General issues of interest to PhD’s, the ramifications of the pandemic for PhD students and the importance of scientific integrity

Dr Martin van Boxtel 

Dr Martin van Boxtel is a medical doctor and Associate Professor at school MeHNS, Maastricht University. He teaches at both the faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, and the faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience of this university. 

He worked as research associate in psychopharmacological research and did his PhD (1997) in cognitive development and ageing, more specifically health-related determinants of cognitive ageing. His ongoing research is for a large part embedded in 1. the Maastricht Ageing Study (MAAS), a longitudinal study into adult cognitive development, and 2. the Maastricht Study, a large-scale population based study on the etiology and (cognitive) consequences of type 2 diabetes.

He has coordinated several national and international research programs on cognitive ageing and dementia and is currently working in projects aimed at early prevention of cognitive impairment. Extensions of this research include intervention studies in cognitively normal individuals and in patients with brain damage, diabetes and cognition, (bio)markers for cognitive decline, the use of assistive technology by brain damaged patients or older persons and body/mind interventions (mindfulness). Currently he is PhD coordinator and confidential advisor for PhD students at MHeNs.

More information can be found at: https://breinweb.nl/mvb

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+).