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)
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