Dr. B. (Bastiaan) Bruinsma
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Dr. B. (Bastiaan) Bruinsma

Senior Research Scientist
Place of employment
CMH Utrecht


Bastiaan Bruinsma joined BRaIC in august 2020 as a senior researcher. He studied Health and Life Sciences (BSc) and Neurosciences (MSc) at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. During his studies, Bastiaan was especially interested in the relationship between neural processes and behavior and cognition. He got the chance to dive deeper into this subject during his PhD project at the Center for Neurogenomics & Cognitive Research at the VU. Here, he studied the role of specific prefrontal neuronal populations in cognitive control. At the MGGZ, Bastiaan will work on the implementation of a Virtual Reality based therapy for PTSD. 


  • Obermayer J, Luchicchi A, Heistek TS, de Kloet SF, Terra H, Bruinsma B, Mnie-Filali O, Kortleven C, Galakhova AA, Khalil, AJ, Kroon T, Jonker AJ, de Haan R, van de Berg W, Goriounova NA, de Kock C, Pattij T, & Mansvelder HD (2019). Prefrontal cortical ChAT-VIP interneurons provide local excitation by cholinergic synaptic transmission and control attention. Nature communications, 10(1), 5280.
  • Bruinsma B, Terra H, de Kloet SF, Luchicchi A, Timmerman AJ, Remmelink E, Loos M, Pattij T & Mansvelder HD (2019). An automated home-cage-based 5-choice serial reaction time task for rapid assessment of attention and impulsivity in rats. Psychopharmacology, 236(7), 2015–2026. 
  • Canto CB, Onuki Y, Bruinsma B, van der Werf YD, De Zeeuw CI. The Sleeping Cerebellum. Trends Neurosci. 2017;40(5):309‐323. 
  • Schippers MC, Bruinsma B, Gaastra M, Mesman TI, Denys D, De Vries TJ & Pattij T (2017). Deep Brain Stimulation of the Nucleus Accumbens Core Affects Trait Impulsivity in a Baseline-Dependent Manner. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 11, 52. 
  • Luchicchi A, Mnie-Filali O, Terra H, Bruinsma B, de Kloet SF, Obermayer J, Heistek TS, de Haan R, de Kock CP, Deisseroth K, Pattij T & Mansvelder HD (2016). Sustained Attentional States Require Distinct Temporal Involvement of the Dorsal and Ventral Medial Prefrontal Cortex. Frontiers in neural circuits, 10, 70.