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Barbara Franke, PhD

Barbara FrankeBarbara Franke is a professor of Molecular Psychiatry. She studied Biology at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany and at Utrecht University in The Netherlands until 1995. After a PhD in molecular signal transduction at this university, she moved to the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) in 1999. Following a postdoc position in multifactorial genetics, she became Head of the Research lab for Multifactorial Diseases at the Department of Human Genetics in 2001. Since 2004, her work is dedicated to the identification of genetic risk factors for neurodevelopmental disorder especially the psychiatric disorders ADHD, autism, as well as dyslexia, and the characterization of their effects at the molecular, cell and brain level. As a professor of molecular psychiatry and a PI at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior of the Radboud University Nijmegen, much of Dr. Franke’s current research efforts focus on imaging-based endophenotypes for psychiatric disorders as well as (animal) model systems for functional gene analysis. She has set up and coordinates the International Multicentre persistent ADHD Genetics CollaboraTion (IMpACT) since 2007. IMpACT studies the genetics of adult ADHD in >3500 cases and >4000 controls. She is a member of the management team of the International Multicentre ADHD Genetics (IMAGE) study on >1400 families with ADHD offspring. In Nijmegen, she set up, together with the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, the Brain Imaging Genetics (BIG) study with currently >2200 participants, and is a co-founder and steering committee member of the new international ENIGMA consortium on brain imaging genetics meta-analysis. She has published over 160 articles in peer-reviewed, international journals (H-index: 29).

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