Website of Ruth J. van Holst
Welcome to my website

I am fascinated by how certain behavior can spiral out of control and how this is reflected in the human brain. Current projects that I am working on are: 

1) Neuroimaging study in disordered gambling and alcohol dependence

2) Neurostimulation as treatment for alcohol dependence

3) Meta-cognitions in compulsive behaviours

4) Neuroimaging study in patients with orexin deficiency investigating the role of orexin in food-related motivation

                                         5) PET study investigating dopamine in disordered gambling


Hooray: We received a ABC-project grant to further studie meta-cognition in compulsive behaviours!

New published papers:


van Holst R.J., Sescousse G., Janssen L.K., Janssen M., Berry A.S., Jagust W.J. & Cools R., Increased striatal dopamine synthesis capacity in gambling addiction, Biological Psychiatry (2017), doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.06.010.

van Holst R.J., van Timmeren T., Goudriaan A.E. Are There Differences in Disruptions of Reward Processing Between Substance Use Disorder and Gambling Disorder? JAMA Psychiatry (2017), doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.1051