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Prof David Linden 

David Linden read medicine, classics and philosophy in Germany. He completed a doctorate in functional neuroimaging at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (working in the group of Rainer Goebel) and trained in psychiatry at Frankfurt University. 

He held academic appointments at Bangor and Cardiff Universities, UK. In 2017 he took up the post of scientific director of the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. He also works as a psychiatrist at MUMC+. Over the last ten years he has developed and evaluated clinical protocols for neurofeedback based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and was the coordinator of the European BRAINTRAIN consortium (www.braintrainproject.eu).

In collaboration with the departments of neurosurgery and neurology of MUMC+ and the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience he is now developing new neurofeedback approaches to Parkinson’s disease as part of an international collaboration within the Joint Programme Neurodegenerative Diseases (JPND). Another focus area of his research is the link between genetic risk and brain mechanisms of mental disorders.

The School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNs) strives to advance our understanding of brain-behaviour relationships by using an approach integrating various disciplines in neuro- and behavioural science, medicine, and the life sciences more widely. MHeNs performs high-impact mental health and neuroscience research and educates master's students and PhD researchers. MHeNs performs translational research, meaning practical collaboration between researchers in the lab and in the hospital. MHeNs is one of six graduate schools of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) aligned to the Maastricht University Medical Centre+ (MUMC+).