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Eric Vermetten

Professor Medical-Biological and Psychiatric Aspects of Psychotrauma

Prof.dr. H.G.J.M. Vermetten
+31 71 526 9111

Prof dr HGJM (Eric)Vermetten, MD, PhD, is a clinical psychiatrist working with veterans and other uniformed officers as Strategic Advisor (COL) of Research at the Military Mental Health Service with the Dutch Ministry of Defense and ARQ National Psychotrauma Center. He holds an endowed chair in Psychiatry at the Department Psychiatry at Leiden UMC. He also has an Adjunct Professorship at the Department Psychiatry of New York UMC. He is trained in the Netherlands as well as in the USA in psychiatry and neuroscience (Stanford, Yale and Emory University). He has clinical as well as a research positions with a focus on medical/biological as well as psychiatric aspects of complex psychotrauma in military as well as civilian populations. He has published over 200 papers, over 30 book chapters and edited several books on this topic. His research is in the field of stress, trauma, complex PTSD and neuroscience. He is interested in the history of war and has special focus on combining biological-based interventions in psychotraumatology with novel technology and novel drug developments, in particular MDMA, psilocybin, ketamine and medical cannabis. He is PI of a 10 year longitudinal cohort study of prospective research in military operations, PRISMO. Prof Vermetten is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals and granting agencies. He has lectured on the topic of PTSD, resilience, military and veterans issues as well as novel approaches to therapy across the globe

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Medical psychotraumatology

The chair is characterized by knowledge building in the field of medical psychotraumatology through multidisciplinarity and through translational and clinical neuroscience. While the knowledge domain at Defense and ARQ has already been well programmed by setting up an expertise center (former research center) (Defense) and research tracks (ARQ), this is now also visible in the research vision in the psychiatry department of the LUMC (sub-program 'stress and trauma in the life course '). The teaching and research activities are carried out with a large group of PhD students, researchers and institutions, in the Netherlands and abroad, and are characterized by academic cooperation but also with partners in civil-military scientific cooperation (Landelijke Zorglijn Veteranen, Veteraneninstituut, Politie, TNO, Defense Advisory Board, NATO Science and Technology Organization) and policy frameworks, business and organizations (Ministries, Motek, CleVR, MAPS, Sensiks).

The research line focuses on the two main themes: A. Course studies: Fundamental knowledge building in the field of prediction of course factors in resilience and PTSD and B. Treatment studies: Empirical validation of innovative augmentation of pharmaco- and psychotherapeutic interventions in PTSD

Professor Medical-Biological and Psychiatric Aspects of Psychotrauma

  • Faculteit Geneeskunde
  • Divisie 3
  • Psychiatrie

Work address

LUMC Main Building
Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden



  • United Nations Consultatie Psychiatrische expertise
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