Brenda Penninx

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials B.W.J.H.
Main position Hoogleraar VUMC
Disciplines Psychiatry, clinical psychology
  Epidemiology and medical statistics
Chair Psychiatrische epidemiologie
Domain Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences
Membership Member
Since 2016
Chair of Council for Medical Sciences
Vice-Chair of Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences
Employed by VU Medisch Centrum
Afdeling Psychiatrie
AJ Ernststraat 1187
1081 HL Amsterdam
tel.  020 788 5437
Personal website

Brenda Penninx is a leading researcher worldwide on depression. Her large-scale, interdisciplinary approach to studying the causes, course and consequences of depressive disorders is unique. For example she was the principal investigator of the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA).

Her work is crucial for demonstrating and understanding the connection between depression and somatic disorders such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. She has also shown that there are different types of depression, for example one displaying typically melancholic symptoms and another with atypical and immunometabolic traits, presumably requiring different personalised treatment strategies. This can be regarded as a major breakthrough in the study of depression.