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About us

The Donders Centre for Neuroscience (DCN) is one of six research institutes of the Faculty of Science of Radboud University in Nijmegen. DCN is part of the world-renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.

Visiting address

Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


Would you like to get in touch with the Donders Centre for Neuroscience? Please send an e-mail to the management assistant, Marie-Louise Beenen (ml.beenen@donders.ru.nl) or give us a call, +31 24 36 53276 / +31 6 50829414.


DCN Board
Scientific Director
Prof. John van Opstal
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The director leads the institute and is involved in decisions regarding research, strategic planning and external relations and is accountable to the Dean of the Faculty of Science. The Director is a member of the DCN and is chosen after consultation of the Research Chairs for a period of four years. He or she is chairman of the DCN plenary staff.
Managing Director
Dr. Nina C. Vermeulen
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The Managing Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the institute. She is member of the DCN board and holder of the Finance portfolio

Representative Neurophysics
Prof. Francesco Battaglia

Chair Neuronal Networks of Memory;
represents Neurophysics research and education within DCN

Representative Neurobiology
Prof. Erik Storkebaum

Chair Molecular Neurobiology;
represents the Neurobiology research and education within DCN

Representative PhD/PostDoc
Loes Ottink MSc

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PhD candidate Visual Neuroscience group; represents interests of PhDs and PostDocs within DCN

Management Assistants / secretarial support
Marie-Louise Beenen 
Donders Centre for Neuroscience
Departments of Neurophysiology / Molecular Neurobiology

Lisan Rengers
Departments of Neurophysiology / Molecular Neurobiology

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Gerda van 't Spijker
Department of Biophysics / Neuroinformatics

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