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


I am happy to have received the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s 2017 Travel Fellowship Awards to attend our annual meeting, May 18-20, 2017 in San Diego, CA

New published abstracts and papers:

van Holst, R.J., Overeem, S., van der Cruijssen, L., Lammers, G.J., Cools, R., Aarts, E., 2016. Reduced influence of satiation on food choices in human narcolepsy. Appetite 101, 221–222.

van Timmeren T, Jansen J.M., Caan M.W., Goudriaan A.E., van Holst R.J. White matter integrity between left basal ganglia and left prefrontal cortex is compromised in gambling disorder. Addict Biol. 2016 Sep 9. doi: 10.1111/adb.12447. [Epub ahead of print]

Maniaci G., Picone F., van Holst R.J., Bolloni C., Scardina S., Cannizzaro C. Alterations in the Emotional Regulation Process in Gambling Addiction: The Role of Anger and Alexithymia. J Gambl Stud. 2016 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print].

Chamberlain, S.R., Lochner, C., Stein, D.J., Goudriaan, A.E., van Holst, R.J., Zohar, J., Grant, J.E., 2016. Behavioural addiction—A rising tide? Eur. Neuropsychopharmacol. 26, 841–855.