Connecting European Neuroscience

Steven Kushner

Programme Committee Member FENS Forum 2018

Curriculum Vitae

Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, NL

Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Chair, Division of Neurobiological Psychiatry, 2009 – Present

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Visiting Scientist, Neuroscience and Mental Health, 2008 – 2009

Columbia University / New York State Psychiatric Institute

New York, NY, USA

Post-Graduate Residency in Psychiatry, 2005 – 2008

The University of California Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA, USA

National Institutes of Health: Medical Scientist Training Program, 1997 – 2005

The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA, USA

Bachelor of Arts, Physiology of Neural Systems, 1993 - 1997.

Honours and awards

New England Journal of Medicine Group (Top Clinical Papers of the Year – Psychiatry: 2012, 2015)

Netherlands Scientific Organization, Vidi Award (2009)

The Hospital for Sick Children: Research Center Award (2008) Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2006)

Michael Tennenbaum Creativity Initiative Award, University of California at Los Angeles (2003)

National Institute of Mental Health - National Research Service Award (2001)

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (1995-1996)

National Kidney Foundation Fellowship (1992-1993)

American Statistical Association Prize (1991).  

General administrative and organisational experience

European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (EMCCS), Executive Committee (2012 – Present)

Dutch Neuroscience Meeting Programme Committee (2012 – Present, Meeting Chair: 2015)

Medical Research Advisory Committee (Mrace) for Erasmus MC Translational Research Grants (2011 – Present)

Netherlands Expertise Center for Hereditary Neurocognitive Disorders (ENCORE Center) (2011 – Present). 

Research interests

Our lab is interested in the fundamental mechanisms underlying plasticity, and the neurobiological mechanisms of severe mental illness. We are focused on studies investigating social behaviour, perinatal mental health, and families with a Mendelian pattern of psychiatric disease inheritance. 

Selected publications

1. Stedehouder J, Kushner SA (2016). Myelination of parvalbumin interneurons: A parsimonious locus of pathophysiological convergence in schizophrenia. Molecular Psychiatry, doi: 10.1038/mp. 2016.147.

2. Bouwkamp CG, Kievit AJ, Olgiati S, Breedveld GJ, Coesmans M, Wouters C, Bonifati V, Kushner SA (2016). A balanced translocation disrupting BCL2L10 and PNLDC1 segregates with affective psychosis. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B, doi: 10.1002/ajmg. b. 32465.

3. Gouty-Colomer LA, Hosseini B, Marcelo IM, Schreiber 3. Gouty-Colomer LA, Hosseini B, Marcelo IM, Schreiber J, Slump DE, Yamaguchi S, Houweling AR, Jaarsma D, Elgersma Y, Kushner SA (2016). Arc expression identifies the lateral amygdala fear memory trace. Molecular Psychiatry, 21(3) : 364-375.

4. Bergink V, Armangue T, Titulaer M, Markx S, Dalmau J, Kushner SA (2015). Autoimmune encephalitis in postpartum psychosis. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172(9) : 901-908.

5. Silva-Santos S, van Woerden GM, Bruinsma CF, Mientjes E, Jolfaei MA, Distel B, Kushner SA, Elgersma Y (2015). Ube3a reinstatement identifies distinct treatment windows in Angelman syndrome model mice. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 125(5) : 2069-2076.

6. Bergink V, Burgerhout KM, Koorengevel KM, Lambregtse-van den Berg MP, Kushner SA (2015). Treatment of psychosis and mania in the postpartum period. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172(2) : 115-123.

7. van den Berg WE, Lamballais S, Kushner SA (2015). Sex-specific mechanism of social hierarchy in mice. Neuropsychopharmacology, 40(6) : 1364-1372.

8. Achterberg KG, Buitendijk GH, Kool M, Goorden SM, Post L, Slump DE, Silva AJ, van Woerden GM, Kushner SA*, Elgersma Y* (2014). Temporal and region-specific requirements of αCaMKII in spatial and contextual learning. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(34) : 11180-11187.

9. Yiu AP, Mercaldo V, Yan C, Richards B, Rashid AJ, Hsiang HL, Pressey J, Mahadevan V, Tran MM, Kushner SA, Woodin MA, Frankland PW, Josselyn SA (2014). Neurons are recruited to a memory trace based on relative neuronal excitability immediately before training. Neuron, 83(3) : 722-735.

10. Bergink V, Bouvy PF, Vervoort JS, Koorengevel KM, Steegers EA, Kushner SA (2012). Prevention of Postpartum Psychosis and Mania in Women at High Risk. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169(6) : 609-615. 

Steven Kushner

Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Chair, Division of Neurobiological Psychiatry
Erasmus University Medical Center, 2009 – Present
Wytemaweg 80, EE1442
3015 CN Rotterdam, the Netherlands.