Affiliation: Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, NL
Keywords: Behavioral Neuroscience, Biological Psychiatry, Neurochemistry, Dopamine, Habit Formation, Drug Addiction, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Ingo Willuhn received his PhD from The Chicago Medical School in 2007. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle before accepting his position as group leader at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and Associate Professor at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam in 2013. Ingo is a behavioral neuroscientist with a background in functional neuroanatomy who is interested in how neuromodulators such as dopamine regulate brain networks under normal (e.g., reward learning) as well as pathological conditions (e.g., addiction). Throughout his career, he pursued these interests by combining state-of-the-art neuroscience tools and behavioral testing paradigms. His pre-clinical group studies the neurobiology of compulsive behavior and basic behavioral functions potentially contributing to compulsivity. The team has close ties to clinical scientists studying and treating such behaviors, thus, providing optimal conditions for a translational, multidisciplinary approach.