Barbara Franke

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials B.
Main position Hoogleraar RU
Disciplines Genetics
  Psychiatry, clinical psychology
Chair Moleculaire psychiatrie
Domain Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences
Membership Member
Since 2017
Member of Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences
Employed by Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum
Donders Instituut, Afdelingen Genetica en Psychiatrie, Huispost 855
Postbus 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
tel.  024 361 0181
Personal website

Barbara Franke is an expert on the link between genetics and such disorders as ADHD, dyslexia and autism. For example, she studied which aspects of ADHD and autism are hereditary and which are not. She and her team have also shown, at the molecular level, how ADHD in children differs from ADHD in adults. In another study, Franke engineered a strain of fruit flies with ADHD to study the influence of genes on behaviour. Unlike in humans, the genes of these insects can be switched on and off easily. Franke is popular with the media, patient organisations and government.