Principal Investigator

Gert Ter Horst PhD Section Head Neuroimaging center

Position 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
  • Research Profile
  • Selected Publications
  • Gert J. Ter Horst completed his PhD cum laude in Groningen, in 1986. Subsequently, he was a product manager for psychotropic drugs at Jansen Pharmaceuticals (Tilburg) and returned to the University of Groningen in 1988, to set up a neuroanatomical research group in the Department of Oral Biology.

    In 1991, he moved to the Department of Psychiatry, focusing his research programme on function and dysfunction of the limbic system.

    In 2003, he became Director of the Neuroimaging Centre (NiC). In 2011, he received a grant from the Top Institute Food and Nutrition (TIFN, Wageningen) on ‘Long-term liking’ and since then he has been Project Leader of the Sensory and Liking Programme in collaboration with the industrial partners Danone and Friesland Campina; the project focuses on mechanisms of food-related reward in patients, elderly and healthy volunteers. In 2015, after the completion of the TIFN project he was appointed as bachelor coordinator G2020. His current research focuses on gender differences and molecular neurobiological effects of chronic stress exposure.

    He is member of the board of the Dutch Neurofederation, member of the Endo-Neuro-Psycho meeting organisation committee, and chairman of the fifth Endo-Neuro-Psycho meeting organisation committee. Prof. Ter Horst is a member of the ZonMW VICI committee and of the University Science Committee (UCW), and competency coordinator for academic development in the UMCG medical programme.

    He edited the books Clinical Pharmacology of Cerebral Ischemia, The Nervous System and the Heart and Current and Future Developments in Psychopharmacology, and is an author of approximately 130 papers.

    • 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) Hormones 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.
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