Dr. M. van Zuiden

Scientific staff member (UD)
Main activities
Psychotrauma, PTSD, stress, psychoneuroendocrinology, psychoneuroimmunology, prospective research
Focus of research

As an assistant professor at the department of Psychiatry, myresearch focuses on biological and cognitive aspects of vulnerability for trauma-related psychopathology. For this research I received a Veni grant from the Netherlands organization for Health Reserach and Development, and a Narsad Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Prior, during my postdoc here at the AMC, I coordinated several multidisciplinary studies on the behavioural, neuroendocrine and physiological effects of intranasal oxytocin administration. These studies included a RCT and neuroimaging study in which weinvestigated whether oxytocin administration prevents development of PTSD in recently traumatized individuals and an fMRI study in which we investigated the acute effects of oxytocin administration on fear and reward processing in police personnel with and without PTSD. 

Key publications
  • van Zuiden M, Frijling JL, Nawijn L, Koch SBJ, Goslings JC, Luitse JS, Biesheuvel TH, Honig A, Veltman DJ, Olff M, Intranasal Oxytocin to Prevent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Emergency Department Patients. BIOL PSYCHIAT 2017;81 (12):1030-1040 [PubMed]
  • van Zuiden M, Geuze E, Willemen HLDM, Vermetten E, Maas M, Heijnen CJ, Kavelaars A, Pre-existing high glucocorticoid receptor number predicting development of posttraumatic stress symptoms after military deployment. AM J PSYCHIAT 2011;168 (1):89-96 [PubMed]
  • van Zuiden M, Geuze E, Willemen HLDM, Vermetten E, Maas M, Amarouchi K, Kavelaars A, Heijnen CJ, Glucocorticoid receptor pathway components predict posttraumatic stress disorder symptom development: a prospective study. BIOL PSYCHIAT 2012;71 (4):309-316 [PubMed]
  • van Zuiden M, Heijnen CJ, Maas M, Amarouchi K, Vermetten E, Geuze E, Kavelaars A, Glucocorticoid sensitivity of leukocytes predicts PTSD, depressive and fatigue symptoms after military deployment: A prospective study. PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINO 2012;37 (11):1822-1836 [PubMed]
  • van Zuiden M, Kavelaars A, Geuze E, Olff M, Heijnen CJ, Predicting PTSD: pre-existing vulnerabilities in glucocorticoid-signaling and implications for preventive interventions. BRAIN BEHAV IMMUN 2013;30:12-21 [PubMed]
All Publications
Research programmes

Prof. dr. M. Olff (Center for Psychological Trauma)

Current research funding
  • Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
  • ZonMw (Vrijgesteld)