Prof. Arjan Blokland


Position: Full Professor, Head of Department

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I studied Psychology at the Radboud University (Nijmegen, NL). After receiving my PhD in Maastricht in 1992, I did a post doc at the University of Cambridge in 1992. This project was funded by NWO and investigated short-term memory processing in rats. In 1993, I took a position as laboratory head at Tropon (CNS research Bayer). I was responsible for testing novel compounds in animal models of aging and dementia. I successfully applied for a Royal Academy Fellowship (KNAW) grant and returned to Maastricht University in 1996. In 2009, I was appointed as an associate professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. One research line is related to psychopharmacology of learning and memory, with the main focus on the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and phosphodiesterases. I'm also was involved in evaluating animal models of neurological disorders (e.g. depression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease). In 2018 I was appointed as a full professor in Comparative Neuroscience.

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