In PredSL we collaboratively address our research challenge, striving for transdisciplinarity in research, supervision and training. For the PredSL team, transdisciplinarity applies to research efforts and strategies focused on complex problems that cross many disciplinary boundaries to create a holistic approach. We realize that it is not easy to engage in transdisciplinary research: a researcher has to be rigorous in his/her own discipline and tolerant and open to other disciplines. As PIs in the PredSL team, we strongly believe that transdisciplinary approaches are pivotal in achieving true scientific progress. We have highly complementary skills in our four fields of expertise health at work, mental health problems, brain measures of behaviour and epigenetics, with established track records of successful collaborations across disciplines.
Ute Bültmann is professor of Work and Health, in particular from a Lifecourse Epidemiological Perspective. She has a background in physical therapy, health education and promotion and occupational health epidemiology. She is an expert in the epidemiology of work and health, the impact of the psychosocial work environment on workers’ health, including mental health, the interrelation between health and functioning at work, and the prevention of work disability and promotion of a healthy, productive and sustainable working life. She has gained extensive international research experience in occupational health and is involved in interdisciplinary collaborative projects on work and health in Denmark and Canada. She coordinates the social context studies in the LifeLines cohort (www.lifelines.nl).
Catharina Hartman is associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry of the Interdisciplinary Center of Psychiatric Epidemiology (ICPE) at the University Medical Center Groningen. Her background is in research methods, measurement, and statistical analysis. Her current expertise includes the etiology of autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety. She focuses on the understanding of developmental continuity from (subthreshold) childhood psychiatric disorders to adult psychiatric disorders with a special interest in neurodevelopment. Catharina made important contributions to the field of differentiated measurement of psychiatric disorders. She is in the board of TRAILS (www.trails.nl), NeuroIMAGE, and BOA (Biological Origins of Autism), and a staff researcher within NESDA (Netherlands study of Anxiety and Depression), which are high quality longitudinal cohorts studying causal factors in the onset and course of psychiatric disorders.
Natasha Maurits is professor of Clinical Neuroengineering (www.clinicalneuroengineering.com) in the department of Neurology of the University Medical Center Groningen. She has a multidisciplinary background in applied mathematics, biophysical chemistry and clinical neuroscience. Her current expertise is clinical neuroengineering, the scientific field that aims to advance clinical neuroscience by employing mathematical, physical and engineering principles. She focuses on fundamental understanding of and the improvement of the diagnostics of neurological disorders and on the development of new signal analysis and recording techniques to aid in this enterprise. Her special interest concerns compensational brain mechanisms (as occur in (cognitive) ageing, movement disorders and linguistics). Natasha made important contributions to the fields of multi-channel EEG and is at the forefront of combined neurophysiological and fMRI recordings. She is an experienced supervisor (7 completed PhD projects)
Harold Snieder is a professor of Genetic Epidemiology and heads the unit of Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics at the University Medical Center Groningen. He has a multidisciplinary background in human movement sciences and genetic epidemiology. His main research goal is to identify genetic and epigenetic susceptibility markers for cardiometabolic disease through (epi)genome-wide association studies. He is particularly interested in the interaction of these markers with psychosocial determinants (stressful life events) and is an internationally recognized expert in design and analysis of genetic epidemiological studies of common complex diseases. Harold coordinates the genetic studies in the LifeLines cohort (www.lifelines.nl). His group has extensive expertise in quality control and statistical analysis of genome-wide association study (GWAS) data.