Iris Sommer receives Huibregtsenprijs for ‘Unequal medical treatment of men and women’

On the twenty-third Evening of Science & Society, in the Pieterskerk in The Hague, Prof. Iris Sommer received the Huibregtsen Prize 2022 for her research project ‘Unequal medical treatment of women and men’.
A picture of Iris Sommer with the Huibregtsenprijs

Psychiatrist Iris Sommer is a professor of Cognitive Aspects of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders at the Department of Neuroscience of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). With her groundbreaking work, Iris Sommer focuses -among other things- on the wonderful fact that the female brain is much less well-researched than the male brain.

One of Sommer’s main findings is that female hormones (such as estrogens) play a major protective role in psychotic disorders. While often prescribed antipsychotics appear to suppress the production of estrogens. With this important insight Sommer has created new treatment guidelines for the care of women with psychotic disorders, and significantly improved the treatment perspectives of female patients. That is a major achievement.

Read more: "Iris Sommer krijgt Huibregtsenprijs 2022" (in Dutch)

Jury report
Read the extensive jury report:  "Juryrapport winnaar Huibregtsenprijs 2022" (in Dutch)