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Prof. Dick Swaab

Dick Swaab psiquiatra Controversias Psiquiatría Barcelona
Universiteit van Amsterdam, Paises Bajos
Ponencia El determinismo biológico de las conductas violentas
Fecha Miércoles, 2 de Septiembre, 2020
Hora 17:00 a 17:45
Mesa redonda Comprendiendo la violencia y la agresión


Dick Swaab is Professor of Neurobiology at the Medical Faculty, University of Amsterdam, since 1979. In 1985 he founded the Netherlands Brain Bank and was Director until 2005. He was Director of the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research from 1978 to 2005. He is since 1978 Leader Research Team Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Neth. Inst for Neuroscience, an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and is appointed Qiu Shi Professor in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P.R. China.

His major research interests focus on sexual differentiation of the human brain in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation, aging of the brain and Alzheimer’s disease and the neurobiological basis of depression and suicide. He has published over 600 papers in SCI journals, authored more than 200 chapters in books, and edited more than 90 books. Swaab mentored 87 PhD students from which 20 are now full professors.

Selection of some awards and honors Swaab received:
1998: Royal Honour, “Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion” bestowed by her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands,
2002: Alzheimer’s Association Award: Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Disease Research. Received at the 8th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in Stockholm, Sweden,
2008: Academy medal for his role in national and international neuroscience (fundamental to applied), for his initiative to start the Netherlands Brain Bank, and for his research in Alzheimer's disease,
2013: Freethinker of 2013, Universiteit voor Humanistiek, Utrecht,
2014: European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Media Award for Wij zijn ons Brein: van Baarmoeder tot Alzheimer, for destigmatizing brain disorders.
2014: Ott’s Medal. Russian Academy of Science, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, for molecular microscopy and its application in human neuroendocrine pathology.

He is author of the 2-volume monograph The Human Hypothalamus that appeared in the Handbook of Clinical Neurology series, Elsevier and of the Dutch best seller We are our Brains, that sold more than 450.000 copies in the Netherlands and that is translated in 15 languages. This book has been more than 2 years in the Dutch bestseller list, 7 weeks even as #1. There is also a children's version of the book (You are your brain). In 2016 Swaab published a second book for the general public Our Creative Brain, that also came from the first week in the bestseller list.

Swaabs’ H-factor is 90.