Stress-NL is a consortium of stress researchers in the Netherlands

3rd Annual Stress-NL meeting November 29th 2019 in Amsterdam. Please register here.




The stress system is ubiquitous in all species and is essential to adapt to a changing environment. Its relevance for humans and animals can therefore not be overestimated. Excessive or prolonged stress exposure increases the risk for a wide variety of mental and physical symptoms. Our current understanding of the stress system and variability in outcomes after stress exposure is limited. The STRESS-NL consortium envisions that combining forces between researchers across the Netherlands ranging from preclinical to clinical stress research is needed to advance our knowledge and the stress field as a whole. The STRESS-NL consortium aims to change the current way of performing stress studies, by combining knowledge, efforts, and sharing data, but also joining efforts to emphasize the importance of fundamental and applied stress research to funding agencies, the government and the general public.



The STRESS-NL foundation is supported by a project grant from the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Provide a platform for interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge about stress research conducted within molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, and clinical neurosciences across the Netherlands.


Provide a platform for exchange and integration of data to enable larger (meta) analyses of data acquired across multiple sites and research groups.


Provide a platform that can promote stress research toward stakeholders at national and European levels and beyond (grant agencies, charity foundations, etc.) as a focus area that is historically particularly strong within the Netherlands.


Provide a platform that can raise public awareness, knowledge, and trust of scientific research into stress and stress-related disorders

Annual Stress-nl meeting

Stress-NL meeting 2019 – Registration Open

We are delighted to announce the third annual meeting of the Stress-NL foundation, which will take place on:

Friday November 29, 2019, in Amsterdam
venue: Trippenhuis (KNAW), Kloveniersburgwal 29

You are all cordially invited (Please register here).

The annual Stress-NL meeting is the place for fundamental and conceptual discussion about stress research. There will be ample time to interact and to discuss collaborations and future plans. The meeting is open to everybody, from MSc students to PIs. This year the meeting will focus on new projects and developments, with contributions from young talents (symposium 1) and more established (symposium 2/3) scientists.


The recipient of this year’s Ron de Kloet award is:

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Binder 
Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, München, Germany

The award ceremony and lecture by Elisabeth Binder will take place at the Stress-NL meeting.


Stress-NL meeting 2019 – Program


09.45-10.00 Welcome by the board of Stress-NL

10.00-11.00 Symposium 1
Rianne de Kleine – Optimizing exposure therapy for PTSD
Lynn Boschloo – Symptomatology as a key for targeted depression treatment
Jan Kroon – The unexpected effects of androgens on glucocorticoid functioning
Conny Quaedflieg – Remember to forget your fears

11.00-11.30 COFFEE BREAK

11.30-12.15 Ron de Kloet Award 
Award presentation followed by Award Lecture by Elisabeth Binder

1215-1315 LUNCH

13.15-14.15 Symposium 2
Marie-José van Tol – How to put a break on rumination: tracking effects of fantasizing- and mindfulness-based interventions on depressive vulnerability in the wild
Boudewijn Lelieveldt – BRAINSCAPES: A Roadmap from Neurogenetics to Neurobiology

14.15-14.45 TEA BREAK

14.45-15.45 Symposium 3
Benno Roozendaal / Erno Hermans- Targeted glucocorticoid treatment for HPA-axis dysfunction in post-traumatic stress disorder: toward personalized treatment
Carolina de Weerth – How gut bacteria and stress shape child development

15.45-16.00 Brainstorm / collaborations

16.00-17.00 DRINKS

Stress-NL meeting 2018

The Stress-NL meeting of 2018 is over – what a great turnout we had.

This year the meeting was split into three symposia: ‘How to improve human stress measures in daily life’, ‘Stress as a translational concept: molecular and animal models’, and ‘New developments in the stress field’. In between the symposia, there was ample time to interact and discuss collaborations and future plans.

The short talks from speakers from all over The Netherlands illustrated the broad range of stress research that we are doing in the Netherlands. This year’s speakers were:

Mirjam van Zuiden, Frank Meye, Louk Vanderschuren, Eco de Geus, Angela Sarabdjitsingh, Alberto Pereira, Ahmed Mahfouz, Eva Naninck, Aniko Korosi, Sanne Booij, Wessel Kraaij, Judith Homberg, Manon Benders.

In addition, Prof. Carmen Sandi joined us all the way from Switzerland, to receive the first ever Ron de Kloet Award and give a talk on ‘Stress and the individual’.

In the coming year we will keep on pursuing our mission of combining forces between stress researchers in The Netherlands. If you have any suggestions, ideas or wish to help us in our mission, please contact us. You can join our Mailing list or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date on future events.

We hope to see you next year for the Stress-NL meeting of 2019!


The first Stress-NL consortium meeting on November 2nd  2017 was a great success. We look back at a fruitful and constructive meeting, and it was very clear that there is an outstanding Dutch research line on stress with a variety of angles and approaches.



The Ron de Kloet award for Stress Research

The Ron de Kloet award for Stress Research is given to an international researcher who has made outstanding contributions to our understanding of stress in adaptation, resilience and vulnerability for disease. Recipients can be either basic or clinical researchers. The prize is organized by Stress-NL. Candidates can be nominated via its executive board – decisions are made by consultation of the advisory board. The award is sponsored by Corcept Therapeutics. It is handed out annually at the Stress-NL meeting, where the awardee delivers a lecture on the topic of stress.

  • Ron de Kloet award 2019

    Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Binder

  • Ron de Kloet award 2018

    Prof. Dr. Carmen Sandi

STRESS-NL foundation

Executive board

Dr. Christiaan Vinkers
Dr. Christiaan Vinkers
University Medical Center Utrecht
Dr. Erno Hermans
Dr. Erno Hermans
Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen & Donders Institute
Prof. Liesbeth van Rossum
Prof. Liesbeth van Rossum
Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam
Prof. Onno Meijer
Prof. Onno Meijer
Leiden University Medical Center

Advisory board

Prof. Marian Joëls
University Medical Center Utrecht
University Medical Center Groningen

Prof. Ron de Kloet
Leiden University Medical Center

Prof. Guillén Fernández
Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen & Donders Institute

Prof. Benno Roozendaal
Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen & Donders Institute

Prof. Karin Roelofs
Radboud University Nijmegen & Donders Institute

Prof. Andrea Evers
Leiden University

Prof. Bernet Elzinga (Leiden)
Leiden University

Prof. Paul Lucassen
University of Amsterdam

Prof. Eric Vermetten
Leiden University Medical Center

Prof. Lenneke Alink
Leiden University

Prof. Manon Hillegers
University Medical Center Utrecht

Prof. Marinus van IJzendoorn
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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