About the study
We have a dream! Our goal is to discover how the brain works and how the brain effects our daily lives. The Healthy Brain Study hopes to answer these questions. This is a unique, long-term study carried out by Radboud University, Radboudumc and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, together with other organizations, and volunteers in their thirties.
Why choose a hamburger over a salad? How does a certain food ingredient influence your mood and your decision to buy a new car? How does sitting and sleeping influence the way you deal with stress? What makes you decide to buy a house and which street to live on? Do you feel better in a relationship or on your own? What determines whether you feel happy? In short, why do people do what they do? The brain plays a major role in these types of questions. The more we know about the brain, the more questions we can answer about how we function in our daily lives. That's why Radboud University, Radboudumc and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics are working together on this special study that aims to unravel the ‘thirties brain’.
What influences the brain?
During the Healthy Brain Study, we aim to monitor and test a thousand thirty to forty-year-old volunteers from Nijmegen and the surrounding area. We’re selecting people in their thirties because their brains are no longer developing whilst the aging process has yet to start. Moreover, this group often has to deal with important life events that affect their well-being such as a career, a burnout, buying a house, having children or getting a divorce.
What contributes to happiness & vitality?
The Healthy Brain Study will investigate which social, biological and environmental factors influence the brain. Scientists can use the results to conduct new studies to resolve social issues. These can involve questions such as: how can I identify and prevent an upcoming burnout? With this new knowledge, we hope to learn how people can become happier, fitter, more self-reliant and more productive. We also aim to contribute to a more sustainable and affordable healthcare system.
Everyone can contribute. You, your family and friends, employers and entrepreneurs can take part. We can, hereby, all make a valuable contribution to this unique research.
Invitation December 3. Science Meets Business
Science meets Business: Healthy Brain
We are glad to invite you for the next online Science meets Business on Thursday, December 3. Time: 16.00 - 17.30.
The Nijmegen region is one of the hotspots for Healthy Brain research and development. The Healthy Brain Initiative reaches out to anyone who is interested in achieving our dream. Everyone is invited to connect and to contribute!
If you are interested in using our knowledge, interested in defining research questions, interested in help to realize your business idea’s, or interested in setting up collaborative Sc2B projects, please join us!
• Opening event by Arthur Willemsen (host, Radboudumc)
• Opportunities for the region (councilor Van Esselbrugge)
• Background/Update Healthy Brain Initiative (Guillén Fernández)
• Successful partnership with Noldus IT (Lucas Noldus)
17:30: Online networking
Presentations are in English. We welcome new guests, so please feel free to pass on this invitation to relevant people in your network!
You find more information on the Science meets Business website.
Measures against corona virusTest-days and intakes
We will continue with the Healthy Brain Study from July 15. All the relevant participants have been personally notified of this.
Our participants have received an extra questionnaire concerning the media attention surrounding the corona virus. Examples of questions posed are ‘What are you doing to prevent being infected?’ and ‘Are you worried about becoming infected with the corona virus?’. We know that media coverage of certain topics can influence thoughts, feelings and behaviour in everyday life. This fits well within the scope of the Healthy Brain Study.
Information for researchersAre you a researcher and interested in the datasource of the Healthy Brain Study? Contact our projectmanager Lucy Overbeek: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a research idea, but are you looking for collaborations? Please visit the Healthy Brain Team on Mattermost to meet researchers from Radboud Campus and to discuss research ideas.
How to reach the Healthy Brain Team?
For researchers with Radboud University credentials (U/S/E-number account)
Visit this link to sign-in/up to the Mattermost server and the Healthy Brain Team. Click GitLab and select the RU panel of the login form to sign-in/up with the Radboud University credentials.
For researchers without Radboud University credentials
Researchers without Radboud University credentials should request for a standard account. The request should be sent to the Healthy Brain Team via email, and it should contain the following information about the standard account:
- your full name
- your preferred login name
- your email address (preferably the one from your affiliation)
Team science makes a difference!
For centuries, the individual, independent scientist – the genius – has been performing research on his own. However, nowadays, only focusing on this way of doing research is insufficient for resolving many questions of present-day science. Instead, we also need larger, systematic studies executed by teams of experts that go beyond collaborations between independent researchers. The Healthy Brain Study stimulates team science. Project leader Guillen Fernandez explains in his blog why we need this rebalancing towards ‘team science’ to achieve better results and better working conditions for the people involved.