Danielle Posthuma

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials D.
Main position Hoogleraar Amsterdam UMC Locatie VUMC
Disciplines Psychology
  Bioinformatics, biomathematics
  Epidemiology and medical statistics
Chair Complexe genetica van cognitoeve functies
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Member
Since 2019
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by Amsterdam UMC, Locatie VUmc
Afdeling Klinische Genetica, Sectie Complex Trait Genetics
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam
tel.  020 598 2823
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Daniëlle Posthuma studies the genetic basis of brain functions, such as intelligence, and the causes of such neurological disorders as autism, insomnia and Alzheimer’s disease. Her research involving sixty thousand adults and twenty thousand children revealed 52 ‘intelligence genes’, forty of which had not previously been identified. She also coordinated the most comprehensive meta-analysis thus far of the relative importance of genes and environment on certain human traits, based on virtually all 2,748 twin studies published in the past fifty years and involving a total of more than 14 million twin pairs. Her interdisciplinary team consists of mathematicians, economists, bioinformatists, psychologists and stem cell biologists. Posthuma was a member of The Young Academy from 2005 to 2010.