Prof. Dr. I.E. Sommer

Psychiatrist at UMC Groningen
Director of the Research Institute Brain and Cognition
University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
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Collaboration with prof. Linda Lam, hallucination research, Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Collaboration with prof. Kenneth Hugdahl, to study hallucinations in schizophrenia, Norwegian Center of Excellence, Bergen University, Faculty of Biological Psychology, Norway
Collaboration with prof. Susan Rossell, to development and validate speech biomarkers and compare different languages, Swinburne University, Faculty of Psychology, Melbourne, Australia
Collaboration with prof. Jari Tiihonen, to study the male and female course of schizophrenia, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Sweden

Writer of four popular scientific books, from which Haperende Hersenen (2016) and Het Vrouwenbrein (2020) became national best-sellers and were translated into several languages.
2021 Gala van de Wetenschap, Schouwburg Amsterdam – speaker about the female brain
2021 TEDxHaarlem - speaker about the female brain
2016 Lowlands Science- speaker about hallucinations

Family name, First name: Sommer, Iris
Date of birth: August 31, 1970

2004 PhD Language in Schizophrenia cum laude
Faculty of Medicine/ Psychiatry Department, University Utrecht/ Netherlands
1997 Master: Medicine cum laude
Faculty of Medicine/ University of Amsterdam (VU)/ Netherlands

2017-present Full professor and psychiatrist
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)/ Department of Biomedical Sciences & Psychiatry Department, University of Groningen/ Netherlands
2019-present Director of research institute Brain and Cognition
UMCG/ University of Groningen/ Netherlands

2022 Elected distinguished fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies
2021 Elected member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW)
2020 Winner of the anniversary prize Dutch Brain Foundation (Hersenstichting), 1M
2015-2019 Visiting professor, Norwegian Centers of Excellence, University of Bergen, Norway
2017 Large grant from ZonMw (Dutch Medical Science Organisation) “Hamlett” as PI, 3M
2017 Recipient of a large cohort grant from ZonMw “Ophelia” as PI, 1.5M
2016 Brain Prize, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, Utrecht, Netherlands
2011 Elected member of The Young Academy (DJA), Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW)
2006, 2009 Young Scientist Award, International Congress of Schizophrenia Research (ICOSR)

April 2022              Pleanary speaker Schizophrenia International Research Sociaty in Florence, Italy
May 2022               Plenary speaker at the Dutch Annual Psychiatry Congress, MECC, Maastricht Netherlands
November 2022     Keynote speaker at the 9th World Congress on Women's Mental Health

H-index: 71, number of citations: 17659
Total number 401 First authorships 56 Last authorships 195


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