Research Groups

Neuroimaging Centre

The Neuroimaging Centre (NiC) contributes to functional brain research by providing equipment for 3-Tesla magnetic resonance (3T MRI) scans, electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). The NiC supports data acquisition and analysis of clients from the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), the University of Groningen and other parties, including clinical research organisations. Although the focus is functional brain research, the NiC also provides MRI scan slots for clinical studies including neurosurgery, cardiology and nephrology. The centre collaborates with the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology to support close collaboratin with the institute of Medical Imaging.

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  • Gert Ter Horst PhD Section Head Neuroimaging center Visit

    Professor neurobiology of psychiatric disorders Head of the Neuroimaging center Project leader Top Institute Food and Nutrion; Sensory and Liking Bachelor coordinator G2020

    Research fields

    gender diversity, love, chronic stress, food liking, depression

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    Support Scientist
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    • IJpma I, Renken RJ, Ter Horst GJ, Reyners AK. (2015) Metallic taste in cancer patients treated with chemotherapy. Cancer Treat Rev.
    • Dalenberg JR, Nanetti L, Renken RJ, de Wijk RA, Ter Horst GJ. (2014) Dealing with consumer differences in liking during repeated exposure to food; typical dynamics in rating behavior. PLoS One.
    • van den Bosch I, Dalenberg JR, Renken R, van Langeveld AW, Smeets PA, Griffioen-Roose S, Ter Horst GJ, de Graaf C, Boesveldt S. (2014) To like or not to like: neural substrates of subjective flavor preferences. Behav Brain Res.
    • Dalenberg JR, Gutjar S, Ter Horst GJ, de Graaf K, Renken RJ, Jager G. (2014) Evoked emotions predict food choice. PLoS One.
    • de Boer A, Ter Horst GJ, Lorist MM. (2013) Physiological and psychosocial age-related changes associated with reduced food intake in older persons. Ageing Res Rev.
    • de Boer A, van Buel EM, Ter Horst GJ. (2012) Love is more than just a kiss: a neurobiological perspective on love and affection. Neuroscience.
    • Lexis CP, van der Horst IC, Lipsic E, van der Harst P, van der Horst-Schrivers AN, Wolffenbuttel BH, de Boer RA, van Rossum AC, van Veldhuisen DJ, de Smet BJ; GIPS-III Investigators. (2012) Metformin in non-diabetic patients presenting with ST elevation myocardial infarction: rationale and design of the glycometabolic intervention as adjunct to primary percutaneous intervention in ST elevation myocardial infarction (GIPS)-III trial. Cardiovasc Drugs Ther.
    • Ter Horst,G.J. (2010)┬áHormones of the limbic system, Chapter 17: Estrogen in the limbic system. Vitamins and Hormones. Elsevier, Amsterdam.
    • Lin Y, Ter Horst GJ, Wichmann R, Bakker P, Liu A, Li X, Westenbroek C. (2009) Sex Differences in the Effects of Acute and Chronic Stress and Recovery after Long-Term Stress on Stress-Related Brain Regions of Rats. Cereb Cortex.
    • Ter Horst GJ, Wichmann R, Gerrits M, Westenbroek C, Lin Y. (2009) Sex differences in stress responses: focus on ovarian hormones. Physiol Behav.
    • Lin Y, Westenbroek C, Bakker P, Termeer J, Liu A, Li X, Ter Horst GJ. (2008) Effects of long-term stress and recovery on the prefrontal cortex and dentate gyrus in male and female rats. Cereb Cortex.
  • Jelle Dalenberg(2016)

    Heleen Hoogeveen(2016)

  • Although the main task is to support the imaging activities of the clients, the NiC operates its own study program on the function of the limbic system and how it participates in coping with chronic stress to understand gender diversity in the development of depression. An important driving force of the limbic activity is sensory input. , the researchers explore the participation of the limbic system in coping with chronic stress, by studying gender diversity in love and heart break (the latter being used as a natural chronic stress model).


    In collaboration with the Top Institute Food and Nutrition (TIFN), partners from the dairy industry and Wageningen University (Netherlands), the centre uses MRI to study neurocircuitry underlying long-term liking of novel dairy products in healthy volunteers, elderly and patients. This research has provided novel methods to analyse person-product MRI data compared with the more conventional group-data analysis.

    The NiC provides work space for staff members and PhD students from departments of the UMCG and faculties of Arts and Behavioural & Social Sciences using the our facilities. We also host bachelor and master students for their science electives.


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