’ – a group of driven researchers (~20 members) who study the psychology of eating disorders and obesity ( She is an expert in (neuro)cognitive processes (attention, implicit cognition, reward and control processes in the brain), and her research aims at understanding cognitive and neural processes in (ab)normal eating behavior. She received an NWO VIDI grant (2016)for her project “Mindset matters: how mindset, body weight, and dietary restraint influence neural representations of food.” She has published 92 articles in international journals. Her work has been cited >5.000 times, and her H-index (Google Scholar) is 40.

Dissertation Defences
On Wednesday afternoon our graduation candidates come to the course to defend their Master’s dissertations. Each will give a short presentation on the results of their project, followed by a discussion with the professors who will ask them critical questions about their work. The day ends with the official graduation ceremony for the candidates who pass the defence.

Oral presentations
During the week the senior students will give an oral presentation on the preliminary results of their research projects. The workshop on presentation skills on Monday is intended to help the students prepare for their talk. The first year students will work on constructing an argument and structuring their talk, while the senior students will rehearse their presentations to get constructive feedback.

Screening of Protocols (SoP) Workshops
The SoP workshops are organised for the first year students of the Master only, to help them set up their research project. The students discuss their ideas with the professors, who will determine feasibility of their project and give feedback where necessary. After the SoPs all students will be assigned to a supervisor and can start writing the outline for their research project.